Like worn, old saddle leather, Harry Carey's craggy face and gravelly voice evoked a kind of gritty western realism that thrilled audiences in both the silent and sound eras. With a stellar career that included his early collaborations with John Ford in the 1920s, his breakthrough "talkie" epic, Trader Horn
(1931), his Oscar- nominated supporting role in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
(1939), and his final appearance on-screen with John Wayne in Howard Hawks' 1948 Western classic, Red River
, Harry Carey was always the cowboy's cowboy.
The Night Rider (1932, B&W): A mysterious caped bandit is terrorizing ranch owners, stealing from his victims and disappearing into the night. Investigating the crimes, lawman John Brown poses as notorious gunman Jim Blake, taking a job at a ranch run by pretty Barbara Rogers and her brother, Dan. A little sleuthing reveals that the Night Rider is part of a conspiracy to steal valuable ranch lands. Brown sets a trap to snare the elusive robber, but he's not prepared for the shock of discovering the Night Rider's true identity.
Starring Harry Carey, George "Gabby" Hayes, Jack Weatherby; Directed by Fred C. Newmeyer.
Without Honor (1932, B&W): The Marlan brothers work opposite sides of the law. Pete Marlan is a hard-fighting gambler with a checkered history and a price on his head. His younger brother Jack, a Texas Ranger with a sterling reputation, is currently investigating a cross-border smuggling ring. When Jack is murdered, the sheriff finds a note on his body that ties him to the smugglers. Swearing to restore his brother's tarnished honor and avenge his death, Pete goes after the killers with a ruthless determination.
Starring Harry Carey, Mae Busch, Lafe McKee, Mary Jane Irving; Directed by William Nigh.