The Sheriff's Secret (1931)

Genres - Western  |   Run Time - 58 min.  |  
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Yet another little indiscretion from Gower Gulch producer Robert J. Horner, this no-budget Western starred former silent cowboy Jack Perrin and his horse Starlight in a too-cute story of a wanted outlaw (Perrin) escaping into the desert with a young child (Fred Hargreaves). Eluding the sheriff's posse, Jack finds ways to take care of the little boy including "kidnapping" a doctor when the child takes ill. He is helped through it all by a sympathetic girl from the nearby town (Dorothy Bauer), and she persuades the reformed outlaw to give himself up to the sheriff. Before he is taken away, Jack proposes to both Alice and little Bill and they in turn promise to wait until he has served his sentence. Why this Western was called The Sheriff's Secret is anybody's guess.