Romance Land (1923)

Genres - Comedy, Western  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Less a western than an attempt by Tom Mix to emulate Will Rogers, this silent action comedy features the star donning a suit of armor to battle an unscrupulous ranch foreman in a style that would appear familiar to King Arthur and his knights. Mix loved this kind of nonsense -- diehard western fans less so -- and it was "westerns" like Romance Land that made William S. Hart and his stark sentimentality seem awfully dated in comparison. Mix's producer, Fox, pulled out all the stops this time, casting brunette Barbara Bedford, a box-office "name," as the leading lady. Bedford had earlier earned splendid reviews for playing Cora Munro in Maurice Tourneur's lavishly mounted The Last of the Mohicans (1920). Romance Land came on the heels of the even more luxurious Arabia, also co-starring Bedford, and it only added to Mix's growing popularity.



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