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Scarlet River (1933)

Unable to find open range near Hollywood, western actor Tom Baxter and his troop head to Judy Blake's ranch to shoot their film. Tom soon learns her foreman has been rustling and poisoning ... See full summary »

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Unable to find open range near Hollywood, western actor Tom Baxter and his troop head to Judy Blake's ranch to shoot their film. Tom soon learns her foreman has been rustling and poisoning her cattle. When Tom threatens to expose him, Judy is kidnapped and the troop told to leave. With an expert makeup man available. Tom poses as one of the outlaws in an attempt to rescue her. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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The story of a movie cowboy who had to fight it out with a gang of real western bad men! (original poster) See more »


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10 March 1933 (USA)  »

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O Rio Escarlate  »

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Stuntman Yakima Canutt broke his shoulder while doubling for Tom Keene in a transfer from a horse to a wagon team. See more »

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A Shoot Within a Shoot
8 May 2014 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

A film crew gets mixed up with a ranch's dishonest foreman and his conniving mastermind.

This oater has one of the darndest scenes of any horse opera I've seen. A movie crew is out in the middle of nowhere shooting a cowboy scene. Except it's not out in the middle of nowhere when a sudden parade of cross-country runners run through the setup. They come out of nowhere, and abruptly the illusion is shattered. More tellingly, it shows how much of an illusion those old matinees were for front row kids like myself.

Minimize the boilerplate plot. Instead, it's really fun watching the film crew go through the movie-making motions. As others point out, it's a movie within a movie. And catch Miss Westinghouse herself, Betty Furness, as the actress. I almost thought I was watching one of those old 50's game shows. Also, there's Lon Chaney Jr. while he was still young and strapping. Anyway, it's a fun movie, at least in my little book. And if I'm not mistaken, those rock slabs are Vasquez Rocks just a few miles north of LA. So the crew didn't have to go far, after all.

A "7" on the matinée scale.


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