Synopsis by Hans J. Wollstein
Tom Mix plays an Eastern dandy who finds himself banished to a Western ranch in this routine silent Western which boasted of an above-average supporting cast. The sophisticated Helene Chadwick, a discovery of producer Samuel Goldwyn, is the rancher whom Mix constantly provokes, while William E. Lawrence, a former Universal series star, portrays a rival ranch hand. There is a conspiracy to part Miss Chadwick from her fortune, but Mix, of course, manages to save the day -- and Miss Chadwick. The film also featured performances from such popular silent screen players as sour-faced Emily Fitzroy, comedian Spec O'Donnell, Phyllis Haver, a Mack Sennett Bathing Beauty, and Ethel Grey Terry, who later played Calamity Jane in Wild Bill Hickock (1923). Hard Boiled was based on the short story Ridin' with Youth by Shannon Fife.