The Vanishing West (1928)

Genres - Western  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Although not quite the epic its title suggested, this 10 chapter Western serial from genre specialist Mascot was certainly star-studded. Nine former Western stars was added to the line-up by enterprising producer Nat Levine: Jack Perrin, Eileen Sedgwick, Jack Daugherty, Yakima Canutt, Leo Maloney, William Fairbanks, Helen Gibson, Fred Church and Bob Burns. All had been popular at various times in the 1920s but were now at large in a fast-changing Hollywood at the advent of sound. Perrin played Jack Marvin, a fugitive from justice attempting to rescue little Wally Lee (Mickey Bennett) from the clutches of an evil uncle. There is a mysterious fortune at stake but Jack manages to save both the boy and the fortune in the appropriately named final chapter, "The End of the Trail." The Vanishing West, however, was merely the beginning for the enterprising Mascot studio, which continued to grind out serials until swallowed up by Republic Pictures in March of 1935.




fugitive, rescue, boy, justice, evil, fortune [wealth], uncle