The Wagon Master (1929)

Genres - Western  |   Sub-Genres - Musical Western  |   Run Time - 70 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Popular western star Ken Maynard crooned a couple of prairie tunes in this his first (part-)talkie, making Ken the screen's first singing cowboy. He plays a guide hired to escort a group of miners to a presumably prosperous site. Along the way, the group is accosted by a whip-toting villain (veteran bad man Tom Santschi), but Maynard is ready with both vocal chords (although his off-key warbling is no help) and walloping fists. Like most major studios, First National soon curtailed their western division in favor of stage-bound society melodramas, and Maynard had to fend for himself on poverty row. He prevailed and enjoyed a career that lasted through the mid-1940s.

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bad-guy, cowboy, good-guy, guide, mine, outlaw [Western]