Buried Gold (1926)

Genres - Western  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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This inexpensive silent western was the first of eight Al Hoxie oaters filmed on location in Arkansas by penny-pinching producer Morris Schlank. Schlank had two units going at the same time, the one starring Hoxie and another featuring rodeo cowboy Bob Reeves. Releasing through the Arrow exchanges, Schlank dumped his little western melodramas upon unsuspecting rural movie-goers once a month. According to Hoxie himself, the budding cowboy star had been promised Francis Ford as director, but when the company arrived in Arkansas, Ford had been replaced with the somewhat more careless J. P. McGowan. Considered the best of the Hoxie series, Buried Gold centered on a cowpoke helping an elderly rancher fight off a crooked ranch foreman. The look-alike younger brother of Universal star Jack Hoxie, Al Hoxie went on to enjoy a minor western career in the late 1920s. Unlike brother Jack, Al's starring career did not survive the transition to sound.