~40-Horse Hawkins~
1924
Directed by: Edward Sedgwick

Story & Screenplay by:
Raymond L. Schrock
Edward Sedgwick
~Cast~

Hoot Gibson  ... Luke Hawkins
Anne Cornwall ... Mary Darling
Richard Tucker ... Rudolph Catalina
Helen Holmes ... Sylvia Dean
Jack Gordon Edwards ... Johnny
Edward Burns ... Sheriff (as Ed Burns)
Edward Sedgwick ... Stage Manager
John Judd ... Will Bill Bailey
~Remaining Credits~

Produced & Released by Universal Pictures

Cinematography by: Virgil Miller

Length: 6 Reels
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Released: April 21, 1924
~Plot Synopsis~
Pleasant silent comedy-Western starring Hoot Gibson. Gibson plays Luke Hawkins, the
jack-of-all-trades of the Western town of Lariat. An oldfashioned theatrical troupe visits the area and
Luke falls head-over-heels in love with Mary Darling (Anne Cornwall), the company's pretty
soubrette. So in love is our Luke that when the company returns to New York, he quickly follows.
After various odd jobs, the irrepressible Luke secures himself a bit part in Mary's newest stage
endeavor. Just as the play is about to flop, Luke's no holds barred ardor saves the day. If nothing An
unpolished Westerner once again finds himself a fish out of water on the Great White Way in this
pleasant silent comedy-Western starring Hoot Gibson. Gibson plays Luke Hawkins, the
jack-of-all-trades of the Western town of Lariat. An oldfashioned theatrical troupe visits the area and
Luke falls head-over-heels in love with Mary Darling (Anne Cornwall), the company's pretty
soubrette. So in love is our Luke that when the company returns to New York, he quickly follows.
After various odd jobs, the irrepressible Luke secures himself a bit part in Mary's newest stage
endeavor. Just as the play is about to flop, Luke's no holds barred ardor saves the day. If nothing
else, 40-Horse Hawkins offered a nostalgic look at the era of touring stock companies complete with
mustache-twirling villain (Richard Tucker) and a grand leading woman (Helen Holmes). Directors
Edward Sedgwick and J. Gordon Edwards appeared in cameos as a stage manager and stage-door
Johnny, respectively. Gibson was Broadway-bound once again in Broadway or Bust, also released in
1924.

Plot Synopsis by Hans J. Wollstein, AllMovie.com