Horse-riding silent film actor Tom Mix was known as a roping Romeo

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Tom Mix became a roping Romeo in “Six Shooter Andy” (1918)

The full breadth of the big ranches with their stirring horsemen, their daring deeds, their ambitions, are combined with touches of the East in “Six Shooter Andy,” in which Tom Mix is making his second appearance as a dramatic star for William Fox.

It is a story that thrills, and the thrill touches all hearts, whether they be of the North, the East, the South or the West. Beside the touch of the plains, there is much humor in the play.

The scene is laid in Bannock, where the cowboy and the girl arrive simultaneously, after the cowboy has rescued the girl from plains desperadoes. They find Bannock under the domination of a gang of outlaws who operate with the assistance of the sheriff and it becomes their task to clean the place up.

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They do it, too! And there’s some action in the process! Of course, there is a good, strong undercurrent of heart interest running through the story, because the Cowboy simply cannot overlook the fact that the girl is pretty and sweet and winsome and capable — which, by the way, is a fairly interesting combination of virtues in anyone, man or woman, but particularly woman.

Tom Mix has always been a favorite with motion picture followers. He’s a man who takes chances to thrill and entertain. He is athletic. He is a born and bred plainsman.

He is acknowledged to be one of the best riders in the world and he loves his horses. He has one which he calls Aggie, and Aggie seems to understand everything Tom says. When Tom tells Aggie to fall dead, Aggie does it, and does the stunt as well as the best actor could.

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The public will like Six Shooter Andy. Exhibitors have learned by experience that variety in programs is the spice of life, and all know that there is a wonderful interest in all lands in the glorious Golden West.

Tom Mix, cowboy, United States scout in the Spanish American War, motion picture comedy director, comedy star, dramatic star, that’s the story!

Tom Mix’s rise in pictures is due entirely to his knowledge of life on the plains. His leadership in the cattle country is acknowledged by hundreds who have followed him in many stirring adventurers, particularly those in which ranchmen of the great Southwest engaged to rid that territory of bandits.

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For a long time he made two reel comedies for William Fox and he always packed five reels of action into the two thousand feet. His comedies were so well liked that exhibitors began asking Mr Fox to star him in five reel dramatic productions.

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There was such demand for the comedies that at first Mr Fox hesitated, but finally the demand became so insistent that Tom was put where the lovemaking is a bigger factor than producing fun. Tom does very well. Then, too, he shoots well, he rides well, and his horses act well for him.

But perhaps the fact about his work that has the biggest appeal to exhibitors and the public is that he is putting a new sort of punch in his productions. Western subjects seem well suited to easy development of action.

Tom Mix, however, does not get results by the easy method. He is striving constantly for, and is obtaining new effects. He capitalizes ability. He makes opportunities as no one could who was not plainsbred. It is in realism that he excels! His pictures are the testimony of the self-confident expert witness.

He is convincing as is perhaps no other actor starring in Western dramas! He sets new standards in Six Shooter Andy.

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Tom Mix’s stunts in Mr Logan, USA (1919)

Tom Mix made a daring ride on his horse Tony, down a 200-foot embankment for a scene in his latest William Fox photoplay, “Mr Logan, USA,” which will be shown at the Liberty Theatre tonight.

To say that Tom made the ride would not be altogether true. Tom made only 150 feet of the ride and completed the other 50 feet by rolling.

It was indeed a daring stunt and even the cameraman, J D Jennings, was shaky as Tom’s horse felt his way down the steep incline. Tony was very careful, however, and carried Tom along in safety until within 50 feet of the bottom of the hill, he stumbled on some brush.

Knowing horse that Tony is, he turned slightly, and as he fell, threw Tom upward toward the bank. There was nothing to save either of them, however, and they rolled and rolled until they could roll no more — and strange to say, Tom stopped rolling alongside of Tony.

Evidently Tom never lost his wits, because he threw his leg over the saddle and grabbed the pommel as Tony started to his feet.

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