Bad Man's Bluff (1926)

Genres - Western  |   Sub-Genres - B-Western  |   Countries - United States   |  
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A typical low-budget Lester F. Scott, Jr. silent Western production, Bad Man's Bluff starred Buffalo Bill, Jr., alias Jay Wilsey, as Zane Castleton, a young cowboy who meets and falls for pretty rancher Alice Hardy (Molly Malone). In one of those coincidences endemic to bad pulp writing, Zane's late father once owned half of Alice's ranch, which Zane himself stands to inherit if he marries Alice before she turns 21. A wicked guardian (Frank Whitson) convinces Joe Slade (Wilbur McGaugh) to impersonate the heir, claiming the real Zane to be a fraud. When the girl remains unconvinced, the villains have her kidnapped and forced before a minister. The real Zane turns up at the last minute, and the bandits are captured. Rotund Robert McKenzie provided the film's only comic relief as Zane's movie-struck sidekick.