Based on Peter B. Kyne's The Sheriff of Cinnabar, this fine silent Western starred Hoot Gibson as Pinto Peters, who with his friend Chuckwalla Bill (Joel Day take over the newspaper in the town of Cinnabar. Their crusade against the rougher elements in town is so successful that Pinto is elected sheriff, much to the dismay of gambling house proprietor Blackie Holloway (Joe Harris). Pinto's girlfriend Jane Reedly (Molly Malone), meanwhile, stands by her crooked uncle (Joseph W. Girard) when Pinto accuses him of bothering the judge's daughter Eliza (Mary Philbin). When the uncle is mysteriously murdered the blame falls on Eliza's boyfriend Nathan (Arthur Hoyt), but Pinto suspects Blackie and catches him trying to flee with Jane and her inheritance. Red Courage was directed by B. Reeves Eason, nicknamed "Breezy," who had replaced John Ford as Universal's ace Western specialist.
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