Footlight Ranger (1923)

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Billed "Charles Jones" for the occasion, Fox cowboy Buck Jones found himself on Broadway in this silent melodrama. He played Bill Moreland, a cowboy who befriends a stranded chorus girl, Janet Ainslee (Fritzi Brunette). Bill sells his prize dogs to pay Janet's way back to New York and, in love with the girl, follows her to Manhattan where he obtains a job as a construction worker. When Janet finds herself in the clutches of a typically lecherous theatrical producer (James Mason), the cowboy comes to her rescue once again and easily persuades her to return with him to the West. Almost every silent screen cowboy landed on Broadway at one time or another (or at least in unfamiliar surroundings in the big city), including William Fairbanks (Broadway Buckaroo, 1921), Hoot Gibson (Broadway or Bust, 1924), and Tom Mix (The Big Diamond Robbery, 1929).



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