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The working title of this film was Let's Go. The picture marked Western star Hoot Gibson’s first feature attraction, according to the 24 Sep 1921 Exhibitors Trade Review and 23 Jul 1921 Motion Picture News. Gibson had previously appeared in numerous short films, and was said to be replacing Harry Carey in a series of Universal Film Mfg. Co. pictures, while Carey moved on to a program for Universal-Jewel.
       An item in the 4 Jun 1921 Moving Picture World reported that Universal had purchased film rights to J. Allan Dunn’s 1921 short story, “The Mascotte of the Three Star,” to serve as the basis for Action. Longtime Harry Carey collaborator Jack Ford, later known as John Ford, was hired to direct, as announced in the 10 Jun 1921 Var. An item in the 11 May 1921 Wid’s Daily noted that Ford would mentor Gibson in his new ventures at Universal.
       An editorial column by Arthur James in the 17 Sep 1921 Moving Picture World praised Action as a modestly budgeted feature that was “in all respects a swift moving, inviting, absorbing and compelling attraction.” Although James did not specify the budget, he emphasized that features did not have to cost $1 million to be impressive. ... More Less

The working title of this film was Let's Go. The picture marked Western star Hoot Gibson’s first feature attraction, according to the 24 Sep 1921 Exhibitors Trade Review and 23 Jul 1921 Motion Picture News. Gibson had previously appeared in numerous short films, and was said to be replacing Harry Carey in a series of Universal Film Mfg. Co. pictures, while Carey moved on to a program for Universal-Jewel.
       An item in the 4 Jun 1921 Moving Picture World reported that Universal had purchased film rights to J. Allan Dunn’s 1921 short story, “The Mascotte of the Three Star,” to serve as the basis for Action. Longtime Harry Carey collaborator Jack Ford, later known as John Ford, was hired to direct, as announced in the 10 Jun 1921 Var. An item in the 11 May 1921 Wid’s Daily noted that Ford would mentor Gibson in his new ventures at Universal.
       An editorial column by Arthur James in the 17 Sep 1921 Moving Picture World praised Action as a modestly budgeted feature that was “in all respects a swift moving, inviting, absorbing and compelling attraction.” Although James did not specify the budget, he emphasized that features did not have to cost $1 million to be impressive. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Trade Review
24 Sep 1921.
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Motion Picture News
23 Jul 1921.
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Moving Picture World
4 Jun 1921.
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Moving Picture World
23 Jul 1921.
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Moving Picture World
20 Aug 1921.
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Moving Picture World
17 Sep 1921.
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Variety
10 Jun 1921.
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Wid's Daily
11 May 1921.
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Let's Go
Release Date:
12 September 1921
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Film Mfg. Co.
Copyright Date:
25 August 1921
Copyright Number:
LP16889
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
4,509
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Molly, an orphan, is heir to a ranch and mine and falls under the influence of saloon-owner Plimsoll, who schemes to deprive her of the inheritance. Sandy Brouke and his pals, Soda Water Manning and Mormon Peters, wander off the range and champion the girl's interests. Sandy falls in love with the girl. The partners succeed in getting the mine from the conspirators and working it themselves while sending Molly off to school. Plimsoll frames Sandy and his men, however, and she returns to find them in jail. Through Molly's efforts Sandy is released, and ultimately the crooks are ... +


Molly, an orphan, is heir to a ranch and mine and falls under the influence of saloon-owner Plimsoll, who schemes to deprive her of the inheritance. Sandy Brouke and his pals, Soda Water Manning and Mormon Peters, wander off the range and champion the girl's interests. Sandy falls in love with the girl. The partners succeed in getting the mine from the conspirators and working it themselves while sending Molly off to school. Plimsoll frames Sandy and his men, however, and she returns to find them in jail. Through Molly's efforts Sandy is released, and ultimately the crooks are defeated. +

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