Universal star Hoot Gibson loved playing the shy, country bumpkin who gets the girl despite seemingly insurmountable odds. He portrayed that character once again in this average silent Western based on a story by Earl Wayland Bowman. The studio's blonde charmer Laura La Plante played the eastern girl who at first rejects poor Gibson's romantic overtures. She reconsiders, however, when "The Hooter" wins the Big Race despite having been drugged by his enemy, Sabota the Greek (G. Raymond Nye). The sloppiest cowboy star in history, Gibson carried his guns in his waistband instead of a gun belt but usually used his sly humor and fast fists to defeat the villains. Gibson liked Bowman's story so much that he remade it in 1929 as The Long, Long Trail.
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