Based on Zane Grey's 1923 novel of two brothers, one an honest cowpoke, the other a gambler, this fine silent melodrama was produced by the Lasky company in two-strip Technicolor, a first for a Western. When Adam Larey (Jack Holt) confronts his younger brother Guerd (James Mason) about his gambling addiction, the latter is accidentally shot. A distraught Adam, believing he has killed his own brother, flees into the desert. He later learns that Guerd was merely wounded and returns to the loving arms of beautiful Billie Dove. Wanderer of the Wasteland was remade by Paramount in 1935 starring Dean Jagger and Monte Blue, and by RKO in 1945 starring James Warren and Harry Woods.
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