Pioneers of the West (1929)

Genres - Western  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - United States   |  
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Veteran action specialist J.P. McGowan both produced, wrote, directed and co-starred in this late silent western starring the strapping Tom Tyler. McGowan played Tom Dorgan, a convicted train robber and suspected murderer who escapes from prison during a fire. The railroad company hires Phil Sampson (Tyler) to chase down the escapee and recover the stolen loot. Sampson's investigation leads him to the ranch belonging to Dorothy McClure (Charlotte Winn), the daughter of the murdered man. Dorgan has placed a couple of henchmen -- Bull Bradley (Tom Bay) and Spike Harkness (Mack V. Wright) -- on the ranch to watch Dorothy's every move. Harkness, who pretends to be the girl's cousin, pumps off his colleague during a scuffle, and after being caught by Sampson, Dorgan confesses that the dead man, his son, was the real killer of Dorothy's father. McGowan's penny-pinching Syndicate Film Exchange, which produced silent westerns well into 1930, later merged into Monogram Pictures.



bad-guy, damsel-in-distress, daughter, engineering, false-accusation, good-guy, inspection, loot, murder, package, robbery, search, train [locomotive]