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Some modern sources have cited the Zane Grey story "Open Range" (aka "Valley of Wild Horses"), which was serialized in Country Gentleman magazine beginning in Mar 1927, as the source of the 1926 film. However, the storylines are very different. The 1937 Paramount film Born to the West , directed by Charles Barton and starring John Wayne and Marsha Hunt (see entry), which also credited a Zane Grey story as its source, is closer in plot to the story "Open ... More Less

Some modern sources have cited the Zane Grey story "Open Range" (aka "Valley of Wild Horses"), which was serialized in Country Gentleman magazine beginning in Mar 1927, as the source of the 1926 film. However, the storylines are very different. The 1937 Paramount film Born to the West , directed by Charles Barton and starring John Wayne and Marsha Hunt (see entry), which also credited a Zane Grey story as its source, is closer in plot to the story "Open Range." More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
15 Aug 1926.
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New York Times
30 Jun 1926
p. 18.
Variety
30 Jun 1926
p. 12.
DETAILS
Release Date:
14 June 1926
Copyright Claimant:
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
16 June 1926
Copyright Number:
LP22818
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
6,042
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In a country schoolyard in Colorado, Dare Rudd and Bate Fillmore quarrel over Nell Worstall, and their dispute culminates in a vicious fight. Years later, Dare, now a rugged cowpuncher, decides to return home and marry Nell but finds that the Worstall and Fillmore families have followed a mining boom to Eureka, Nevada. There he renews his old fight with Fillmore over a dancing girl known as Belle, but Jim Fallon turns up and ends the quarrel. Dare learns that Nell is living with his mother and that her father is in jail on a trumped-up charge made by the Fillmores; Dare gets him released, and Nell is abducted by Fillmore when she refuses to marry him. The miners, cheated by Fillmore, clash with his gang, and Nell escapes the clutches of Fillmore when his sweetheart, Belle, attacks him; a spectacular stagecoach crash ends the fight, and Dare is united with ... +


In a country schoolyard in Colorado, Dare Rudd and Bate Fillmore quarrel over Nell Worstall, and their dispute culminates in a vicious fight. Years later, Dare, now a rugged cowpuncher, decides to return home and marry Nell but finds that the Worstall and Fillmore families have followed a mining boom to Eureka, Nevada. There he renews his old fight with Fillmore over a dancing girl known as Belle, but Jim Fallon turns up and ends the quarrel. Dare learns that Nell is living with his mother and that her father is in jail on a trumped-up charge made by the Fillmores; Dare gets him released, and Nell is abducted by Fillmore when she refuses to marry him. The miners, cheated by Fillmore, clash with his gang, and Nell escapes the clutches of Fillmore when his sweetheart, Belle, attacks him; a spectacular stagecoach crash ends the fight, and Dare is united with Nell. +

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