Headin' North (1922)

Genres - Western  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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This second-rate Western melodrama had a lot of action but made little sense. Bob Ryan (a wooden Pete Morrison) is in love with Madge Mullins (Gladys Cooper), but Arthur Stowell (Jack Walters) entices her with visions of the big city. She decides to elope with him, and later Ryan finds her dead. He becomes determined to track down the man he holds responsible for her death. The two men meet at a lumber camp, but Ryan doesn't recognize him. Stowell robs the payroll truck and manages to put the blame on Ryan; he is almost lynched before his innocence is discovered. Ryan meets another girl, who he winds up falling in love with. Stowell is fatally shot by a half-wit, and as he dies he confesses to the robbery. He also explains that Madge's death was accidental. The story's author, Barney Furey, took a small role in the film as "the Boob," and Variety's comment on this was, "It would have been more fitting had the producer played it, for that is what he was for having bought the story in the hope that he could get it across."

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cowboy, fiancee, lumber-camp, mining-camp, revenge, robbery, silence