Fast and Fearless (1924)

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If this rather ordinary Western picture stood out from the pack it was because of the name of its star, Buffalo Bill Jr. Not that the actor was related in any way to the actual Buffalo Bill Cody. In fact, his real name was Jay Wilsey. But Wilsey's stage name -- given to him by producer Lester F. Scott -- certainly had some box-office value, and his pictures had enough action to keep people from mulling over the ruse. This feature was Wilsey's second and is graced with the presence of a very young Jean Arthur. Pedro Gomez (George Magrill) is the leader of a group of bandits who are terrorizing a border town. Sheriff Hawkins (Victor Allen) organizes a posse to deal with the bad guys, but Lightning Bill Lewis (Buffalo Bill Jr.) goes off on his own and discovers the bandit's lair. Gomez returns to town with a plan to kidnap Mary Brown (Arthur), the daughter of Judge Brown (William Turner) and Lewis' fiancée. Lewis stops him, but Gomez's pals help him escape. Lewis helps Captain Duerta of the Mexican Rurales (Julian Rivero) scare the bandits off. With the help of a group of Rurales, Gomez and his men are brought to justice, and Lewis is free to wed Mary.