Forgotten Western Classics: Texas Cowboy/With Sitting Bull at the Spirit Lake Massacre [DVD]

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Texas Cowboy
Bob Steele stars as Dick Carlysle, who returns home to his family ranch after almost a year away in Texas to discover that his widowed mother has married Brute Kettle (J.P. McGowan), a local rancher with whom he has a lot of bad history. He's willing to stay on long enough to make certain of his mother's happiness, and learns that Kettle only married her to gain control of the ranch. The marriage allows him to replace her as executor of her late husband's estate, but still standing in the way of his plan is Dick, who is due to inherit his share of the estate (and the ranch) when he turns 21. It turns out that Kettle has been reading and intercepting his wife's mail and otherwise manipulating and isolating her, trying to divide mother and son, and Dick's return greatly complicates his plans and intentions. He's willing to fight with every ounce of strength, but can the young cowboy stop the wealthy, brutal, and totally larcenous Kettle and his men? ~ Bruce Eder, Rovi

With Sitting Bull at the Spirit Lake Massacre
As helmed by Robert North Bradbury, the silent feature With Sitting Bull at the Spirit Lake Massacre was produced in 1925 but went unreleased until 1927, and was then considered lost for another 80 years. It stars a Native American thespian, Chief Yowlachie, as the famous 19th Century Sioux Indian Sitting Bull. The tale unfolds in the 1860s or 1870s, just outside of Spirit Lake, Iowa, where the burgeoning Caucasian populace continues to claim one Native American settlement after another, indiscriminately. They err (and in a big way) by laying hands on a settlement long promised to the Sioux, located at Spirit Lake proper; this, in turn, rouses the ire of Sitting Bull and prompts him to forcibly reclaim the territory. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Bob Steele
    Bob Steele - Dick Carlysle
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    Edna Aslin - Grace Valentine
  • J.P. McGowan
    J.P. McGowan - Brute Kettle
  • Bud Osborne
    Bud Osborne - Bud Kettle
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    Albert Hewston - Fred Bennett
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