Jay Price's dying mother tells him his real name is Jack King and gives him a locket as proof. At the King ranch he loses the locket which is found by the foreman. Hoping to regain his ... See full summary »
Jay Price's dying mother tells him his real name is Jack King and gives him a locket as proof. At the King ranch he loses the locket which is found by the foreman. Hoping to regain his proof, he hires on as a ranchhand knowing the foreman is the outlaw known as the Hawk. But trying to prevent the Hawk from rustling cattle, he is captured by the Hawk's men. Written by
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Independent producer Herman Wohl hired Paramount film editor Edward Dmytryk to direct this 1935 western, marking Dmytryk's first directing job. It was reissued in 1937 by another independent producer, J.D. Kendis, as a Jay Dee Kay Production and with the title changed to "The Trail of the Hawk". Until 1937 it was known as "The Hawk". To confuse matters even further, it was acquired in 1949 by Ramblin' Tommy Scott, a touring tent show proprietor covering most of the southeastern and southwestern United States, and he had some footage shot of himself, his talking doll Luke McLuke and family members Sandra Scott and Frankie Scott performing some musical numbers and inserted that into the footage of the original, taking care to now show it, via a new pressbook and posters, starring himself and his relatives. The film was then presented at grindhouse theatres across the country where Scott and his troupe appeared live on stage before and between showings. Scott and his traveling vaudeville show stayed on the road for three more decades presenting their version of the old-time medicine show, and he employed such veteran western actors as Tim McCoy and Sunset Carson as part of his troupe. See more »
Implausability after implausibility mars this ridiculous film here. Essentially this tale is about a man who seeks out his Father after his mother passes away. After arriving at the ranch where his Father works, which of course, he doesn't tell anyone that he's kin, he learns of a cowhand's plan to sabotage his father's cattle drive. OK, I'll get this right out in the open. Why on earth would the son keep a secret like that from his father when he could've revealed it? The "proof", a locket, disappears, but my gosh, wouldn't he believe him if they just sat down and talked? Very bizarre. Of course, that's not the only thing, we have the annoying kid cowboy, the over-stereotypical cook, (this time he's Italian) and of course the way-too-smart dog companion. Finally, I wonder if audiences in the thirties were smart to realize that the love interest in the film, though he didn't realize it at the time, would technically be the hero's own sister.
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