Pioneers of the West (1927)

Genres - Western  |   Run Time - 61 min.  |  
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As a foreword to this low-budget silent western intones, "Perhaps the most important step in the early stages of the settlement of the Far West was the establishment of the historic Pony Express in 1859." One of the bravest of the riders, "Pony Bob" Haslam (Dick Carter) gets in trouble with the Piutes, whose chief, Black Eagle (Olin Francis), has come under the influence of a greedy white renegade, Aleck Harvey (Bud Osborne). The latter is not only after a shipment of gold but also Bright Feather (Dorothy Earle), a white girl abducted in childhood by the Indians. Much to the consternation of the chief's previous favorite, the scheming Moonlight (Gene Crosby), Black Eagle wants to make Bright Feather his squaw but the girl has fallen in love with "Pony Bob," "the only real man of her race she has ever seen," as a title explains. When forced to pick either Black Eagle or Harvey, Bright Feather chooses a third option: to take her own life. Will Bob be in time to rescue the distressed damsel? Produced in the late 1910s-very early 1920s but not released until 1927, this independently made Western bears no resemblance to the 1929 oater of the same title.