Best Western Movies of 1920
The Mark of Zorro
Don Diego Vega pretends to be an indolent fop as a cover for his true identity, the masked avenger Zorro.
An Eastern Westerner
A young man in New York has exasperated his father because of his constant carousing and irresponsibility, so his father sends him to his uncle's ranch in the west. The young man arrives in the town of Piute Pass, which is being terrorized by Tiger Lip Tompkins and his gang, the Masked Angels. The Easterner befriends a young woman whose father is being held captive by Tompkins, and he decides to help her.
Bim (Buck Jones) seems to be his town's biggest loser, but when he takes a needy 13-year-old boy named Bill (George Stone) under his wing, it seems there may be some hope for Bim. After learning about Bill, a young teacher, Mary (Helen Ferguson), whom Bim secretly adores, helps get the young boy into school. And when Bim then helps Mary repay a loan, defaulted on by shifty boyfriend (William Buckley), it becomes evident that Bim can reform. As the plot in this captivating film twist and turns, the stakes get higher, the action gets more intense and hope for Bim bounds upward.
The adventures of a lovesick sheriff.
The Toll Gate
Outlaw Black Deering leads a band of desperadoes, but decides to give up the bandit life. Agreeing to go on one last job with his gang, he is captured when his henchman Jordan betrays the gang for the reward. Deering escapes and determines to avenge himself on Jordan.
The Daughter of Dawn
The Daughter of Dawn is a silent Western, and one of the few films of the silent era to have an entirely Native American cast. It tells the story of a Kiowa woman and her lover, his feats of bravery, and their trials at the hands of a jealous rival and Comanche warriors. Completed in 1920, it was only shown a few times before being considered lost. Five reels of the movie were found in 2005, and restored by the Oklahoma Historical Society in 2012.
A Moonshine Feud
A young woman and her brothers go up against a gang of moonshiners.
The "Black Hound" band of desperadoes abduct a candidate for governor and demand a heavy ransom for him, but the hero and the girl lead a successful rescue party.
Railroad station agent Dan Kurrie is fired from his job by his rival in love, Joseph Garber. Believed false by the girl he loves, Margaret , Kurrie must prove himself by unmasking a gang of bandits preying on the trains.
William Farnum is Drag Harlan, a tough cowboy vigilante. After learning about a gold mine from a dying man, he seeks his daughter (Jackie Saunders) as well as the gold. He falls in love with her, but the same gang that shot the old man is after the gold.
The Testing Block
The tough outlaw 'Sierra' Bill falls in love with the traveling girl violinist Nelly Gray. Sierra forces her into marrying him. They have a child, but family life is interrupted by the gambler Ringe, who not only persuades Nelly to leave her husband but ruins Sierra at the gaming table. With thoughts of vengeance, the angry Sierra breaks out of jail and goes after Ringe.
Pierre Winton promises to avenge his father's killing at the hands of McGuirk, the bandit. While hunting for McGuirk, Pierre comes upon Mary Brown who has been badly injured in a rock slide. They fall in love, but while attempting to rescue Mary, Pierre is trapped and rendered unconscious in another rock slide. Saved by Jim Boone's band of outlaws, Pierre joins the gang, and Boone's daughter Jackie falls in love with him, but, Pierre still loves Mary, from whom he has been separated.
A Tray Full of Trouble
Snooky the chimp as a wild west hero.
Jefferson Todd and Louis Castiga, brothers-in-law, come to blows on a Mississippi River steamer when Todd discovers Castiga's presence there with a woman.
The hero is affected in his daily life by petty superstitious fears, which gives the heroine an idea he is cowardly. She returns his ring, but later events prove his real mettle and she is glad when a reconciliation comes.
The Unknown Ranger
A man named Chandler, claiming to be a novelist in search of local color, arrives at a town near the Mexican border, where he makes advances toward Jo, a girl living a solitary life on a desert ranch. Manning, a cowboy, suspects Chandler's motives, and his suspicions are strengthened when Chandler is caught cheating at cards. Following a gang of Mexicans to their mountain retreat, Manning learns that Chandler and the Mexicans are smuggling opium across the border. Two gang members are killed in the ensuing fight, but Chandler, wounded by Manning after a chase on the cliffs, escapes to Jo's home, where he denounces Manning as a smuggler. Manning arrives and dispels Jo's misgivings about him by revealing that he is a Texas Ranger, sworn to secrecy.
'If Only' Jim
Gold miner Jim Golden is in love with Miss Dot, the local postmistress, but he has a reputation for being somewhat lazy and shiftless. One day he finds a baby that had been abandoned by local Indians, adopts it, and begins to work his claim again. Parky, a local thief and swindler, finds out that Jim has finally struck gold, and schemes to trick Jim out of his claim and kidnap Miss Dot while he's at it.
Blue Streak McCoy
Ranger Job "Blue Streak" McCoy helps a miner and his pretty young daughter who are trying to protect their valuable mine from a gang leader who wants to take it.
The Fightin' Terror
The Fightin' Terror is a 1920 silent Western.
West Is Best
Josephine is called to her Western home from an Eastern college and brings a party of girls with her, accompanied by one man.
Hair Trigger Stuff
Hair Trigger Stuff is a 1920 silent Western.
The girl is a school teacher in a cattle town, the hero a rather wild cowboy of good intentions but addicted to gambling. The girl saves him from a false accusation of robbery and this awakens his better instincts.
A young slum-reared fellow makes good with a man who befriends him and then sacrifices his good name to save the latter's son.
A Gamblin' Fool
A man unconsciously borrows a bandit's yellow slicker and is temporarily under suspicion as a result.
Held Up for the Makin's
Showing the difficulties that could occur if smoking is prohibited.
A Woman's Vengeance
A young girl has to prove her skillness with the gun against a gang outlaws, revealing herself as the real heroine of a Western town.
The Texas Kid
The Texas Kid is a 1920 silent Western.
When Pinto reaches her eighteenth birthday, the five wealthy Arizonans who adopted her upon the death of her parents decide that ranch life will never make a lady of her. Their old friend Pop Audry, formerly of Arizona and now a member of New York society, agrees to provide Pinto with the necessary education. Accordingly, Pinto and her cowboy nursemaid Looey are dispatched to New York where they lose Audry's address. ...
The Sheriff's Oath
The Sheriff's Oath is a 1920 silent western.
A young woman visiting in Mexico is kidnapped by a gang of bandits, who drag her through the rugged wilderness to their hideout. She manages to leave word for her friend Bill, who knows the country well. But when Bill cannot find a horse, his only available form of transportation is his roadster. Nevertheless, he is determined to come to her rescue, even though it means trying to drive the car across miles of rocky, broken terrain.
Dangerous Trails is a silent Western
A stranger rides into a little town on his white horse, where he finds plenty of excitement and a love affair awaiting him.
Wolf Tracks is a 1920 silent Western
The Brand Blotter
The Brand Blotter is a 1920 silent Western.
A ranchman sets fire to his trousers with a cigarette. In the morning the hotel attendant furnishes him with a pair borrowed from a cattle rustler. A note in one of the pockets gets the hero into trouble, but he clears himself and wins the girl of his choice.
Fight It Out
Cowpoke Sandy Adams overhears a plot to frame rancher Duncan McKenna for a rash of cattle rustlings and methodically turns the members of the gang against each other.
The Man With The Punch
The inaptly named Peace City is held in a grip of fear by the corrupt Sheriff Sellers. The benevolent, black-hatted 'Stranger,' who unexpectedly arrives in town, is in actuality an undercover Texas Ranger determined to restore law and order.
The Grinning Granger
The Grinning Granger is a 1920 Western short
The Broncho Kid
A young rancher rides away on a half-broken broncho. He is suspected of horse stealing and pursued, but retrieves his good name by saving a kidnapped girl and recovering stolen express funds.
One Law for All
The making of an American out of a resident of some other country.
The Shootin' Kid
The Shootin' Kid is a 1920 silent Western short
The Smilin' Kid
The Smilin' Kid is a 1920 silent Western short.
The Champion Liar
A breezy young Westerner loves to talk and tells some "whoppers" for humorous purposes. This get him into trouble with his girl, but he wins her back after she has tried vainly to fall in love with an honest but less entertaining fellow.
The Big Catch
The Big Catch is a 1920 silent Western
Overland Red, a tramp prospector, and Collie, the boy he has befriended, stumble across an aged miner in the last stages of starvation, whose pockets reveal the map of a secret mine and a bag of gold dust.
The White Squaw
A stranger (Leo Willis) turns out to be a revenue agent and Texas' brother, Tom, turns him out. But when a gang of moonshiners captures the stranger, Texas takes matters into her own hands. There is a climactic shootout between the moonshiners and the "revenoo" agents, during which Texas is wounded. When the smoke settles, the agent proposes to his guardian angel and she accepts.
The Two-Fisted Lover
The hero befriends a young school teacher, who adopts a child at his suggestion. The real father of the child, who neglected its mother and allowed her to die, tries to make the teacher believe the hero is its father, which brings about an interesting complication.
The Shootin' Fool
The Shootin' Fool sometimes known as Some Shooter is a 1920 silent Western short.
Cupid the Cowpuncher
Alec Lloyd, the foreman of the Sewell ranch, is nicknamed "Cupid" because of his propensity for matchmaking. When Macie Sewell returns from boarding school, Cupid himself falls victim to love, but Macie has aspirations to go to New York and become an opera singer, and so ignores his advances. However, Leroy Simpson, a poor doctor who is enamored of Macie's father's money, encourages her ambitions....
A cowboy's flirtations with a lady on a passing train get him into trouble with his sweetheart.