Riders of the Dark (1928)

Genres - Western  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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MGM's only series western hero, Tim McCoy, played a Texas Ranger lieutenant in this well-made but less than inspiring silent oater. The son (Rex Lease) and daughter (Dorothy Dwan) of a slain newspaper editor team up with Lieutenant Crane in order to catch their father's killer. When Molly accidentally shoots one of the suspects, Crane takes the girl into protective custody, falling in love with her along the way. The bandits attack the jail, but they are defeated by Crane and the arrival of the cavalry. A former technical advisor on Indian lore, McCoy went on to star in scores of low-budget westerns in the '30s and '40s. But not for MGM. Alone among Hollywood studios, the Culver City film factory never again attempted to produce series westerns, the bread-and-butter of most of its competitors.