The Knickerbocker Buckaroo (1919)

Genres - Comedy, Western  |   Countries - United States   |  
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Teddy Drake (Douglas Fairbanks) is an idle clubman who wakes up to the fact that he's incredibly selfish. He wants to see what he's really made of, so he heads out West. While on the train, he changes clothes with Lopez (Albert McQuarrie), who claims he wants to go see his sick mother. Perhaps that's true, but he's also on the lam from a crooked sheriff (Frank Campeau) after screwing up a job. Teddy manages to evade the sheriff and his minions with the usual brand of Fairbanks athletics. Along the way he meets Rita (Marjorie Daw), who is being held captive with her brother (William Wellman) because they've hidden their fortune and refuse to tell the sheriff where it is. Teddy, of course, proves his unselfishness by going through quite a lot of trouble (and the requisite stuntwork) to vanquish the sheriff and, of course, he wins the girl. This was Fairbanks' last picture for Paramount -- he had just formed United Artists with Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin and D.W. Griffith. It was a pretty weak finale, though not as bad as his previous Paramount offering, Arizona. Fairbanks was still a few films away from discovering his swashbuckling persona, which revealed itself in 1920's Mark of Zorro.



brother, courage, Eastern-US, fortune [wealth], lady, outlaw [Western], playboy, stunt