Trick of Hearts (1928)

Genres - Western  |   Run Time - 65 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Universal star Hoot Gibson usually did better with sly humor than out-and-out sagebrush melodrama. In this comedy-western, based on the life of Henry Irving Dodge, the veteran performer kept his tongue firmly planted in his cheek as he goes up against a town run by such women as newly elected sheriff, Carrie Patience (Rosa Gore in a character obviously lampooning temperance movement leader Carrie A. Nation). Hoping to restore some masculinity to the sheriff's office, Gibson stages a series of fake hold-ups but is soon upstaged by a real crook (Joe Rickson, who kidnaps the hero's girlfriend (Georgia Hale of The Gold Rush fame). Veteran comics Heinie Conklin (in blackface, no less!) and George Ovey add their patented slapstick to the already raucous goings-on in this silent Western directed by action specialist B. Reeves Eason.