The Lone Horseman (1929)

Genres - Action, Western  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Veteran producer-director J. P. McGowan helmed this minor western starring one of the very best of the late silent-era cowboys, New York-born Tom Tyler. Tyler had begun his screen career with FBO, but as that studio started gearing up for talkies (eventually merging into what would become RKO), the strapping actor moved over to McGowan's Syndicate Film Exchange operation. Releasing silent westerns with synchronized scores and a few sound-effects long after most other firms had switched to talkies, Syndicate's patrons were small theaters not yet fully equipped for sound. Almost all the films were directed by McGowan himself and scripted by Sally Winters, utilizing the same casts and as few sets as possible. The Lone Horseman tells the story of a rancher who, just released from the hospital, learns that his property has been sold by a treacherous friend to someone named Pat. Intending to administer "Pat" a solid beating, Tyler discovers that the bearer of the name is actually an elderly widow (Emma Tansey) who lives with her pretty niece (Charlotte Winn). Drawn to the niece, Tyler hangs around incognito long enough to rescue the women from a gang of outlaws who have discovered that there is gold in them thar hills.

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bad-guy, cowboy, gold, good-guy, horseman, hospital, identity, land-scheme, land-war, marriage, niece, ranch, romance, widow/widower