Lightning Bill (1926)

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Although she did her fair share of low-budget Westerns prior to major stardom, this film, from poverty row studio Goodwill, remains Jean Arthur's most obscure. She played Marie, a pretty sagebrush lass, and had little to do in the film other than admire leading man William Norton Bailey's heroics. The latter, playing rancher Lightning Bill Williams, loses his nerve after a fall from a cliff and is taken advantage of by a couple of swindlers. Oil is found on Bill's land and a loyal ranch hand (Jack Henderson) hypnotizes Bill back into action. The villains (Charles Meakin and Tom Shirley) are defeated, and Bill and Marie can plan a rosy future together.