Three Jumps Ahead (1923)

Genres - Western  |   Run Time - 55 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This above-average Tom Mix western contains one of the star's more spectacular stunts -- a jump on horseback across the 20-foot Beale's Cut. Truth be told, the star, who frequently did his own stunt work, was forced to use a double this time, former rancher from Searchlight, Nevada Earl Simpson. John Ford both directed and wrote the story (based on his published work The Hostage), a typical western romance in which Mix falls for the daughter of an imperiled rancher. Nineteen-year-old Alma Bennett played the brunette heroine, and the distinguished-looking Joseph W. Girard was her father, a rancher whose property is a magnet for unscrupulous speculators. The dramatic jump across the chasm, however, was the film's real selling point. Simpson used a hidden ramp to perform the feat.

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homestead, land-scheme, love, ranch, romance