In keeping with his usual modus operandi, Rupert Julian doubled as star and director of the Universal western Hungry Eyes. The plot centers around the efforts of horse thief Dale Revenal (Monroe Salisbury) to reform his ways after a lengthy jail term. Rancher's daughter Mary Jane Appleton (Ruth Clifford) tries to give Revenal a break by getting him a job on her father's spread. Revenel is appreciative, but he resists Mary Jane's efforts to "warm up" to him, falsely informing her that he has a wife and family in Arizona. Meanwhile, neighboring rancher Jack Nelda (H.A. Barrows), a scurrilous scoundrel, sets his sights on the fair Mary Jane. The heroine's father gives Nelda permission to wed Mary Jane, and it is at this point that John Silver (Rupert Julian), an old friend of the Appletons, enters the picture. Sizing up the situation, Silver tries to orchestrate a reconciliation between Mary Jane and Revenel, a task made easier when Nelda's cast-off mistress Bessie (Gretchen Lederer) wreaks vengeance upon the villain.
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