Bitter old Ma Cowan wants to reignite the ancient blood feud with her hated neighbors, the Barstows. She forces her son Billy to swear he will avenge the death of his father, a casualty of the bloodshed between the two families a decade earlier. Billy arms himself and rides off, but the boy has a dilemma. He is secretly in love with his neighbor, Barbara Barstow, and must desperately try to prevent another shooting war from erupting.
Hollywood stunt man Bill Cody landed his first starring role in Dangerous Odds (1924), three years before he would produce and star in Born to Battle. He was unrelated to "Buffalo Bill" Cody, but sharing his name certainly didn't harm his career. Cody starred in B-Western productions for three decades most notably Frontier Days (1934), The Vanishing Riders (1935) and Lawless Border (1935).
Produced by and starring lower-echelon silent screen cowboy Bill Cody, this minor Western featured yet another variation on the Hatfield/McCoy feud. Ma Cowan (pinch-faced Nora Cecil) mistakenly believes that Luke Barstow (John P. Lockney) shot her husband 20 years earlier. Much to Ma and Barstow's disgust, young Billy Cowan falls in love with pretty Barbara Barstow (Barbara Luddy) and the feud is dangerously close to continue into a new generation. But Billy discovers that his evil uncle Tolliver (Sheldon Lewis) is fanning the flames for his own selfish reasons. Directed by the prolific Alvin J. Neitz (later known as Alan James), BORN TO BATTLE also found employment for such B-Western stalwarts as Olin Francis, Frank McGlynn, Jr., Ralph Yearsley, Lew Meehan, Sailor Sharkey and, as the sheriff, Fred Burns.
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6742DBorn to Battle (Silent) (DVD)http://oldies.s3.amazonaws.com/i/boxart/w340/67/42/089218674296.jpg?v=27.985.95USDInStock/Genre/Silent-Film/Labels/Alpha-Video/Product Groupings/Alpha-Video-DVDs/Sale Items/Alpha-DVD-Sale/Sale Items/Clearance-DVDs/Sale Items/CYBER-SALE/Sale Items/CYBER-SALE-Movies-TV/Sale Items/Over-20-Off-Movies-TVA cowboy falls in love with the daughter of his father's murderer.Alpha VideoDVDSilent-FilmSALE2012-02-21