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Tumbleweeds marked silent-screen cowboy legend William S. Hart's return to the screen after a long absence, and it was also his swan song, as Hart's brand of individualism and moody morality gave way to the more action-oriented films of Tom Mix and the epic westerns of The Covered Wagon and The Iron Horse. Tumbleweeds takes place in 1899 when the Cherokee Strip was opened up to homesteaders. When that happens, Don Carver (Hart), the range boss for the Box K Ranch, finds himself out of work. Carver falls in love with Molly Lassiter (Barbara Bedford), the daughter of one of the families of homesteaders who have gathered in Caldwell, Kansas, preparing for the big land rush. Carver joins up with the homesteaders in the hope that he can get a piece of land and claim the site of the Box K ranchhouse, which controls the water for the strip. But he is falsely arrested and has to break free to take part in the land rush. Although King Baggot is credited as the sole director, Hart co-directed the film. … More
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as Molly Lassiter
as "Kentucky Rose"
as Noll Lassiter
as Bill Freel
as Bart Lassiter
as Mrs. Riley
as Riley Boy
as Old Woman
as Major of Cavalry
as Hotel Proprietor
as Old Man
as Joe Hinman
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Critic Reviews for Tumbleweeds
The film is remarkable for several reasons, foremost among them the awe-inspiring spectacle of greed in action that is the land rush.
Superior western and a key film in Hart's filmography.
Audience Reviews for Tumbleweeds
Starring William S. Hart, silent western star. The villains aren't subtle, but many tried and true elements that are standard in westerns are present here. These elements were tried and found to be true in Hart pics. The romance between the cowboy and his girl has some sweet touches of comedy. The cowboy's buddy is a classic type. The racing horses, trio of musicians who briefly appear to "sing" the title song, and the triumph of good over evil are all satisfying in this well developed early example of a silent western.
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