Synopsis by Hans J. Wollstein
The third of four Jack Hoxie westerns produced by Greek-born Anthony J. Xydias' Sunset Productions in 1922, Backfire tells the story of two drifters (Hoxie and comic sidekick George Sowards) who is overheard kidding around with the idea of robbing the local Wells Fargo office. When the office is actually robbed (by bad guys William Lester and Burt Rollins), Sheriff Lew Meehan points the finger at our heroes. Hoxie manages to elude the law, however, and heads toward a farm belonging to his now-jailed comrade. But the homestead is in the hands of the crooked foreman (William Gould) who's holding the occupants hostage. The quick-witted Hoxie, who in reality is a Texas Ranger, manages in the final reel to save his friend from the gallows and lead the posse against the usurpers.
bad-guy, cowboy, frame-up, good-guy, lawman, outlaw [Western]