Made-To-Order Hero (1928)

Genres - Western  |   Countries - USA  |  
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One of Universal's lesser cowboy stars, Ted Wells appeared as a milquetoast rancher with girlfriend problems in this lighthearted Western which read like a Hoot Gibson reject. Wells played Bert Lane, the proud owner of the 3X ranch, whose girlfriend, Margery Murray (Marjorie Bonner, is arriving from the East accompanied by her Aunt Saphrona (Pearl Sindelar). Auntie, however, doesn't consider Lane proper marriage material, insisting her niece marry a bona fide hero. Impersonating the notorious Borden gang, Lane and a couple of ranch hands pretend to hold up the stage in which the women are travelling. Fellow passenger Fred Van Ratt (Jack Pratt) becomes Aunt Saphrona's hero by driving off the "bandits" and is exactly the type of man Saphrona had in mind for her niece. But Van Ratt is in reality Borden, the gang leader, and is after Auntie's jewelry. Saphrona and Margery suddenly find themselves kidnapped for real, until rescued by Lane. With Borden and his gang safely put away, Aunt Saphrona has a change of heart and readily agrees to Lane as Margery's fiancée. Leading lady Marjorie Bonner married author Malcolm Lowry and was reportedly the inspiration for Yvonne in Under the Volcano.