Other Cowboy Stars – Buck Jones in “Just Pals”
September 11, 2008
Here’s another guy whose films I had never seen. I may have picked the wrong one. “Just Pals” (1920) is a western in the sense that “How Green Was My Valley” is a western (both films directed by John Ford!)
It’s a melodrama surrounding some missing money in a small town. Bim (Buck Jones) is the local bum and he, with his little hobo kid sidekick, stop the outlaw gang and save the day.
I did get a sense of Buck Jone’s presence. It’s strong. He’s got a natural, easy athleticism — effortlessly hopping over a fence, shimming down a rope, fiddling with a lasso. He looks cool in battered clothes, smoking a corn-pod pipe.
In the end, he does get to do some riding, and he’s good. Some neat stunts on horse as well. He looks natural with a gun in his hands.
I’m be back, Buck, I’ll be back.