The Bandit Buster

The Bandit Buster is a 1926 American silent film western. Directed by Richard Thorpe, the film stars Buddy Roosevelt, Molly Malone, and Lafe McKee. It was released on December 19, 1926.

The Bandit Buster
Lobby card for the film
Directed byRichard Thorpe
Produced byLester F. Scott Jr.
Written byFrank L. Inghram
Richard Thorpe
StarringBuddy Roosevelt
Molly Malone
Lafe McKee
Distributed byAssociated Exhibitors
Release date
  • December 19, 1926 (1926-12-19) (US)[1]
Running time
5 reels
CountryUnited States


Henry Morton is a prominent banker. His daughter, Sylvia, and his wife feel that he is working too hard. Sylvia enlists the help of her friend, Buddy Miller, who has romantic aspirations towards her, to fake a kidnapping, taking her father to a secluded cabin where he can rest for a week or two. Miller and his friend, Romeo, take Morton and bring him to a lakeside cabin.

Unbeknownst to Morton's wife and daughter, he was in the midst of a large business transaction. When Morton's subordinates go to Mrs. Morton for instructions as to whether hold or sell Morton's stock, Mrs. Morton discusses the situation with Sylvia. Their discussion is overheard, and real kidnappers are informed of his whereabouts, and go to the cabin and conduct a real kidnapping.

When Mrs. Morton receives the ransom demand, she believes that Miller is behind the kidnapping, and was only pretending to "fake kidnap" her husband. Sylvia also has her doubts. However, Miller tracks down the real kidnappers and rescues Morton, who upon his return finds his holdings greatly enhanced, allowing him to retire. Sylvia understands she was incorrect about Miller, and the two end up together.

Cast list


A December 1926 article in Motion Picture News announced the release date as December 19, 1926. It gave credit for the story to Frank Inghram, while stating that Buddy Roosevelt as the star of the film, supported by Molly Malone, Lafe McKee, Winifred Landis, Robert Homans, Charles Whitaker (Slim Whitaker), and Al Taylor.[2][3]


Moving Picture World gave the film a positive review, calling it a "snappy actionful western story."[4]


  1. "The Bandit Buster". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on December 5, 2017. Retrieved December 5, 2017.
  2. "Three Pathe Features for Dec". Motion Picture News. December 18, 1926. p. 2344. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  3. "Three Action Westerns in Pathe Group". Moving Picture World. December 11, 1926. p. 425. Retrieved February 2, 2018.
  4. "The Bandit Buster". Moving Picture World. December 25, 1926. p. 597. Retrieved February 2, 2018.
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