Cupid's Brand (1921)

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Three ex-cons (Jack Hoxie, Wilbur McGaugh, and Charles Force) begin new lives ranching in the desert. An unscrupulous sheriff (William J. Dyer) demands a "protection fee," and when the cowboys refuse, he orders them to be hanged. As it turns out, however, the sheriff is actually the head of a gang of counterfeiters and wanted by the law. Advertised by producer Ben Wilson as "The Daredevil of the Screen," Jack Hoxie had been around Westerns and action melodramas for years prior to this, his first starring series. Although no actor in any established sense, Hoxie looked good in a saddle and basically got by with a shy smile and an easy manner. The leading lady of this Western, Mignon Anderson, was a veteran screen actress who had enjoyed great success as an ingenue in the 1910s with the old Thanhouser Company. Considering that her character's name was "Neva," Anderson probably replaced producer Wilson's usual heroine, Neva Gerber.