Lone Hand Saunders (1926)

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Popular silent Western star Fred Thomson was known for the wholesomeness of his pictures. Here, a little boy plays a far more important role than supposed co-star Bess Flowers (and in any case, they both play second fiddle to Thomson's majestic horse, Silver King). Fred Saunders (Thomson) is known as Lone Hand because he only uses his left hand. For a mysterious reason, his right hand is always kept in his pocket and most people assume it is useless. Two outlaws decide to make use of Saunders' peculiarity and they frame him for a series of stage coach robberies they have perpetrated -- one of them uses only his left hand, just like Saunders. An orphanage burns down and Saunders rescues Buddy (Billy Butts), a crippled boy, and soon he has outfitted him in little Western togs and given him a burro. As the townsfolk come to believe that Saunders is robbing stagecoaches, he reveals the reason he never uses his right hand to Buddy -- he is really a surgeon of note, and when his sister died before he was able to operate on her, he decided never to use his right hand again. He breaks his vow to operate on Buddy and repair his leg, and with the help of Silver King and Alice Mills (Flowers), he eludes the posse so he can perform the delicate procedure. Once he has taken care of Buddy, Saunders tracks down the real robbers and forces them to confess.