The Trail of Hate (1922)

Genres - Western  |   Sub-Genres - Traditional Western  |   Countries - United States   |  
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This was yet another routine Western programmer starring Guinn Williams ("Big Boy," as he was nicknamed), whose talents would stand out more as a character actor in the talkies. The plot follows a familiar path: on a trip East, Silent Kerry (Williams) falls for pretty Mary Stockdale (Molly Malone). Later, by coincidence, she just happens to show up in his neck of the West. Her father (Sydney Harris) is at the mercy of the usual gang of rustlers, and there's a jealous dance hall girl, Carmencita (Maurine Chadwick), who complicates matters for Kerry. She and the scheming foreman, Jack Beecker (Gordon Russell) convince Mary that Kerry is already wedded to her. Then the foreman (did we mention that he's also the leader of the rustlers?) kidnaps Mary and Kerry's sister, Sunny (Andree Tourneur). Kerry comes to the rescue and battles the villain, who conveniently falls off a cliff to his death. Kerry's marital status is cleared up, and he and Mary are able to wed.