|Border Law 1931 N/R, 62 min.|
Genre: Western / Action / Drama
Director: Louis King
Cast: Buck Jones, Lupita Tovar, Jim Mason, Frank Rice, Glenn Strange, Don Chapman, Lafe McKee, Lou Hicks, F.R. Smith, John Wallace, Ralph Bucko, Herman Hack, Bud Osborne, Al Taylor, Slim Whitaker
Working undercover for the Texas Rangers, Jim Houston (Buck Jones) and Thunder Rogers (Frank Rice) infiltrate an outlaw gang led by Shag Smith (Jim Mason) to avenge the murder of Jim's brother. Their plot is to get the gang to cross back over the border where the Rangers will be waiting for them.
|The Monkey Hu$tle 1976 PG, 90 min.|
Genre: Drama / Comedy
Director: Arthur Marks
Cast: Yaphet Kotto, Rudy Ray Moore, Rosalind Cash, Randy Brooks, Debbi Morgan, Thomas Carter, Donn C. Harper, Lynn Caridine, Patricia McCaskill, Lynn Harris, Fuddle Bagley, Frank Rice, Kirk Calloway
Set, and filmed, in the ghettos of Chicago, this story involves small-time hustler Big Daddy Foxx (Yaphet Kotto) who teaches his "trade" to the younger generation. When their neighborhood is threatened to be torn down to make way for a new freeway, the community comes together to save its homes.
|Mystery Ranch 1932 N/R, 56 min.|
Genre: Western / Mystery
aka: The Killer
Director: David Howard
Cast: George O'Brien, Cecilia Parker, Charles Middleton, Charles Stevens, Forrester Harvey, Noble Johnson, Roy Stewart, Virginia Herdman, Betty Francisco, Russ Powell, Steve Clemente, Frank Rice
Ruthless rancher Henry Steele (Charles Middleton) conducts a reign of terror in the valley to increase his holdings. He also keeps Jane (Cecilia Parker) hostage as he tries to get her to marry him in order to gain her land holdings. Undercover Ranger Bob Sanborn (George O'Brien) infiltrates Henry's ranch hands in order to bring the insane killer to justice. An unusual, dark Western.
|Phantom Thunderbolt 1933 N/R, 62 min.|
Director: Alan James
Cast: Ken Maynard, Frances Lee, Frank Rice, William Gould, Bob Kortman, William Robyns, Frank Beal, Wilfred Lucas, Harry Holman, Horace B. Carpenter, Arthur Hoyt
Coyote Gulch is in competition with another town to get the railroad franchise, and the other town hires a gang to harass the citizens of Coyote Gulch. But Coyote Gulch hires Ken (Ken Maynard)–posing as gunfighter Thunderbolt Kid–to help fight off the gang.
|Ruggles of Red Gap 1935 N/R, 92 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Romance
Director: Leo McCarey
Cast: Charles Laughton, Mary Boland, Charles Ruggles, Zasu Pitts, Roland Young, Leila Hyams, Maude Eburne, Lucien Littlefield, James Burke, Dell Henderson, Leota Lorraine, Clarence Wilson, Heinie Conklin, Frank Rice, Rolfe Sedan
American cattle baron Egbert (Charles Ruggles) and his society-minded wife Effie (Mary Boland) win English manservant Marmaduke Ruggles (Charles Laughton) in a poker game, and the fun begins. Ruggles is not happy to be heading off to the Wild West, but after going to a "beer bust" with Egbert, Ruggles begins to change his mind. Effie passes off Ruggles as an upper-class British officer, and he ends up a town celebrity. Later, Ruggles decides to open his own restaurant and gain independence. A fine rendition of Harry Leon Wilson's story that was filmed twice before and made again in 1950 as "Fancy Pants." The film was nominated for an Oscar as Best Picture.
|Somewhere in Sonora 1933 N/R, 59 min.|
Director: Mack V. Wright
Cast: John Wayne, Henry B. Walthall, Shirley Palmer, J.P. McGowan, Ann Fay, Paul Fix, Frank Rice, Billy Franey, Ralph Lewis, Slim Whitaker, Blackie Whiteford, Jim Corey, Frank Ellis, Glenn Strange, Bud Osborne
John (John Wayne) is accused of tampering with a rival's stagecoach before the stagecoach race. After being jailed, he is sprung by his employer, Bob Leadly (Henry B. Walthall), and ranch hands who are sure that John is innocent. John heads to Sonora, Mexico, to clear Leadly's son Bart (Paul Fix) from a charge of murder. Not only does he do that, he also clears his own name.
|The Squaw Man 1931 N/R, 105 min.|
Genre: Western / Drama
Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Cast: Warner Baxter, Paul Cavanagh, Lupe Velez, Eleanor Boardman, Charles Bickford, Raymond Hatton, J. Farrell MacDonald, Dickie Moore, Julia Faye, Frank Rice, Roland Young, DeWitt Jennings, Mitchell Lewis, Victor Potel, Eva Dennison
This remake of Cecil B. DeMille's 1914 and 1918 silent films is excellent fare as it again relates the tale of racial biases encountered in settling the Old West.
|1. Border Law (1931)|
2. The Monkey Hu$tle (1976)
3. Mystery Ranch (1932)
aka: The Killer
4. Phantom Thunderbolt (1933)
5. Ruggles of Red Gap (1935)
6. Somewhere in Sonora (1933)
7. The Squaw Man (1931)
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