The Sunshine Trail (1923)

Genres - Comedy, Western  |   Sub-Genres - Farce  |  
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Although he is forgotten today, Douglas MacLean was one of the best purveyors of light comedy during the 1920s. While there was nothing particularly striking about this particular Western comedy (which was produced by Thomas Ince), MacLean and director James W. Horne (famous later for his work with Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy) gave it a lively touch. When good-natured James Henry MacTavish (MacLean) comes into an inheritance, he travels East to claim it with the determination that he will "scatter sunshine" along the way. But MacTavish almost immediately lands himself in hot water. He naively gets tangled up with a loving couple (Josephine Sedgwick and Barney Furey) who turn out to be a pair of robbers and then he winds up in jail for impersonating himself. His childhood sweetheart, June Carpenter (Edith Roberts), is the only one from his hometown who recognizes him, but MacTavish refuses to admit he is himself because he wants June to go ahead and marry her rich fiancé. Confused yet? Eventually everything gets straightened out, and in spite of his efforts to the contrary, MacTavish wins June.

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complications, courage, encounter, escape, fortune [wealth], freedom, generosity, hometown, lawyer, loot, love, mission [quest], war