Womanhandled (1925)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Parody/Spoof, Satire  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Richard Dix and Esther Ralston starred together in several films during the latter half of the 1920s. This Western-comedy was especially good, due in no small part to lively direction by Gregory LaCava. Bill Dana, a member of New York society (Dix), meets Molly (Ralston) when he saves her from drowning in a small pond in Central Park. Molly proceeds to spout off her disdain for all things Eastern, especially the "womenhandled" men. In order to impress her, Dana heads out West to become a cowboy. Unfortunately, he discovers that the West of the 1920s bears little relation to the rootin' tootin', lawless days of old. There's no gunplay to be had -- it has been abolished -- and all the "real cowboys" have gone to Hollywood to be in the movies. All that's left are a bunch of Easterners, and the ranch is loaded with modern amenities. When Dana finds out that Molly is coming to see how he is progressing, he quickly turns the ranch into the kind of raw, rough place she's expecting, down to acquiring some fake Indians. It doesn't take long for Molly to see through the ruse, however, and she and Dana get into a fight. But then she gets caught in a very real cattle stampede, and Dana comes to her rescue. This picture was based -- as many silents were -- on a Saturday Evening Post story.



deception, ranch, cowboy, west, cattle, drowning, rescue