The Ace of Spades (1925)

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The oft-filmed Oklahoma land rush took center stage once again in this lavish 15-chapter Universal Western serial starring the veteran William Desmond. Desmond played Dan Harvey, a prairie sleuth attempting to locate a gang of crooks who are terrorizing the settlers and whose calling card is "The Ace of Spades." Universal's chief serial ace Henry McRae directed Isadore Bernstein and William Lord Wright's colorful screenplay, which incorporated such historical personages as Napoleon Bonaparte (William P. De Vaull), Thomas Jefferson (John Herdman), Talleyrand (John Shanks), and James Monroe (Bert Sprotte). The Oklahoma land rush was a popular theme in 1925, which also saw an even more spectacular reenactment of the race in the William S. Hart's epic Tumbleweeds.