The Water Hole (1928)

Genres - Western  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Based on Zane Grey's Collier's short story, this fine Paramount Western starred the underrated Nancy Carroll as an Eastern socialite vamping Arizona rancher Philip Randolph Jack Holt, in town to discuss business with her father (C. Montague Shaw). When the smitten young man proposes, he discovers that Judith Endicott has been kidding him all along. With her father's permission, the Arizonian "kidnaps" the spoiled girl to teach her a much needed lesson. A jealous suitor (John Boles) is trailing them, however, and has an Indian accomplice steal their horses. They survive a trek through the desert and after reaching safety, a grateful Judith "kidnaps" Philip for good. A former director of 2-reel comedies, F. Richard Jones graduated to features in the 1920s but left the screen during the changeover to sound.