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Pals of the Prairie (1934)

Passed | | Western, Short | 3 April 1934 (USA)
Two cowboys get involved with a pretty ranch owner, her crooked fiancé and a robbery.


(as Craig Hutchinson)


(story), (screenplay) (as Robert Emmett)


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Complete credited cast:
Jay Wilsey ...
Bob Bentley (as Buffalo Bill Jr.)
Buck Owens ...
Ben Corbett ...
Bill (as Benny Corbett)
Jo Ann Carter
Charles K. French ...
The Sheriff


Buck and Bill are penniless pals with just one horse that they ride double. They take jobs on Joan's ranch and trusting them, she lets them get the payroll from the bank. But her foreman and fiance Bentley has them robbed, made prisoners, and claims they fled with the money. They escape and now set out to prove Bentley was the culprit and retrieve the money. Written by Maurice VanAuken <>

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Western | Short






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3 April 1934 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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Pretty Bad But Worth Watching
18 March 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Pals of the Prairie (1934)

** (out of 4)

A rather bland Western short has Buffalo Bill, Jr. (aka Jay Wilsey) above the title but he actually plays a supporting part. The film centers around friends Buck (Buck Owens) and Ben (Buffalo) who start to work on a farm when they're asked by the beautiful Joan (Victoria Vinton) to take some money into town. The men are held up by her wannabe future husband but of course he blames them and they've got to clear their name. This two-reeler is without question one of the dumbest and worst written films I've ever seen. This is certainly nearing the levels of any bad filmmaker out there but at just 20-minutes the thing never gets boring and at least the badness adds a rather campy feel to it. The story bounces around so much that it's impossible to tell that anyone over the age of three wrote the screenplay. There's never a good pace to the story and it's told in such a way that it seems bits and pieces are just left out or never even thought of. Something will happen to get us from point A to B and then something else will happen out of nowhere just so the story can get to another point. Owens is mildly likable in his role and Buffalo Bill, Jr. at least comes off mildly entertaining. The two certainly aren't a great comedy team and their "action" together doesn't work either but for some reason they remain watchable. The strange thing is that a radio gets used several times in the film and how it's done is just downright awful and you won't be able to not laugh. The following year Bela Lugosi did a film called MURDER BY TELEVISION, which featured an incredibly stupid story but the use of the radio here is even worse.

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