Cowboy Buck Crosby is a big blowhard and a liar. His supposedly great race car driving and flying feats gets him invited to co-star with Marjorie Lane in a Western. He survives the auto ...
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Cowboy Buck Crosby is a big blowhard and a liar. His supposedly great race car driving and flying feats gets him invited to co-star with Marjorie Lane in a Western. He survives the auto racing scene but is exposed as a hoax when he tries to fly an airplane. Leaving in shame, he gets a chance to redeem himself when outlaws kidnap Marjorie. Written by
Maurice VanAuken <firstname.lastname@example.org>
One of over 100 Columbia features, mostly Westerns, sold to Hygo Television Films in the 1950s, which marketed them under the name of Gail Pictures; opening credits were redesigned, with some titles misspelled, the credit order of the players rearranged, some names misspelled, and new end titles attached, thus eliminating any evidence of their Columbia roots. Apparently, the original material was not retained in most of the cases, and the films have survived, even in the Sony library, only with these haphazardly created replacement opening and end credits. See more »
Unusual role gives Buck Jones chance to show he was an actor
He was always accepted as a hero, in part because he looked and fit the part, and maybe acting ability was not expected because it was not needed, but, in "The Thrill Hunter," Buck Jones shows he could act.
His leading lady should have become a major star. I don't know the whole story as to why she didn't. It wasn't for lack of looks or ability, but some people just don't have the luck or timing.
A fair number of other players also show that Columbia, the Poverty Row denizen, could turn out a quality picture even with a low budget.
Watch especially for the ubiquitous Hank Bell in a delicious part. Far too often Mr. Bell got no screen credit, and often didn't even get any lines.
Usually movies about movies exaggerate and trivialize the production, but this movie looks pretty realistic -- for a movie -- in its movie- making.
Again, all the smaller-role players are just about perfection, with no hamminess, no mugging, just genuine acting.
The story runs about as, I guess, we would expect, and the one flaw I found was in one climactic scene of pistol-shooting, but watch the movie. No spoiler here.
There is a first-class print at YouTube, excellent quality, but it is rudely (and unforgivably) interrupted by commercials. Commercials are bad enough, but these are popped in not just in the middle of a scene, but sometimes in the middle of a sentence. Terrible.
The good news is that when the movie picks back up, it starts at a point before the rude interruption.
I highly recommend "The Thrill Hunter," and thank my friend ZL for telling me about it.
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