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This RARE and wonderful 1925 B&W silent screen motion picture movie dvd release is titled... DICK TURPIN
Starring silent screen western cowboy legend TOM MIX
Directed by John G. Blystone
It runs approx. 70 minutes long with an organ music soundtrack!
Cowboy ace Tom Mix allowed himself a change of pace (in a dashing Douglas Fairbanks Sr. kind of role) with this costume swashbuckling adventure set in the UK. Mix plays the legendary British highwayman, who after robbing nasty Lord Churlton (Philo McCullough) learns that the nobleman is to be married to innocent Lady Alice Brookfield (Kathleen Myers), a gun-shot wedding, so to speak, as the lady considers Churlton loathsome. With the assistance of Lady Alice's maid Sally (Lucille Hutton), our gallant hero concocts a plan to smuggle the fair maiden to York dressed as a boy. The scheme backfires, though, and Dick Turpin is chased all over creation by the authorities. He arrives in York just in time to save the fair maiden from a fate worse than death and together they find a safe haven in France.
A very young Carole Lombard saw most of her footage left on the cutting-room floor but the future star can still be spotted in a crowd scene. And according to at least one report, fellow Fox cowboy Buck Jones joined the ranks of extras in a successful effort to surprise Mix.
Tom Mix - Dick Turpin
Kathleen Myers - Alic Brookfield
Philo McCullough - Lord Churlton
James Marcus - Squire Crabstone
Lucille Hutton - The Maid
Alan Hale - Tom King
Bull Montana - Bully Boy
Fay Holderness - Barmaid
Jack Herrick - Bristol Bully
Fred Kohler - Taylor
Gary Cooper - Extra
Tom Mix, the hero of many a shadow-play gun encounter, that d'Artagnan of cowboys, is to be seen this week in a silken shirt, satin breeches, high boots, a tricolored hat, decorated with a graceful feather, and lace flowing from his sleeves and throat. He appears in the title rôle of a glorified version of "Dick Turpin," and it needs little imagination to presume that Mr. Turpin would look upon Mr. Mix's costume as a decided compliment to his memory.
This is a clever, wholesome production with plenty of humor, and Mr. Mix's performance is remarkably capable. He appears at case in the old-fashioned attire, and even his faithful horse. Tony, does not object to his master's clothes. Tony happens to be known in this picture as "Good Old Bess," and we must say that much is asked of this animal. One has only to behold this film before an audience to realize that the liberties taken with the subject do not detract from its entertainment value. Mr. Mix is just as agile as in his cowboy's attire, and he gives one several thrills by taking his horse over good, stiff jumps. He steals the heroine from a coach as if it were an easy matter for two to ride on one horse.
At the outset there is a good deal of pleasing atmosphere concerned with dauntless Dick's adventures on the York Road. It is a nice touch indeed when the masked, immaculate robber holds up a Bishop. The startled cleric peers from the window of his coach to see the terror of that neighborhood, who, on finding that he has by mistake threatened a man of the Church, tosses him a purse of gold, telling the worthy Bishop to give it to the poor. Squire Crabtree is treated differently, but the gallant robber immediately becomes infatuated with the old man's charge, Alice Brookfield.
One of the stirring chapters is where the daring highwayman goes into a town and leaves his horse in a stable. It is recognized, but the man suspected of being Dick Turpin is Bully Boy, who is to fight a ring battle with the notorious Bristol Bully. Turpin, knowing that his pal. Tom King, is interested in Bully Boy, decides to go into the ring and fight the man from Bristol. There is one round after another with bare fists, sometimes Turpin getting the worst of it and sometimes the Bristol Bully. Once Mr. Turpin is slammed clean out of the ring, but he springs back to the boards and finally finishes the Bristol fighter.
Turpin talks to his horse and the animal understands the instructions. When Turpin, the flirt, the man who would sooner have a kiss from a pretty maiden than diamonds or gold, ensconces himself comfortably in Alice Brookfield's coach he tells his horse to follow behind, but keep out of sight. One immediately feels a lot of sympathy for Bess, as the horse (one knows that his name is Tony) trots off to the fields and takes the jumps, hurrying after his master.
The story slackens its pace in the middle, but it soon speeds up, and one is amused and stirred by the adventures of the highwayman, who is said to have robbed to give to the poor. When Turpin is flying from the police with a mob at his heels he is quick to know the poor's weakness, and therefore to cause the throng to get in the way of the police Turpin tosses coins to them. This sequence elicited roars of laughter yesterday in the Piccadilly.
Kathleen Myers does very well as Alice Brookfield, and Alan Hale is effective as Tom King. Philo McCullough handles the part of Lord Churlton capably. James Marcus impersonates Squire Crabtree and makes the most of the ròle.
Bull Montana has only a small part, but while on the screen his antics are most amusing, especially when, to show his marvelous strength, he breaks a wooden post with a single blow from his fist.
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This is an ENGLISH language motion picture with NO SUBTITLES.
All digital masters are actual archival 16mm or 35mm film elements.
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