Wyoming (1928)

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Filmed back-to-back with Spoilers of the West (1928) at Lander, WY, this MGM production was the eighth in a series of 14 superior Tim McCoy Westerns produced between 1926 and 1929. McCoy played Jack Colton, who as a boy grows up alongside Big Cloud, the son of Chief Chapulti (Goes in the Lodge). As the boys reach maturity, their roads separate and they become enemies. Violating a treaty, Big Cloud (Charles Bell) and his warriors raid a wagon train led by Colton, now a lieutenant in the cavalry. The latter has his hands full with Samantha Farrell (Dorothy Sebastian), a headstrong woman who is traveling west to stake her claim and has no patience with "trivialities" such as Indian raids. Colton manages to both tame the girl and repel the attack. In the end, the renegade Indians are defeated when Chief Chapulti, to prevent a massacre, shoots his own son. The production supervisor on both Wyoming and Spoilers of the West was studio chief Louis B. Mayer's ambitious future son-in-law, David O. Selznick. It was Selznick's idea to produce the two films simultaneously, thus saving the company around 30,000 dollars.