This film is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-1946. Because of poor documentation (feature films were often not identified by title in conventional sources) no record has yet been found of its initial television broadcast. It's earliest documented telecast in New York City was Thursday 23 September 1948 on WATV. See more »
It was very much surprising to discover that this was a well-made movie. I picked up a Sinister Cinema video at a flea market and popped this thing into the VCR. Yes, it is an oldie, 1935 in fact. And yes, the acting back then was a bit stiffer as they were still getting the idea of talkies. However, having said that, the acting was generally good for the most part. There were some big names of the day in this one too. Monte Blue had a part in the beginning as a Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman named Larry Doyle. But he was murdered and his friend Jim McKenna (Kermit Maynard) joined the RCMP to take up where he left off and find the murderer. The new Mountie was teamed up with partner Windy Cameron played by Fuzzy Knight. You may remember Fuzzy as the sidekick of Buster Crabbe in Captain Gallant of the Foreign Legion and the side kick in many westerns with the likes of Johnny Mack Brown and Tex Ritter. The two go off into the wild mountains in search of a missing mining engineer and run into a gang of murderers. The female interest comes in the form of Billie Seward who is an unknown to me. Of course, any watcher of old cowboy movies knows the names of Monty Blue and Kermit Maynard. Monte was a handsome leading man from the silents into the talkies and appeared with many famous leading ladies including Lillian and Dorothy Gish, Gloria Swanson, Norma Shearer and Clara Bow. Kermit had a famous brother who was also a cowboy star, Ken Maynard. Kermit never made it as big, but did make a good number of movies and appeared uncredited in many more. No, this wasn't an award winner. However, for those who like the old cowboy type movies this was just what it was only north of the border with Mounties instead of Texas Rangers. It had a good story and the acting wasn't bad either. As the sun set over the mountain, I won't tell you who got the girl (as all these oldies ended). Take a peek if you get a chance, it is worth the hour to watch it.
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