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USA 1936
produced by
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directed by Harry L. Fraser
starring Harry Carey, David Sharpe, Ruth Findlay, Jane Novak, Lee Shumway, Ed Cassidy, Roger Williams, Phil Dunham, Earl Dwire, Chuck Morrison, Bartlett A. Carre, Hal Price, Francis Walker, Horace Murphy
written by Harry L. Fraser (story as Monroe Talbot, screenplay as Weston Edwards), music by Lee Zahler

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Rankin (Phil Dunham) and McCall (Earl Dwire run the Royal Flush Mine, once a rich mine they now try to get back on its feet again - by securing a $ 10.000 loan - but when McCall returns from the bank with the loan, he is held up by a trio of gangsters, Morrell (Lee Shumway), Gannon (Roger Williams) and Blackie (Chuck Morrison), who almost shoot him and almost get their hands on the money if it wasn't for drifter Cheyenne (Harry Carey), who patches up McCall's wounds, hides him and takes care of the money.

Meanwhile though, Morrell had the good idea to inform the Sheriff (Ed Cassidy) about the hold-up, and he presents Cheyenne as the tailor-made culprit - and Cheyenne actually lets the Sheriff arrest him without revealing the whereabouts of McCall, who could vouch for him. But once in jail, it takes Cheyenne no time to get out again, and he almost catches the trio of gangsters red-handed when they steal the money from the Sheriff's house, having overcome his young deputy (David Sharpe).

It all boils down to a showdown in the Royal Flush mine, where the baddies, the deputy, McCall and the Sheriff and his posse all meet up, where the real villains of the piece are revealed, and where a big explosion prevents them from taking off after all.

Ruth Findlay plays David Sharpe's love interest while Jane Novak plays the gangsters' moll.

 

A cheap Western to be sure, but rather nicely written, and with Harry Carey, though at the tail end of his career, still at the top of his game. Only the climax in the mine is rather anticlimactic and does not pack the bunch it should. Still, not too bad for a B Western.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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