A sequel to Riders of the Purple Sage (1925), The Rainbow Trail proved one of silent screen star Tom Mix's finest films. Mix appears as John Shefford, a nephew to Jim Lassiter, the character he had played in "Riders." The heroic Shefford not only manage to free his uncle from the sealed off Paradise Valley, but prevents Lassiter's adopted daughter (Anne Cornwall) from marrying a scoundrel (George Bancroft). Mix was slightly less bombastic in this film and it actually suited him. Both Riders of the Purple Sage and The Rainbow Trail had been filmed by Fox in 1918 starring William Farnum. The studio returned to the Zane Grey stories once again in 1931, this time as entries in their George O'Brien series. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi
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