Straight from the Shoulder (1921)

Genres - Western  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Played mostly for laughs, this silent Buck Jones Western featured the star as "The Mediator," a drifter who manages to restore peace both within a family and between miners and their powerful employer. Buck nurses a wounded Bill Higgins (Norman Selby) back to health before returning him to the ill-named Peaceful Valley and his harridan of a wife (Frances Hatton). The local miners, meanwhile, are suffering under a dictatorial foreman (G. Raymond Nye) who, with Buck's intervention, is removed by company president Herschel Mayall. The dismissed Nye takes his revenge by inducing the workers to strike, but Buck, "The Mediator" and the newly elected foreman, prevents disaster by unmasking his predecessor as a thief. As a reward for his "mediation," Buck wins the love of Maggie, the waitress (Helen Ferguson). As always, Hollywood screenwriters took the position that bad working conditions were the fault of crooked mid-level management and not the company owners. Selby was better known as Kid McCoy.