King of the Rodeo

A film by Henry MacRae
Starring Hoot Gibson, Kathryn Crawford, Slim Summerville

Featuring a wide array of mid-20s location Chicago photography and rodeo riding stunts, this comic Western is a curious, entertaining ride through a bygone Chicago era.

The Montana Kid (Hoot Gibson, an accomplished stunt equestrian and rodeo rider in real life) takes his best relay horse and goes to Chicago for the big rodeo at Soldier Field, quickly falling in love with the daughter of a rodeo official. Weasel, a renegade cowboy, robs the cashier at the rodeo, and, The Kid believes, stole his shirt(!). The Kid chases the crook through Chicago traffic in a taxicab and by motorcycle before he snares his prey.

Print courtesy of the Library of Congress.


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Running Time
62 mins

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