New York playboy Bob Custer gets into trouble with the cops when he drunkenly steals a cabdriver's coat. The judge decides to send Custer out West so he can straighten himself out and learn to be a "real man." Our hero adapts to the wide open spaces as if he'd been born there, matriculating into the finest rider, roper, and shooter in the territory. His redemption is complete when he rescues a rancher's daughter (Mary Mayberry) from kidnappers. Produced and directed by the veteran J.P. McGowan, this extremely low-budget silent Western was released by Syndicate Film Exchange, a forerunner to the more durable Monogram Pictures. Only one 35 mm nitrate print of Manhattan Cowboy is known to exist; happily, this print has been transferred to video for the benefit of Western fans.
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