Fighting Ranger (1925)

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After crashing his plane in the wilderness, a young airborne forest ranger is nursed back to health by a mountain man and his pretty daughter in this 18-chapter serial from Universal. The Marshalls, father William Welsh and daughter Eileen Sedgwick, have been hiding out in the hills for years following a killing. As ranger Terence O'Rourke (Jack Daugherty) discovers, the Marshalls were framed by their erstwhile foreman, "Topaz" Taggart (Bud Osborne), who is now stealing them blind. Released in May of 1925, The Fighting Ranger was yet another attempt by Universal to turn handsome Jack Daugherty into a viable action star, the studio counting on the actor's much publicized marriage to Metro star Barbara La Marr. Rumors of drug abuse, however, got in the way and Daugherty never quite made the grade. The Fighting Ranger should not be confused with an ultra low-budget Al Hoxie oater of the same title and release year.