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The Cactus Kid (1935)

Perrin and his partner get paid a big sum of money at the end of their cattle drive. Shortly thereafter, the partner is found with a knife in his back and Perrin is blamed for the murder.



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Cast overview:
Fred Humes ...
Jimmie (as Fred Hume)
Plug (as Charles Whitaker)
Joe De La Cruz ...
Cheyenne (as Jo de la Cruz)
Jayne Regan ...
Andy (as Wally Wales)
Starlight the Horse ...
Starlight (as Starlight)


After Jack and Jimmy get paid for delivering horses, Jimmy rides off to pay the hands. Plug Perkins gets Cheyenne to kill him but Cheyenne leaves a plate from his harmonica at the scene. Jack finds the plate and catches up with Cheyenne just as Perkins is about to shoot him. After saving Cheyenne's life, he has a plan that will trick Cheyenne into a confession. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Release Date:

3 January 1935 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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The earliest documented telecasts of this film took place in New York City Tuesday 16 November 1948 on WPIX (Channel 11), in Chicago Saturday 26 March 1949 on WGN (Channel 9), in Los Angeles Sunday 24 April 1949 on KTSL (Channel 2), and in Philadelphia Thursday 17 November 1949 on WFIL (Channel 6). See more »

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See this for Slim Whitaker, but there's a lot more

By no means is this low-budget B western perfect, but it has so many good moments, it deserves the 9 out of 10 I gave it.

To see Slim Whitaker trying to lure a dance-hall girl back to his place then try to bully the swamper is alone worth the price of admission.

Slim, billed here as George, Whitaker was a staple in B westerns, and during those few roles where he was allowed to shine, he did!

There are some director flaws here, the director being Harry Webb who knew and usually did better, but there is a lot of fun as well as a lot of action.

Webb wasn't so good with the actors, but his story did move. And the development, including scenes in a ladies' wear shop, is both unusual and well done.

Jack Perrin, the nominal star, is new to me. In fact, I don't recall any other movie with him as star, but now that I've seen him, I want to see all his films.

Hal Taliaferro is here billed, as he so often was, as Wally Wales and is listed way down the cast list, but look for him.

"Rosie" is the girl for whom Pug, the Whitaker character, shows interest and she is played by Tina Menard who is cute as the proverbial spotted pup. You won't be able to miss her.

When you watch this, dispel any preconceived notions. The bad guys are the most astonishing mixture of character traits I have ever seen in a B western.

"The Cactus Kid" is, despite some directorial problems, and maybe an editing flaw or two, in many ways an unusual B western, and I highly recommend it.

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