An unimpressive but well intending man is given the chance to marry a popular actress, of whom he has been a hopeless fan. But what he doesn't realize is that he is being used to make the actress' old flame jealous.
The discovery of gold in California in 1848 brings a tide of gold seekers to the area, disrupting the lives of the Guerrero family who have owned nearby Rancho Chico for generations. Among these are Dermod D'Arcy, in partners with a jailer, Bejabbers. At a fiesta where horse races are traditionally run, a stranger notices Dermod's exceptionally fast horse, Pathfinder, and urges him to enter the horse in the race. It becomes a three-horse race, with Don José Guerrero betting his ranch that his horse will win. When Pathfinder wins, Dermod takes the ranch as his share of the winnings and gives it to Don José's daughter, Josephita, with whom he had fallen in love earlier, when he met her. Dermod and Bejabbers leave to search for gold, and the town grows rich as more and more gold is amassed. Meanwhile, a bandit chief, Cannon, met Josephita's brother, Romauldo, and forced him to join the gang, which planned to loot the town of its gold before Wells and Fargo shipped it east. As two of the ...Written by
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AN OUT-DOOR PICTURE REFRESHING AS A MOUNTAIN STREAM....LET THE CURRENT OF THIS TALE OF LOVE, HATE, SACRIFICE, PATHOS CARRY YOU TO NEW FIELDS OF ROMANCE (Print ad- Deseret News, ((Salt Lake City, Utah)) 27 July 1929) See more »
Director Allan Dwan recalled that Buster Keaton made an uncredited cameo appearance as a drunken cowboy getting tossed out of a saloon. The comedian visited the set one day and did the bit purely as a surprise gag; Dwan claimed he kept it in the film (while a couple of production stills showing Keaton (in costume and make-up) posing with the main cast survive, his scene has not been identified in existing prints) and said that Keaton, who had just signed with MGM and was about to begin work on "The Cameraman", the stunt "wasn't part of the scene at all . . . He did the stunt to amuse the Talmadge girls--he was married to Natalie Talmadge--who were on the set." See more »
A routine western set in the gold country of California during the 1848 gold rush.
I got a kick out of this film mostly because it is set in the area where I live, the gold country of California, which is now also celebrating the sesquicentennial of the discovery of gold. But the film is very routine, with Tom Keene going into partnership with jailer James Bradbury, Sr. to search for gold. There is a love interest, Renée Adorée, a bad guy in the person of Fred Kohler who leads a gang looking to loot the gold amassed in the town, and some suspense when Kohler forces Adorée's brother, William Collier, Jr., to join the gang against his will and participate in the raid. The gang is in for a big surprise when Keene overhears their plans. There's almost no comedy in the film.
The film was caught in the transition to sound, so it is a silent film with music and sound effects added. It runs at the sound speed which causes the action to speed up, sometimes very noticeably.
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