Fun Size Review: In the Days of the Thundering Herd (1914)

Famously glitzy cowboy Tom Mix’s early work was comparatively dusty and gritty. This picture is about a wagon train to California that runs into a bit of trouble… Good thing pioneering Native American movie star Lillian St. Cyr, a.k.a. Red Wing, is on hand to save the day.

The picture doesn’t play so well given its simplistic plot and the fact that Red Wing is basically the hero of the thing but receives no credit in the story. Tom Mix fans will likely enjoy seeing his more realistic roots but people who don’t care for the western genre will not be converted.

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

Red Wing sacrifices herself for Tom and, predictably, he ends up with the white chick.

Read my full-length review here.

If it were a dessert it would be: Low Fat, No Sugar Cowboy Cookies. There’s a market for them but I am not it.

Availability: The version I saw was an abbreviated cut released on DVD by Alpha with a canned music score.

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