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According to articles in the 24 Jan 1920 and 14 Feb 1920 issues of Moving Picture World, Fox Film Corp. commissioned a structure for a sequence in which lead actor Tom Mix climbed three flights of stairs on Tony the Wonder Horse, after which the floor collapsed, plunging horse and rider four stories into the basement. It was considered Mix’s most daring stunt to date. His studio lot, known as “Mixville,” was located in the Edendale district of Los Angeles, CA.
       The 7 Feb 1920 Motion Picture News noted that the film was made with the cooperation of the Canadian Northwest Mounted Police, to whom it was also dedicated.
       The Cyclone opened 18 Jan 1920, and debuted later that month at the Academy of Music in New York City, as stated in the 31 Jan 1920 Motion Picture News. While the 27 Feb 1920 Var praised the film, the 18 Jan 1920 Wid’s Daily found the action sequences to be as absurd and laughable as those in Fox’s Sunshine Comedies series.
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According to articles in the 24 Jan 1920 and 14 Feb 1920 issues of Moving Picture World, Fox Film Corp. commissioned a structure for a sequence in which lead actor Tom Mix climbed three flights of stairs on Tony the Wonder Horse, after which the floor collapsed, plunging horse and rider four stories into the basement. It was considered Mix’s most daring stunt to date. His studio lot, known as “Mixville,” was located in the Edendale district of Los Angeles, CA.
       The 7 Feb 1920 Motion Picture News noted that the film was made with the cooperation of the Canadian Northwest Mounted Police, to whom it was also dedicated.
       The Cyclone opened 18 Jan 1920, and debuted later that month at the Academy of Music in New York City, as stated in the 31 Jan 1920 Motion Picture News. While the 27 Feb 1920 Var praised the film, the 18 Jan 1920 Wid’s Daily found the action sequences to be as absurd and laughable as those in Fox’s Sunshine Comedies series.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Trade Review
24 Jan 1920
p. 815
Motion Picture News
24 Jan 1920
p. 1060
Motion Picture News
31 Jan 1920
p. 1253, 1321
Motion Picture News
7 Feb 1920
p. 1484
Motion Picture News
14 Feb 1920
p. 1718
Moving Picture World
24 Jan 1920
p. 606
Moving Picture World
31 Jan 1920
p. 776
Moving Picture World
14 Feb 1920
p. 1100
Variety
27 Feb 1920
p. 46
Wid's Daily
18 Jan 1920
p. 15
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
Cliff Smith
Dir
WRITERS
J. Anthony Roach
Scen
PHOTOGRAPHY
DETAILS
Release Date:
18 January 1920
Premiere Information:
New York opening: late Jan 1920
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
William Fox
25 January 1920
LP14672
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Sergeant Tim Ryerson of the North West Mounted Police is commissioned to round up a gang that smuggles Chinese laborers across the border. While visiting his fiancée, Sylvia Sturgis, at her father's ranch, Tim becomes suspicious of ranch foreman Ferdinand Baird, who is the leader of the smugglers. One night, Tim catches Baird smuggling Chinese across the border to the U.S., but Baird escapes and flees to the Sturgis house where he abducts Sylvia. Tim pursues Baird to Vancouver's Chinatown, raids the smuggler's headquarters, and rescues ...

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Sergeant Tim Ryerson of the North West Mounted Police is commissioned to round up a gang that smuggles Chinese laborers across the border. While visiting his fiancée, Sylvia Sturgis, at her father's ranch, Tim becomes suspicious of ranch foreman Ferdinand Baird, who is the leader of the smugglers. One night, Tim catches Baird smuggling Chinese across the border to the U.S., but Baird escapes and flees to the Sturgis house where he abducts Sylvia. Tim pursues Baird to Vancouver's Chinatown, raids the smuggler's headquarters, and rescues Sylvia.

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