Border Blackbirds (1927)

Genres - Western  |   Sub-Genres - Traditional Western  |   Run Time - 56 min.  |   Countries - United States   |  
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Produced and directed by Gower Gulch regular Leo Maloney, this minor silent Western featured Maloney and his sidekick Mournful Luke (Nelson McDowell) as a couple of drifters seeking shelter from a blizzard. In a mountain cabin, they find the body of an old friend and a note that blames his death on the Border Blackbirds, a notorious gang operating on the border of Canada. On the advice of crooked banker Lars Suderman (Joseph Rickson), the real killer, McWraight (Bud Osborne), points an accusatory finger at the two drifters, and they are arrested. With the help of the murdered man's daughter (Eugenia Gilbert), Maloney manages to escape and find enough evidence to convict both Suderman and McWraight. Appearing as a young mountie in this film is Don Coleman, a discovery of Maloney's who would star in his own Western series from 1928 to 1929.



cowboy, false-accusation, honor [recognition], outlaw [Western], robbery