Rainbow Riley (1926)

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Although it had its laughs, this picture had an awful lot of drama for the usual Johnny Hines vehicle. Hines plays Steve "Rainbow" Riley, a cub reporter who is first seen trying to land an interview with a man who refuses to talk to anyone. It turns out the guy is deaf and dumb -- amusing in 1926 if not exactly politically correct humor nowadays. Riley is given another assignment and sent down to the Kentucky mountains to cover a feud. Once he gets there, he falls in love with Alice Ripper (Brenda Bond) and earns the enmity of both warring clans. A mentally unhinged character (John Hamilton) runs off with Alice and takes her to his mountain stronghold. Riley's heroic measures save her, but after he has subdued the madman, he finds himself surrounded by the angry mountain clans. Luckily, he has sent a wire to the newspaper that has been misinterpreted -- instead of thinking that Riley is in trouble, they believe that it's the president who is in danger. As a result, the whole army and navy come to the rescue. The mountain men run off, and Riley and Alice are saved.