This reviewer won't address the quality of this Tiffany release versus
other Rex Lease oaters. My main motivation for seeking out this otherwise
forgettable antique was to view Boris Karloff in one of the many different
roles he took between 1929 and 1932.
The film opens with white-hatted Rex Lease (as Cal Reynolds) being
chased by a posse. [Given the number of splices in this print, the film
be missing footage] His crime is never revealed and his horse clearly
acting honors during this sequence, sending the posse the wrong way.
Fortunately, Cal evades the law, gaining sanctuary at the "Crook's
Karloff (as Baxter) drags in a young woman at this point. Her presence is
unexplainable, saying she followed Cal, but not why or how she's a better
tracker than the posse. Enter Tom Santschi (as Butch) to claim the girl.
Baxter objects and gets punched. Now, there was a time before sound
made cowboy fists sound like firecrackers and this was it. Santschi
Karloff. Hope they got it in one take! Anyhow, Cal MARRIES Jennie (played
Dorothy Sebastian) to save her from the black hats. Wish Jennie'd told Cal
she's engaged to the sheriff...
It's classic antique talkie fodder, complete with scenes filmed at
silent speed, out-of-focus shots and the cacophony of early RCA
Karloff's got plenty of screen time and where he rides his horse into a
scene watch him crash into Santschi's horse. Makes you wonder why Raoul
Walsh's "The Big Trail" didn't clean-up at the ticket window that year.
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