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A Broadway Cowboy

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Directed by  Joseph Franz
Starring  William Desmond
Initial release  1920
Producer  Jesse D. Hampton
Cinematography  Harry W. Gerstad
Cast  William Desmond
Produced by  Jesse D. Hampton
Running time  5 reels
Director  Joseph Franz
Written by  George H. Plympton
Distributed by  Pathé Exchange
A Broadway Cowboy
Based on  a short story, The Man from Make Believe by Byron Morgan
Release date  July 4, 1920 (1920-07-04)

A Broadway Cowboy is a 1920 American silent Western film directed by Joseph Franz and starring William Desmond. It was distributed by Pathé Exchange.



As described in a film magazine, Betty Jordan (Francisco), daughter of a Montana banker, is in the East attending boarding school and falls desperately in love with Burke Randolph (Desmond), a matinee idol, who performs valiant deeds behind the footlights each night in the title role of an old-fashioned melodrama, The Western Knight. She is expelled from school after Burke treats a chaperon rather roughly during an automobile ride. When Betty returns home to Montana, Sheriff Pat McGann (Delmar), who is in love with her, finds a picture she has of Burke in his cowboy suit, and in a fit of jealousy sends copies of it out to the other neighboring sheriffs with the request that Burke be arrested on sight. When his show hits a small western town, Burke is arrested. He manages to escape, and in a series of exciting incidents accidentally captures four desperadoes who in the prior night had robbed Betty's father's bank. Burke is proclaimed as a hero and wins Betty as his bride.


  • William Desmond as Burke Randolph
  • Betty Francisco as Betty Jordan
  • Thomas Delmar as Sheriff Pat McGann
  • J. P. Lockney as Colonel Jordan
  • Paddy McGuire as Prisoner at Large
  • Clark Comstock as Sheriff Sim
  • Evelyn Selbie as Miss Howell
  • Preservation status

  • The film is preserved at Filmmuseum Nederlands (EYE Institut).
  • References

    A Broadway Cowboy Wikipedia

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