White Thunder (1925)

Genres - Western  |   Sub-Genres - Traditional Western  |  
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Silent Western star Yakima Canutt played the son of a sheriff caught in the eternal battle between sheepmen and cattle ranchers in this minor oater produced and directed by Benjamin F. Wilson. Returning from college, Yak learns that his dad has been murdered by a man with the ace of spades tattooed on his arm. Pretending to be a coward by day, he dons a white robe to become a riding avenger by night, fighting on behalf of the oppressed sheepmen. The leader of the opposing cattle ranchers, Black Morgan (Lew Meehan), attacks lovely Alice Norris (Nell Brantley), the parson's daughter, but is interrupted by the White Rider and a ferocious fight breaks out. In the heat of battle, Buck is revealed to be the wanted killer, the tell-tale tattoo now clearly visible. A minor Western star at best, Yakima Canutt turned to supporting roles, mostly villainous, after the changeover to sound. His true fame, however, came as perhaps Hollywood's premiere stunt man, an occupation that netted him an honorary Academy Award in 1966.