Hands Off (1921)

Genres - Western  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The director of such classics as Destry Rides Again, The Blue Dahlia (1946) and The Sheepman (1958), George Marshall began his directorial career making routine Westerns in 1916. By 1921, he had graduated to features such as this Tom Mix oater, which, according to the trade-paper Motion Picture News, was "one of the biggest productions Mix had offered to the public." The center-piece of the film was a realistically staged stampede of wild horses and a rescue by Mix of a wayward four-year old boy (Marvin Loback). An otherwise routine Western fable about the exploits of the Texas Rangers, Hands Off was based on a the novel Oh You Tex by William McLeod Raine. Playing the heroine's weak-willed brother was future director Lloyd Bacon, who that year joined forces with comedy star Lloyd Hamilton. Bacon later worked for Mack Sennett and in the 1930s became noted for his extravagant musicals for Warner Bros.