Silent Shelby (1922)

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Although Frank Borzage had pretty much given up acting in favor of directing by 1922, he does both in this Western, produced by Aywon. The cattlemen of the Bar-C ranch have struck terror into all their neighbors -- that is, except for Silent Shelby (Borzage), who goes out of his way to prove that he does not fear them. Ward Curtis (Harvey Clark), who heads a mining company, takes note of this and hires Shelby to search for gold on the Bar-C lands. Among those suffering the ranch's intimidation are sheep man Dave Moore (Perry Banks) and his son, Bobbie -- except Bobbie is really a girl (Ann Little) disguised as a boy. Shelby discovers her secret one day when he catches her with her hat off. Inevitably, the big fight between Shelby and the Bar-C ranch gets underway. Moore is killed in the fracas, but Bobbie finds a protector -- and a husband -- in Shelby. This picture was adapted from a novel, The Land O' Lizards.