The Lightning Rider (1924)

Western | 18 May 1924

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HISTORY

According to a full-page advertisement in the 23 Feb 1924 Exhibitors Herald, The Night Hawk was the first in a series of six Hunt Stromberg-produced Westerns starring Harry Carey. Desert Rose, the original title of The Lightnin Rider, was scheduled to be the third film, but was ultimately the second to be released. The remaining four were Tiger Thompson (1924), Roaring Rails (1924), The Man From Texas (changed to The Flaming Forties), and Soft Shoes (1925, see entries).
       For more information about producer Hunt Stromberg’s series of twelve 1924-1925 Harry Carey films, see The Night Hawk. ... More Less

According to a full-page advertisement in the 23 Feb 1924 Exhibitors Herald, The Night Hawk was the first in a series of six Hunt Stromberg-produced Westerns starring Harry Carey. Desert Rose, the original title of The Lightnin Rider, was scheduled to be the third film, but was ultimately the second to be released. The remaining four were Tiger Thompson (1924), Roaring Rails (1924), The Man From Texas (changed to The Flaming Forties), and Soft Shoes (1925, see entries).
       For more information about producer Hunt Stromberg’s series of twelve 1924-1925 Harry Carey films, see The Night Hawk.
More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
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DATE
PAGE
Camera
16 Feb 1924
p. 4.
Exhibitors Herald
23 Feb 1924
p. 3.
Exhibitors Herald
12 Apr 1924
p. 57.
Exhibitors Trade Review
8 Mar 1924
p. 14.
Exhibitors Trade Review
28 Jun 1924
p. 32.
Motion Picture News
22 Mar 1924
p. 1301.
Moving Picture World
29 Mar 1924
p. 359.
Moving Picture World
21 Jun 1924
p. 740.
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Desert Rose
Release Date:
18 May 1924
Production Date:
early February--late March 1924
Copyright Claimant:
Stellar Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
18 May 1924
Copyright Number:
LP20431
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
5,771
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

When the California border town of Caliboro appears to be menaced by a bandit known as "The Black Mask," the local padre entrusts the sheriff with the church funds. The culprit, Ramon Gonzales, kills the sheriff during an attempted robbery, but shifts the blame on Deputy Sheriff Philip Morgan, who manages to stop the robbery. Morgan disguises himself as The Black Mask to track down the real villain, but is captured and threatened with lynching by the townspeople. Claire Grayson, Gonzales's spurned girl friend, saves him by exposing the real killer, and Morgan wins the hand of Patricia Alvarez, the sheriff's ... +


When the California border town of Caliboro appears to be menaced by a bandit known as "The Black Mask," the local padre entrusts the sheriff with the church funds. The culprit, Ramon Gonzales, kills the sheriff during an attempted robbery, but shifts the blame on Deputy Sheriff Philip Morgan, who manages to stop the robbery. Morgan disguises himself as The Black Mask to track down the real villain, but is captured and threatened with lynching by the townspeople. Claire Grayson, Gonzales's spurned girl friend, saves him by exposing the real killer, and Morgan wins the hand of Patricia Alvarez, the sheriff's daughter. +

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