Border Whirlwind (1926)

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Starring Bob Custer and 1926 WAMPAS Baby Star Sally Long, this minor silent B-Western from producer Jesse J. Goldburg featured a young Texan tracking down the mysterious smuggler -- known only as The Scorpion -- who murdered his father. Chasing the killer down into Mexico, Custer is waylaid by the lovely Long, whose previous suitor, Palo Hérnandez, turns out to be The Scorpion. Hérnandez manages to frame his young rival, but Custer escapes and gathers enough evidence to convict his father's killer. A formidable foe, the menacing Philip Sleeman was a native of Britain whose clipped accent would prove a hindrance after the changeover to sound. Unlike countryman and fellow B-Western player Boris Karloff, Sleeman never received the one role that would make him a household name, and he left the screen in 1940.