Harry Carey was a bit long in the tooth when he signed with producer Hunt Stromberg in 1925. Stromberg released the Carey westerns through Producers Distributing Corporation, a newly founded company (one of the investors was Cecil B. DeMille) which had taken over the old Thomas Ince studios in Culver City. Consequently, the Carey films were given a wider distribution than most run-of-the-mill oaters. In Texas Trail, Carey portrayed Rangy Pete Grainger, a cowboy who saves a rancher and his daughter from being kicked off their property by the ubiquitous evil landlord. Veteran black heart Claude Payton played the latter in the customary ornate style of Victorian melodrama.
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