Road Agent (1926)

Genres - Western  |   Sub-Genres - Outlaw (Gunfighter) Film  |   Run Time - 70 min.  |  
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The fourth of eight Al Hoxie Westerns produced by Morris R. Schlank and directed by J.P. McGowan, this inexpensive silent oater tested the novice star's acting prowess to the limit by casting him in a dual role. Hoxie played both The Kansas Kid, a fugitive from justice, and John Worth, a look-alike -- but missing -- heir to a lucrative ranch. Worth will only receive his inheritance if he manages to return before his mother (Florence Lee) dies. Villainous Lew Meehan and his henchman Leon De La Mothe plan to take over the ranch by passing off the Kid as the prodigal son. The Kid, who has fallen in love with the old woman's niece (Ione Reed), refuses to comply and instead ends the masquerade by saving the real John Worth. Having outwitted the outlaws, the Kid gives himself up to serve the remainder of his jail term and Reed promises to wait for his return. This obscure Western marked the screen debut of prolific B-movie player Ted Adams as one of Meehan's henchmen.