29 August 2012 | MartinHafer
Worth seeing just to see Chase in a VERY unusual role.
The star of this film is Rex the Wonder Horse--a horse who folks today have most likely never heard of because the animal star era has long past. He and Rin-Tin-Tin were pretty big in their day--and Rex made 15 films--and got top billing. However, it's one of the lesser stars that interested me in this Hal Roach production. One of the co-stars is Charles Parrott--the real name of the comedian Charley Chase. Chase had a very successful career starting around 1925, though he had played bit parts for a decade earlier. So, you'll see him pop up in many, many different earlier silents--mostly using his non-stage name.
As far as the film goes, it's not bad by 1924's standards or if you see it today. Also, it's nice to see that the TeleVista DVD is in pretty good shape--something pretty rare for this company. They have brought many otherwise lost silents to DVD--but they also do nothing to restore them. Fortunately, the print for "King of the Wild Horses" is pretty good.
The film is set out west. A rich guy owns a ranch--and is having his horses stolen out from under him. What he doesn't know is that his no-account son (Chase) is actually helping the rustlers! There is another plot involving folks trying to capture a black horse who runs wild and who everyone is trying to capture. Our hero, however, is determined to capture the horse. How does the plot involving this dark horse (Rex) and the hero intersect with Chase and the baddies? Tune in and see.
Overall, if you love horses, you'll probably enjoy this silent film. However, it's not just a horse film but a decent western. Not especially deep but satisfying and well worth your time if you appreciate silent movies.