$50,000 Reward (1924) DVD
$50,000 Reward (1924)
Director: Clifford S. Elfelt
Writer: Frank Howard Clark (story)
Stars: Ken Maynard, Esther Ralston, Bert Lindley
Ken Maynard's star was still on the ascendant when he made this action-packed Western. It's the usual tale about "the papers" -- the hero's attempt to hold onto them and the villain's desire to get them. The girl in the story is Esther Ralston, who played Mrs. Darling in Peter Pan the same year she made this film. Maynard is Tex Sherwood who hails from -- where else? -- Texas. He has to travel up to Montana to secure the title to a valuable piece of land. An unscrupulous banker who is tied to big corporate interests is just as intent to see that Sherwood misses his deadline. He offers a 50,000-dollar reward to anyone who gets him the papers, so Sherwood finds his hands full trying to alternately elude and fight his foes. Thrown into the mix is Carolyn Jordan (Ralston), who is performing foreman duties on a ranch in place of her sick father (Bert Lindley). Maynard makes it to his destination in time and wins the girl.