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Film, Video The unknown ranger

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  • The unknown ranger


  • "A man named Chandler, claiming to be a novelist in search of local color, arrives at a town near the Mexican border, where he makes advances toward Jo, a girl living a solitary life on a desert ranch. Manning, a cowboy, suspects Chandler's motives, and his suspicions are strengthened when Chandler is caught cheating at cards. Following a gang of Mexicans to their mountain retreat, Manning learns that Chandler and the Mexicans are smuggling opium across the border. Two gang members are killed in the ensuing fight, but Chandler, wounded by Manning after a chase on the cliffs, escapes to Jo's home, where he denounces Manning as a smuggler. Manning arrives and dispels Jo's misgivings about him by revealing that he is a Texas Ranger, sworn to secrecy. Chandler is allowed to escape, and Manning and Jo are united."--AFI Catalog.


  • Gordon, Harris, 1884-1947, director
  • Ray, Rex (Actor), actor
  • Hill, Ben, 1894-1969, actor
  • Newall, Marie, 1898-1937, actor
  • Boeger, Arthur, 1882-1965, cinematographer
  • Cohn, Martin G., 1893-1953, film editor
  • Aywon Film Corp., production company, film distributor

Created / Published

  • United States : Aywon Film Corp., 1920.


  • -  Cowboys--Mexican-American Border Region
  • -  Opium trade--Mexican-American Border Region
  • -  Smuggling--Mexican-American Border Region
  • -  Texas Rangers


  • Western films
  • Silent films
  • Feature films
  • Fiction films


  • -  Intertitles in English.
  • -  Rex Ray, Marie Newall, Ben Hill.
  • -  Photographer, Arthur Boeger ; editor, Martin G. Cohn.
  • -  Sources used: AFI catalog viewed online March 27, 2024.


  • 1 video file (digital) (approximately 45 min.) : si., b&w.

Source Collection

  • Rick Scheckman Collection (Library of Congress)

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2024601073

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Chicago citation style:

Ray, Rex , Actor, Ben Hill, Marie Newall, Arthur Boeger, and Martin G Cohn. The Unknown Ranger. directeds by Gordon, Harris, produceds by Aywon Film Corp.Uction Company, Film Distributor United States: Aywon Film Corp, 1920. Video.

APA citation style:

Ray, R., Hill, B., Newall, M., Boeger, A. & Cohn, M. G. (1920) The Unknown Ranger. Gordon, H., dir, Aywon Film Corp.Uction Company, F. D., prod United States: Aywon Film Corp. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Ray, Rex , Actor, et al. The Unknown Ranger. dir by Gordon, Harris, prod by Aywon Film Corp.Uction Company, Film Distributor United States: Aywon Film Corp, 1920. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.