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The Cowboy Counsellor (1932)

A con man posing as a lawyer tries to sell copies of a phony law book. Things get serious when he has to defend a young man falsely accused of robbery.





Complete credited cast:
Ruth Avery (as Shiela Mannors)
Jack Rutherford ...
Bill Clary
Skeeter Bill Robbins ...
Deputy Lafe Walters
Sheriff Matt Farraday
Luke Avery
Bobby Avery
Judge Kendell (as Wm. Humphrys)
Replaced by Lorch (as Gordon De Maine)
Merrill McCormick ...
Bearded Prisoner (as Wm. McCormack)
Sam Allen ...
Hotel Clerk


Bill Clary has robbed the stage and planted some of the money at Luke Avery's ranch. Dan Alton arrives at the same time posing as a Lawyer to sell his book. When Avery is charged with the robbery, Luke's sister Ruth gets Dan to take the case. His defense entails robbing another stage. Luke is found innocent but Dan is exposed as a stage robber. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Release Date:

15 October 1932 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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So much greatness in this one film, I'm sorry I can't rate it higher than 10

Hoot Gibson was an unusual cowboy hero.

He won his battles more often -- at least in the films I've seen so far -- with his wits and personality than with his fists or gun.

And did he have a personality.

In "The Cowboy Counsellor" he is somewhat of a "Professor" Harold Hill, trying to sell "The Ranchman's Lawyer" to sheriffs and to anyone else who thinks he needs a guide to the law.

His claim to being a law expert causes him to get hired to defend a pretty girl's brother (she's played by Sheila Bromley and he by Fred Gilman) from a stage-coach robbery accusation.

Since it's a Hoot Gibson movie, there is more plot and story than gunfights and brawls, and it's a lot of fun.

Hoot is backed up by a crackerjack cast, just filled with superlative cowboy movie performers, some not especially well known today, but with lots of talent and personality, too.

Two of them have wonderful names: Silver Tip Baker, who has an uncredited bit as a barfly, and Skeeter Bill Robbins who has a big part as a deputy.

Two of the greats, Slim Whitaker, as the jury foreman, and Glenn Strange, are uncredited, which is so unjust.

Another of the greats is Al Bridge, with that unmistakable voice. He has a big part as the sheriff.

Young Bobby Nelson shows some almost Mickey Rooney scene-stealing ability as the younger brother.

Director George Melford is someone of whom I know nothing, but judging only by this beautifully crafted movie, I have to rate him highly.

He and his cast are helped immensely by a good script, credited to veteran Jack Natteford.

I can't offer too much praise for "The Cowboy Counsellor." Even though the print I saw, at YouTube, is choppy, and even interrupted by a commercial, it is one of the best B Westerns I've seen.

I recommend "The Cowboy Counsellor" very highly. I'll watch it again.

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