A friend of Dick Bailey is killed by a mysterious assailant, whom Dick suspects to be Stack, who is in league with the crooked sheriff. Out on a spree Dick swears he will marry the first ...
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A friend of Dick Bailey is killed by a mysterious assailant, whom Dick suspects to be Stack, who is in league with the crooked sheriff. Out on a spree Dick swears he will marry the first woman he sees, who happens to be Ruth Hammond, sister of his dead friend, arriving to take charge of the Hammond ranch. Revolted by his rough proposal,she fires him as the Hammond foreman and she proceeds to the ranch. Stack informs her he has purchased the ranch for the payment of the back-due taxes, and she relents and rehires Dick and his friends to aid her in her fight against Stack. Written by
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When this film was re-titled 'Winning the West' and re-released theatrically in 1952 by Favorite Films, it was often shown in tandem with the re-release of The Mysterious Rider (1933) which had been re-titled 'The Fighting Phantom.' See more »
This unassuming little Western from 1930 has a little of everything. The narrative structure is very interesting.
Story opens with a saloon full of men, including Richard Arlen. He's been on a drunk since his pal was shot and killed. He just can't get over it. But on that day's train comes the dead man's sister (Mary Brian), who's come to claim his ranch. Arlen (very drunk) runs into her on a sidewalk and tries to pick her up. She's alone in a strange town and terrified, but she gets away.
The next day Arlen shows up at the ranch with three pals, looking for work. She throws them out when she recognizes the drunk from the night before. A little later, another man (Fred Kohler) shows up to inform her the ranch is his because he paid the back taxes. He suggests they might make a deal and starts advancing on her when Arlen returns, fights with Kohler and chases him off.
From that point, it's up to Arlen to defeat Kohler and the crooked sheriff and ride off into the sunset with the girl.
This is a very straightforward story and the look of the film reminds of the old silent Westerns of William S. Hart. Nothing is gussied up: Brian wears plain dresses and the town looks like a wind-blown Old West town.
Arlen was never a great actor, but he's good in simple roles like this. Brian seems still to be struggling with dialog. The ethnic comic Harry Green shows up as a Jewish peddler. George Chandler, Syd Saylor, and Regis Toomey co-star.
Only an hour long, but a neat little film.
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