Desert's Crucible (1922)

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In one of his final Westerns for penny-pinching producer Ben Wilson, Jack Hoxie played an Eastern scion sent West to become a man. He falls for lovely Andree Tourneur, but she remains unimpressed even after he successfully breaks a wild stallion. A gang of cutthroats is trying to get rid of the nosy Jack, but they shoots a look-alike bandit (also Hoxie) instead. Heroically, Hoxie rounds up the gang, finally winning the girl's love. A real-life cowpoke from Oklahoma, Hoxie had the looks and riding skills -- if not the acting capabilities -- to make a fine sagebrush hero, but he was often defeated by cheap scripts and inadequate direction.