Bob Hampton of Placer (1921)

Genres - Drama, Western  |   Sub-Genres - Traditional Western  |   Run Time - 88 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Director Marshall Neilan brought his cast and crew to Montana for this extravagant re-telling of the famous last stand at Little Big Horn. The surrounding story of a military officer (James Kirkwood) turning into a notorious gunslinger after serving time for a crime he didn't commit is average B-Western melodrama, however. On his way west, Kirkwood saves a young girl (Marjorie Daw) from marauding Indians, and in one of those coincidences found only in the brain of a Hollywood screenwriter, she turns out to be the daughter he never knew he had. With a young and pretty daughter to care for, Kirkwood's gunman redeems himself and dies nobly alongside General Custer (Dwight Crittenden) in that suicidal last stand. Director Neilan, unfortunately, cluttered up his narrative by spending an inordinate time showcasing the tiresome Wesley Barry, a freckled urchin whom no one but Neilan himself much liked.



daughter, false-accusation, girl, gunfighter, killing, murder, name-clearing, Native-American, officer, prison, revenge, train [locomotive], wagon, wagon-train, youth