The Mysterious Witness (1923)

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A ranch hand is falsely accused of murdering his employer in this minor effort from independent producers Robertson-Cole. Apparently aiming for a wider audience, the company didn't cast any of their series stars but awarded the lead role to Robert Gordon, a toothy youth who had played Huckleberry Finn in Tom Sawyer (1917) and again in Huck and Tom (1918). In this film, murder suspect Gordon is forced into action when the crooked ranch foreman attempts to fleece his poor old ma (Nanine Wright). With the assistance of the dead rancher's daughter (Elinor Fair), he manages to expose said foreman (Jack Connolly) as not only a swindler but a vicious killer as well. Robert Gordon did not make it as a Western star, his only other effort in the genre being the obscure The Wildcat (1924). He left films in 1927 in favor of a career in real estate.

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cowboy, daughter, expose [revelation], foreman, home, mother, owner, ranch, scheme, skinflint, witness