The Ballyhoo Buster

The Ballyhoo Buster is a 1928 American silent film western. Directed by Richard Thorpe, the film stars Jay Wilsey, Peggy Shaw, and Nancy Nash. It was released on January 8, 1928.

The Ballyhoo Buster
Directed byRichard Thorpe
Produced byLester F. Scott Jr.
Written byRobert Wallace
Frank L. Inghram
StarringJay Wilsey
Peggy Shaw
Nancy Nash
CinematographyRay Reis
Distributed byPathé Exchange
Release date
  • January 8, 1928 (1928-01-08) (US)[1]
Running time
5 reels
CountryUnited States


After selling cattle to two strangers, Bob Warner is later drugged by those same men, who steal the money they had paid for the herd. Penniless, his girl leaves him for a rival suitor. Warner leaves town and meets a medicine show proprietor, who lets him join the show. Warner's job will be to last three rounds with anyone who challenges him in the ring, a "ballyhoo". He becomes quite a draw, and eventually the show makes an appearance in Warner's home town. He is challenged by the man who stole his girlfriend. While in the ring with a contestant, he notices the two robbers among the spectators. He knocks out the contestant, then chases after the two crooks. In the chase, one of the crooks hops into a car and then loses control, plunging over an incline and killing him. Warner catches up to the other and overcomes him, recovering his money.

Cast list


At the beginning of January Pathe announced that they would be releasing ten films in January, the first of which would be The Ballyhoo Buster.[2] The film was released on January 8, 1928.[3]


Motion Picture News gave the film a positive review, calling it "... a well told story, capably acted and directed and with a smattering of events that have not as yet been hashed to death by the makers of films of the great outdoors."[4] The Film Daily also gave it a positive review, highlighting the new different angle for a western film. They enjoyed Buffalo Bill's performance, but felt that Thorpe's direction was only satisfactory, but praised the cinematography of Ries.[5]


  1. "The Ballyhoo Buster". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on December 8, 2017. Retrieved December 8, 2017.
  2. "Pathe Sets 10 Features for January Release". Motion Picture News. January 7, 1928. p. 64. Retrieved September 29, 2018.
  3. "Quick Reference Picture Chart: Pathe". Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World. January 7, 1928. p. 71. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  4. "Opinions on Pictures: The Ballyhoo Buster". Motion Picture News. December 30, 1927. p. 2035. Retrieved September 29, 2018.
  5. "Buffalo Bill Jr., in The Ballyhoo Buster". The Film Daily. December 30, 1927. p. 2035. Retrieved September 29, 2018.
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