Silent Western Double Feature: The Unknown Ranger/Black Cyclone [DVD]
- SKU: 19867607
- Release Date: 01/03/2012
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When Chandler (Ben Hill) comes to town and claims to be an author in search of "local color," it means one of two things -- either he is a tired cliché of a movie character, or he is the leader of an opium smuggling ring. The "Unknown Ranger" (Rex Ray) unmasks him as the latter in this subpar silent western. But then, it's pretty easy to figure out that Chandler is the bad guy -- first he cheats at cards, then he makes moves on the ranger's sweetie, Jo (Marie Newell). In a mildly thrilling gun fight, the ranger pursues the villain over high cliffs. Chandler, however, is only wounded and heads for Jo's ranch. He claims that the ranger shot him in a jealous rage, but our hero bursts in and proves him very wrong. Then he proves he's also not a very good ranger by letting the villain get away. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi
Silent screen cowboy Guinn "Big Boy" Williams and lovely Kathleen Collins (Mrs. Williams in real life) take a back seat to an unusual equine love triangle in this off-beat action thriller. Rex the Wonder Horse is really the film's leading "man," with the mare Lady as the "damsel in distress" and a black horse named "Killer" "acting" the "other man." Comedy producer Hal Roach dabbled in the western genre during the final years of silents, and Black Cyclone was perhaps his finest. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi