Tom and His Pals (1926)

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Poverty-row studio Film Booking Office (the later RKO) had a winning combination in the strapping Tom Tyler and freckle-faced boy actor Frankie Darro (later Darrow), whose pleasant westerns were favorites with the small fry. This time around, a movie company arrives at Tyler's ranch. Tyler's naive girlfriend (Doris Hill) is quickly under the spell of the movie company's lecherous leading man (favorite western villain James Mason), and the cowboy retaliates by flirting with movie femme fatale Helen Lynch. Only fair entertainment as westerns go, Tom and His Pals offered the audience a rare insight into the woolly world of low-budget filmmaking. The "pals" of the title were the aforementioned Darro plus two clever canines.

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bad-guy, cowboy, damsel-in-distress, filmmaker, good-guy, kidnapping, outlaw [Western], rescue, train [locomotive]