Dangerous Trails (1923)

Genres - Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Drama  |   Run Time - 65 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This obscure silent Western was a typical example of the pioneer spirit still alive in the 1920s. Producer Morris R. Schlank, director-writer Alvin J. Neitz, and a cast of fine, if unaffiliated, supporting actors travelled to Cheyenne, Wyoming, to "shoot" this Northwest Mounted Police melodrama. The group named themselves Rocky Mountains Productions, and Neitz filmed his little tale with money invested by local Cheyenne businessmen, several of whom acted in bit parts in the film. The story was not original, to say the least: Mounted police inspector Noah Beery battles not only a gang of opium smugglers but also a haughty society belle, played -- vigorously -- by Irene Rich. Appearing in a supporting role, local boy Fred Hank returned with the company to Hollywood and headlined a series of very low-budget Western 2-reelers before returning to the obscurity from whence he had come.

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bad-guy, drugs, gangster, good-guy, Mountie (Royal Canadian Mounted Police), smuggling