West of Chicago (1922)

Genres - Drama, Western  |   Countries - USA  |  
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In this silent Western "whodunit," a very young Buck Jones stars as Conroy Daley, a young man whose uncle offers him a job on his ranch. When Con arrives, he learns that the uncle (Charles French) has been murdered. Not only that, but a mysterious stranger (Otto Matiesen) is impersonating Con. The accused murderer, Bud Moore (Harold Miller), has disappeared and Con, keeping his real identity a secret, joins forces with Moore's innocent sister, Della (Renée Adorée). The uncle, as it turns out, is not dead at all but has been abducted by ranch foreman John Hampton (Philo McCullough), who wants the ranch for himself. This convoluted Western, whose working title was "Vamoose," had two directors: Scott R. Dunlap and C.R. Wallace, often an indication of a troubled production. Leading lady Adorée later became a major star at MGM as John Gilbert's French girlfriend in The Big Parade (1925).

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cowboy, Eastern-US, justice, love, ranch, sister, uncle, west