For showing cowardice during a holdup, bank teller Bob Hunter is fired. He joins the Mounties and is assigned to look for those robbers. To have him work undercover, the Inspector's scheme ... See full summary »
For showing cowardice during a holdup, bank teller Bob Hunter is fired. He joins the Mounties and is assigned to look for those robbers. To have him work undercover, the Inspector's scheme is to have Bob supposedly kicked out of the Mounties. Written by
Maurice VanAuken <email@example.com>
"You men have but one enemy, he is the lawbreaker".
I'd say that it was good to see Charles Starrett in a flick that wasn't a Western, but when all is said and done, this one pretty much follows the script of that genre. Starting out as a disgraced bank teller who failed to prevent a sixteen thousand dollar robbery, Robert Hunter (Starrett) winds up in the service of The Dominion as a Royal Mountie. You have to admit he fills out the uniform nicely, and with his good looks and broad smile, it's not a fluke that he wound up a big time matinée idol for young boys and girls alike as the Durango Kid in the Forties and Fifties.
This far back though, Starrett's acting, as well as everyone else in the picture, is pretty wooden. The dialog clunks along, and any number of scenes look like the characters are merely reading their lines instead of interacting with each other. But talking pictures were still a relatively new medium in the early Thirties, and I imagine just about every film felt like an experiment.
I'll say this though, commercial advertisers certainly got an early jump on things. Keep an eye on the owner of Winton's Hardware Store as he walks by to open up the shop. There in prominent view is a well placed sign for Coca-Cola!
Back to the story, Starrett's character winds up in an altercation with a fellow Mountie, revealed later as a ruse to have him go under cover to smoke out the bad guys, a gang of bank robbers masterminded by a smarmy looking Kenne Duncan. He's the 'Chief' referred to by Madigan (Eric Clavering) in that cabin meeting, passing the classic heel test by attempting to rob his own father's store. Constable Hunter not only makes the save, but gets the girl as well, the shop owner's daughter Betty (Adrienne Dore).
Say, I wonder, you think after they got hitched, Bob and Betty ever went back to use up that nine dollar rent money?
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