White Pebbles (1927)

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One of the many streamlined silent Westerns directed by Hollywood professional Richard Thorpe, White Pebbles starred the square-jawed Wally Wales as Zip Wallace, a cowboy coming to the aid of girl rancher Bess Allison (Olive Hasbrouck). Bess is having problems with cattle rustlers and a couple of ranch hands are found murdered, each resting on a white pebble. Posing as a tenderfoot, Zip suspects the foreman, Sam Harvey (Walter Maly), with the crimes. Harvey, as it turns out, is indeed head of the rustlers, but the murders were committed by Ah Wung (K. Nambu), the ranch cook. None of this made much sense, but Thorpe's breezy direction made up for Betty Burbridge's lackluster script. White Pebbles was produced by Gower Gulch entrepreneur Lester F. Scott Jr.