Desert Vultures (1930)

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Filmed perhaps as early as 1928, Desert Vultures did not find distribution until 1930 when it became one of the final silent Westerns released. The film was the brainstorm of Victor Adamson and starred Art Mix. Adamson, alias Denver Dixon, had invented the name "Art Mix" back in the late '10s in an obvious effort to ride on the coattails of Tom Mix. In the beginning, he used the name himself but then began casting former rodeo rider George Kesterson as Mix. Kesterson later took the name as his own and, to confuse matters further, Adamson hired Bob Roberts to be "Art Mix" in a few films, the seemingly lost Desert Vultures perhaps among them. Adamson, who contrary to popular belief was not born "down under" but in Kansas City, Missouri, continued to produce low-budget films outside of the Hollywood establishment almost until his death in 1972, after which his son, Al, continued the family tradition.