1924, First National, 74 minutes, 6910 feet, black and white,
Reviews: The critics had little good to
say about this movie.
The New York Times critic concluded,
"This is a mediocre type of entertainment, with some good shots of
the West, rough-riding and a marvelous bridge. Therefore it has
interesting moments, but is not unlike dozens of other
His synopsis of the story: "In this
narrative a young man with too much wealth is rejected by a girl because
he, as she states, is nothing more than a tailor's dummy. By
accident he halts in the West and there is interested in a rodeo,
eventually becoming known as 'Patches.' He has a long, long walk
to a ranch, but his face looks just about as clean at the end of the
trudge as when he alighted from the train. Then this young man,
impersonated by John Bowers, who has been accustomed to sunken baths and
all the imaginable luxuries that go with them, becomes a cowboy.
Prior to his learning to ride bucking broncos he shows that he can use
his fists. Eventually the girl from New York comes to
Arizona. But during the absence of Lawrence Knight, as 'Patches'
is known at home, she has forgotten all about him and has been married
to Stanley Manning (Edward Hearne), a young and successful bridge
builder. The other girl in the West helps for the usual happy
The Variety critic arrived at a similar
conclusion: "Eddie Cline, who handled the direction, turned out a
workmanlike picture without any particular thrills, but telling the
story in a straightforward manner and not dragging the action at any
time. The picture should get money in the average run of
Another review of this movie appeared in Film
Daily, February 10, 1924, but I have not yet obtained a copy. Related website: http://www.dspears.com/fio/f02.htm
Release: First National Release
Production: Sol Lesser
Director: Edward F. Cline
Writing/Screenplay: From Harold Bell
Wright's novel by same name.
De La Motte
Availability: This is considered to be one of thousands of
movies forever lost. No copy is known to exist.