The Oklahoma Kid (1929)

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John R. Freuler's highly misnamed Big Productions released this modest oater starring stolid silent screen hero Bob Custer as a cowboy ambushed by a gang of outlaws and later falsely accused of being one himself. Custer ultimately proves his innocence by displaying a tattoo depicting the state of Oklahoma! The film contained a couple of furious slug-fests but the overall effect, according to trade-paper reviews, was that of inertia. A mildly popular also-ran Western star, Custer founded his own production company in 1927. A reputed inability to remember lines sealed his fate in talkies, however, and he retired in the mid-1930s to become a building inspector.

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ambush, bad-guy, cattle, cowboy, good-guy, mistaken-identity, outlaw [Western], tattoo