|The Painted Stallion 1937 N/R, 210 min.|
Director: Alan James, Ray Taylor, William Witney
Cast: Ray Corrigan, Hoot Gibson, LeRoy Mason, Duncan Renaldo, Sammy McKim, Hal Taliaferro, Jack Perrin, Ed "Oscar" Platt, Lou Fulton, Jean Carmen, Yakima Canutt, George DeNormand, Greg Whitespear
This 12-chapter Serial is entertaining, if you are into old Westerns. U.S. agent Clark Stewart (Ray Corrigan) is sent to Santa Fe to complete a trade agreement with Mexico. Meanwhile, Walter Jamison (Hoot Gibson) leads a wagon train West to Santa Fe with passengers that are hoping to take advantage of the agreement. But the evil governor of Santa Fe (Alfredo Dupray) attempts to undermine the negotiations AND stop the wagon train from arriving. Throughout the journey, a mysterious rider on a beautiful, painted stallion shoots whistling arrows to protect the wagon train passengers. Plenty of action, and old West heroes such as Kit Carson, Davy Crockett, and Jim Bowie add to the festivities.
|The Plainsman 1936 N/R, 115 min.|
Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Cast: Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur, James Ellison, Charles Bickford, Anthony Quinn, George "Gabby" Hayes, John Miljan, Porter Hall, Paul Harvey, Fuzzy Knight, Greg Whitespear
There is more myth than truth to this film, but it is still delightful fare. Gary Cooper is great in the role of Wild Bill Hickok, and he is backed up in the equally good performance by Jean Arthur as Calamity Jane.
|Riders of the Desert 1932 N/R, 58 min.|
Director: Robert N. Bradbury
Cast: Bob Steele, George "Gabby" Hayes, John Elliott, Horace B. Carpenter, Joe Dominguez, Greg Whitespear, Gertrude Messinger, Al St. John, Louise Carver, Tex O'Neill, Earl Dwire, Bob Burns, Frank Ellis, Blackie Whiteford, Glenn Strange
While Bob Houston (Bob Steele) is riding shotgun on a stagecoach, it is robbed and the driver killed. Bob's father (John Elliott) tells him that the Arizona Rangers have now disbanded and nothing can be done. Bob goes back to college, and when he returns one-year later he learns that Hashknife Brooks (George "Gabby" Hayes) had been arrested for the robbery and murder and that he has escaped from prison. After Hashknife kills Ranger Captain Jim (Horace B. Carpenter) who is the father of Bob's girlfriend Barbara (Gertrude Messinger), Bob and the Rangers, who have banded together again, track down Hashknife and his gang. Lots of action.
|Union Pacific 1939 N/R, 135 min.|
Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea, Akim Tamiroff, Robert Preston, Lynne Overman, Brian Donlevy, Anthony Quinn, Regis Toomey, Fuzzy Knight, Lon Chaney Jr., Greg Whitespear
This is a great action film about the building of America's first continental railroad; bigger than life in typical Cecil B. DeMille style.
|1. The Painted Stallion (1937)|
2. The Plainsman (1936)
3. Riders of the Desert (1932)
4. Union Pacific (1939)
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