The Texas Tornado (1928)

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One of the late silent era's better screen cowboys, Tom Tyler, and his juvenile sidekick Frankie Darro starred in this well-mounted FBO oater about a stranger who comes to the aid of a beleaguered rancher (Frank Whitson), his daughter Ellen (Nora Lane) and foster-son Buddy (Darro). The Briscoe family is about to lose their potentially oil-rich lands to nefarious Bill Latimer (Jack Anthony), but Tom King (Tyler) comes through in the nick of time, taking over the ranch. But when old man Briscoe is found shot, Tom finds himself accused of murder by Latimer and thrown in jail. Briscoe, however, recovers and points to the real assassin, Latimer. Returning the ranch to the Briscoe family, Tom reveals himself to be the long-lost uncle of the orphaned Buddy. The Texas Tornado was directed by its screenwriter, Frank Howard Clark and edited by future RKO production chief Pandro S. Berman.