The Silent Man/Blue Blazes Rawden [DVD]

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Blue Blazes Rawden
Along with Hell's Hinges and Tumbleweeds, Blue Blazes Rawden is currently among the most readily available of William S. Hart's westerns. Hart, of course, plays the title character, a brawny lumberjack who enters into a poker game with a deceptively mild-looking English gambler named Ladyfingers Hilgard (Robert McKim). The stakes are Hilgard's gambling emporium -- and, it is implied, the Englishman's girlfriend Babette Du Fresne (Maud George). Accusing each other of cheating, Rawden and Hilgard decide to settle their differences with their six-shooters. And this is only the beginning of the picture, which by the final reel has incorporated practically all of the familiar William S. Hart elements, including the self-sacrificial redemption of the "good bad man" hero. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Silent Man
Just about everybody except the leading lady has a nickname in this William S. Hart Western. The claim of "Silent" Bud Marr (Hart) is stolen by a pair of badmen, dance hall owner "Handsome" Jack Pressley (the always-villainous Robert McKim) and crooked agent Ames Mitchell (Milton Ross). But Marr is determined to get revenge, and he holds up the stagecoach carrying Pressley, his new bride, Betty Bryce (Vola Vale), and the outlaws' first shipment of gold dust. When he realizes that Betty is an innocent that Pressley will no doubt put to work at his dance hall, Marr kidnaps her and puts her in the care of "Preaching Bill" Hardy (George P. Nichols) and his wife (Getrude Claire). Marr is hunted as an outlaw, while Pressley, frustrated that the preacher won't reveal his whereabouts, burns down his home and half-built church. Finally, Marr allows Betty's brother David (Harold Goodwin) to capture him so he can collect the reward. At the trial, things look bad for Marr, since the villains are in charge of the proceedings. But just in time, Marr's pal, "Grubstake" Higgins (J.P. Lockney) shows up and reveals that he is an agent for the department of justice who has had his eye on Pressley the whole time. Pressley is captured in a thrilling Hart climax, and when it is discovered that he was already married to dance hall girl Topaz (Dorcas Matthews), Betty is free to become Marr's wife. The humorous titles here are atypical of the usual Hart feature, and quite refreshing. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • William S. Hart
    William S. Hart - Blue Blazes Rawden
  • Jack Hoxie
    Jack Hoxie
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