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The Trail Rider

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The Trail Rider

The Trail Rider
Poster with an illustration of Buck Jones
Theatrical release poster
Directed by W. S. Van Dyke
Produced by William Fox
Screenplay by Thomas Dixon Jr.
Based on The Trail Rider 
by George Washington Ogden
Starring Buck Jones
Cinematography Reginald Lyons
Distributed by Fox Film Corp.
Release dates
  • February 22, 1925 (1925-02-22) (USA)
Running time
  • 50 minutes
  • 4,752 feet, 5 reels[1]
Country United States
Language Silent film, English intertitles

The Trail Rider is a 1925 American silent directed by Fox Film Corp. and was released on February 22, 1925 in the United States. The film features one of the earliest appearances by Gary Cooper as a stunt rider. The survival status of the film is unknown.


  • Plot 1
  • Cast 2
  • Production 3
  • Release 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Tex Hartwell (Buck Jones) rescues an old cobbler from the physical assault of corrupt banker Jim Mackey (Carl Stockdale). When Mackey orders his hired guns to kill Tex, the stranger outdraws them. Rancher Dee Winch (Jack McDonald) is impressed with Tex's fast draw and hires him as a trail rider, tasked with keeping diseased cattle off of his land.[2]

Sometime later, Mackey's men stampede a herd of infected cattle onto Winch's land. When Winch learns of the infected cattle, he fires Tex, who leaves in disgrace. Meanwhile, Tex learns from Fanny Goodnight (Lucy Fox) that Mackey was behind the stampede of infected cattle. Tex confronts the corrupt banker and forces him to sign a confession admitting to his guilt. Later, the old cobbler kills Mackey, Tex's reputation is restored with the cattlemen, and he and Fanny ride trail together on their own.[2]



The Trail Rider is based on the 1924 novel, The Trail Rider: A Romance of the Kansas Range by George Washington Ogden (New York).[3]


The film was released in Austria as Steppenehre.[1] The survival status of the film is unknown.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "The Trailer Rider". Silent Era. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "The Trail Rider". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  3. ^ "The Trail Rider". American Film Institute. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 

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