The Overland Telegraph (1929)

Genres - Romance, Western  |   Countries - United States   |  
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Synopsis by Hans J. Wollstein

Filmed on magnificent locations at Glacier National Park, this MGM western starring Tim McCoy came at the very end of the silent era when the medium had reached its zenith. McCoy became MGM's only series western star, and although his films were regularly dismissed as potboilers, they benefited from the usual MGM showmanship. McCoy plays an army captain who heads off an impending Indian attack by using the newfangled telegraph. Leading lady Dorothy Janis had little to do as the daughter of McCoy's commanding officer. The brunette Janis earned a brief vogue in the late 1920s starring opposite Ramon Novarro in The Pagan (1929) and Ben Lyon in Lummox (1930). Appearing among the Native American extras in this film was one Chief White Calf, the man who had modelled for the 5-cent coin.



army, attack, bad-guy, Civil-War [US], cowboy, good-guy, love, marriage, Native-American, officer, romance, war