Silent Western Double Feature: Heart of Texas Ryan/A Child of the Prairie [DVD]

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Child of the Prairie
A rancher (Tom Mix) loses his wife (Louella Maxam) to a notorious gambler (E.J. Brady). Fifteen years later, now a sheriff, Mix saves a young girl (also Louella Maxam) from a runaway buckboard. The girl is his daughter, Ruth, lost in the woods years ago when his wife fled with her lover. Mix later apprehends the gambler -- now a wanted man -- and kills him in a gun duel. This early Mix Western from his days with the Selig Polyscope Co. not only casts Louella Maxam in a dual role as mother and daughter, but features the actress' real-life daughter, Norma Maxam, as the runaway child. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi

Heart of Texas Ryan
One of the few extant westerns from Tom Mix's days with the Selig Polyscope Company, The Heart of Texas Ryan features a rather drab Mix far removed from the flamboyant Hollywood cowboy of the later Fox years. Mix is a cowpuncher on the Ryan ranch who falls for old man Ryan's pretty daughter (Bessie Eyton), recently returned from the East. At first thought of as something of a fool, Mix proves his worth by capturing a member of a notorious gang of rustlers. He is later kidnapped by the gang, and it is up to Miss Ryan to buy his release for the sum of $2,000. Character actor William Ryno, already then a grizzled veteran, plays here a character named "Antonio Moreno," an obvious inside-joke referring to the handsome Vitagraph star of the same name. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Tom Mix
    Tom Mix - Tom Martin
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