Pals of the Prairie (1929)

57 mins | Western | 7 July 1929

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HISTORY

An F.B.O. advertisement in the 19 May 1928 Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World announced a series of seven Buzz Barton films for the 1928-29 season: The Young Whirlwind, Rough Ridin' Red, Orphan of the Sage, The Vagabond Cub, The Freckled Rascal, and The Little Savage (see entries). This film was the seventh and last in the series, and the first of the series made under the new RKO Pictures regime following the October 1928 merger of Film Box Offices with Radio Corporation of America, which accounts for Pal of the Prairie being the only film of the bunch with synchronized sound. Frank Rice appeared as "Hank Robbins" along with Barton's "Red Hepner" in all seven films. The fourteen-year-old Barton was an expert trick rider and rodeo performer. Filming was done at the Film Box Offices/RKO Studio at 780 North Gower Street in Hollywood, CA.
       The 8 December 1928 Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World announced that the production starting date for Pals of the Prairie was 26 November 1928.
       The 28 July 1929 Film Daily called Pals of the Prairie "bang-up entertainment of the popular variety with a grown-up story and some nifty fights....The story has real originality and lots of color with its setting in a little Mexican town." However, Variety was less generous: "The decrepit sets on the lot long before the Radio [RKO] folk knew about Hollywood are pulled within camera range for Buzz to do his stuff. At one point it gets so desperate the otherwise capable kid ...

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An F.B.O. advertisement in the 19 May 1928 Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World announced a series of seven Buzz Barton films for the 1928-29 season: The Young Whirlwind, Rough Ridin' Red, Orphan of the Sage, The Vagabond Cub, The Freckled Rascal, and The Little Savage (see entries). This film was the seventh and last in the series, and the first of the series made under the new RKO Pictures regime following the October 1928 merger of Film Box Offices with Radio Corporation of America, which accounts for Pal of the Prairie being the only film of the bunch with synchronized sound. Frank Rice appeared as "Hank Robbins" along with Barton's "Red Hepner" in all seven films. The fourteen-year-old Barton was an expert trick rider and rodeo performer. Filming was done at the Film Box Offices/RKO Studio at 780 North Gower Street in Hollywood, CA.
       The 8 December 1928 Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World announced that the production starting date for Pals of the Prairie was 26 November 1928.
       The 28 July 1929 Film Daily called Pals of the Prairie "bang-up entertainment of the popular variety with a grown-up story and some nifty fights....The story has real originality and lots of color with its setting in a little Mexican town." However, Variety was less generous: "The decrepit sets on the lot long before the Radio [RKO] folk knew about Hollywood are pulled within camera range for Buzz to do his stuff. At one point it gets so desperate the otherwise capable kid borrows a girl's locks and is made to play floosey with guys whose hard looks are just thrown away in this one."
       According to the Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Database, this film is extant.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World
19 May 1928
p. 90, 92, 97
Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World
8 Dec 1928
p. 50
Film Daily
28 Jul 1929
p. 9
Variety
31 Jul 1929
p. 23
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
WRITERS
Story
Titles
PHOTOGRAPHY
Virgil Miller
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
DETAILS
Release Date:
7 July 1929
Production Date:
began 26 Nov 1928
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
F.B.O. Productions, Inc.
7 July 1929
LP574
Physical Properties:
Silent with sound sequences
Mus score and sd eff by RCA Photophone
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Also si.
Duration(in mins):
57
Length(in feet):
4,776
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Red Hepner and his comrade, Hank Robbins, ride into the little Mexican village of Cajón to find the townsfolk under a reign of terror imposed by the mysterious badman, El Lobo, and the mayor critical of a budding romance between his son Francisco and fiery Dolores. The mayor favors a match between Dolores and Peter Sangor, a resident American in Cajón, who provokes Red's immediate disdain and soon has him locked up after Red bombards him with tomatoes. Sangor kidnaps Francisco despite Red and Hank's efforts; the two pals try to free him but are captured by the bandits and soon escape with the news that Sangor is El Lobo. Red goes to town for help while Hank remains to cut Francisco loose from his bonds just as he is about to be forced to watch Sangor ravage his heart's desire. Their showdown is suddenly joined by the rest of El Lobo's band, followed closely by Don José and the rurales, summoned by Red. The bandits are done in, and the mayor has the two heroes name their reward; they ask him to permit the marriage of Francisco and ...

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Red Hepner and his comrade, Hank Robbins, ride into the little Mexican village of Cajón to find the townsfolk under a reign of terror imposed by the mysterious badman, El Lobo, and the mayor critical of a budding romance between his son Francisco and fiery Dolores. The mayor favors a match between Dolores and Peter Sangor, a resident American in Cajón, who provokes Red's immediate disdain and soon has him locked up after Red bombards him with tomatoes. Sangor kidnaps Francisco despite Red and Hank's efforts; the two pals try to free him but are captured by the bandits and soon escape with the news that Sangor is El Lobo. Red goes to town for help while Hank remains to cut Francisco loose from his bonds just as he is about to be forced to watch Sangor ravage his heart's desire. Their showdown is suddenly joined by the rest of El Lobo's band, followed closely by Don José and the rurales, summoned by Red. The bandits are done in, and the mayor has the two heroes name their reward; they ask him to permit the marriage of Francisco and Dolores.

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Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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