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Sundown Trail (1931)

Dorothy, and her big city lawyer boyfriend, return to the Lazy 'B' ranch to read her late father's will. For Dorothy to inherit everything, she must stay on the ranch for 5 years. If she ... See full summary »

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(story) (as Robt. F. Hill), (dialogue) (as Robt. F. Hill)
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Buck Sawyer
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Flash Prescott
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Mr. Marston
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Joe Currier
Alma Chester ...
Ma Stoddard
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Pa Stoddard
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Auntie Jenny
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Dorothy, and her big city lawyer boyfriend, return to the Lazy 'B' ranch to read her late father's will. For Dorothy to inherit everything, she must stay on the ranch for 5 years. If she does not, everything goes to Buck, who is the manager. She does not like Buck, so she makes a deal with the wrong people for cattle and then the outlaws go to the ranch to get the $10,000 from her. But Buck is on the job. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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ranch | cattle | lawyer | outlaw | rescue | See All (20) »

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Romance | Western

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Passed
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11 September 1931 (USA)  »

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A Trilha do Sol Nascente  »

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| (Turner library print)

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.37 : 1
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Type Two
8 October 2014 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Frank Gruber once claimed there were only seven western plots. This would be the second in his list, the ranch story, in which outside forces threaten a rancher. In this case, it's Marion Shilling who has just inherited a ranch but if she wants it, she has to live on it for five years, lest it go to Tom Keene.

Tom was a dedicated actor who occasionally got small roles in A pictures, but most of his work was in the Cowboy Bs. This is a decent example of the sort of shoot-em-ups that RKO turned out. Within a couple of years, however, they dropped their lesser efforts in favor of two long-running series, first with George O'Brien and later with Tim Holt.

This early example is not just an early example of the singing cowboy western -- people burst into song at reasonable moments -- but also a pretty good western on its own. With Ted McCord handling the camera work and Yakima Canutt as a stunt double, it's a well-done if not terribly exceptional one-hour western.


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