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 ...
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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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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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