The Hawk (1935)

Genres - Western  |   Run Time - 55 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hans J. Wollstein

Rock bottom western film-making on all fronts, The Hawk starred Yancey Lane as Jay Price, a young man who learns from his dying mother that his estranged father, Jim King, has been searching for him for twenty years. Every year on Jay's birthday, a certified letter from Jim had remained unclaimed at the post office, Mrs. Price having been too proud to let her son in on her dark secret. Determined to be reunited with the father he never knew, Jay demands this year's letter from the post master. When he cannot prove his identity, Jay's claim is denied and he instead grabs the letter at gunpoint. King (Lafe McKee), meanwhile, is having problems with rustlers who, unbeknownst to Jim, are hired by ranch foreman Jeff Murdock (Rollo Dix). The latter accuses a phantom figure known as "The Hawk" for the crimes and the arrival of Jay confuses matters even further. Despite being wanted for jail theft, Jay gains the confidence of all and sundry and can finally reveal himself as Jim's long-lost son. While Jay and Betty (Betty Jordan), Jim's foster-daughter, embrace, Jeff Murdock, alias "The Hawk," is taken to jail by Sheriff Palmer (Henry Hall).