Fun Size Review: The Prairie Pirate (1925)

In the mood for a so-bad-it’s-good silent film? Have I got a picture for you! This movie involves a cowpoke trying to find the man responsible for his sister’s death. To do this, he becomes a masked bandit and steals… ashtrays. Yes, you read that right. Ashtrays. No, this is not a comedy.

Truly one of the more bizarre films in Harry Carey’s career, this picture tries to combine a mystery with a western but, obviously, it fails miserably. Worth seeing for a laugh.

How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.

The ashtray plan fails but Carey does manage to find the miscreant anyway. Mainly because the villains somehow manage to be sillier than he is.

Read my full-length review here.

If this were a dessert it would be: Cranberry Candles. Combining cranberries, mayonnaise and gelatin probably seemed like a great idea to someone.

Availability: The Prairie Pirate is available on DVD from Grapevine. I would avoid the Alpha edition as dialogue cards are cut from the climax, rendering it very confusing indeed.


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  1. Scott Lueck

    I just saw this movie over the weekend, and you’re right, it is just plain dumb. Your full length review captured it’s loopy charm perfectly. The thing that bugged me most about it was in the beginning, where the sister is being attacked: she has a loaded six shooter in her hand, she’s already used it to shoot two of her attackers, and she’s praying for help? She has all the help she needs right there! Then again, if common sense would have prevailed we’d only have a ten minute movie (which in this case may not have been a bad idea).

    1. Fritzi Kramer

      Yeah, the death makes exactly zero sense. Why didn’t she climb out the window? Why is the cellar so dinky? Why did she decide to play button-button with her brother? “I know who the man is but I won’t tell because that would be cheating.”

  2. Clate

    I viewed this movie about four years ago, but had no recollection of the ashtrays until I saw this. How sad! I must have dozed through the film (or perhaps that was the best thing that could have occurred!).

    Then, I read your previous review. You were most definitely on quite the roll with that one and I had quite a few laughs as I read it several days ago at 3 AM. Thankfully, I live in a rural area, otherwise the experience might have constituted a noise violation. 🙂

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