After saving himself from hanging, Laramie Nelson saves Tracks Williams from the same fate. They then travel to Lindsay's ranch where they get jobs. There they run into Adams who they learn is planning to rustle Lindsay's horses.
Laramie Nelson (Buster Crabbe) falsely accused of horse-stealing, is about to be strung up by a posse when a sudden lurch of his horse knocks down his would-be executioners, and he makes his escape. He soon comes upon another hanging posse and saves "Honest" Tracks Williams (Raymond Hatton), accused of a long, long list of minor crimes, and the two ride off together. They come to a small Arizona town, and their first encounter is with attorney Monroe Adams (Grant Withers) and his client, Harriet Lindsay (Marsha Hunt), owner of the large, prosperous Spanish Peaks ranch. Harriet and Adams have come to town to stop the marriage of her young sister, Lenta (Betty Jane Rhodes), to shy young Alonzo "Lonesome" Mulhall (Johnny Downs). They are successful, and Alonzo is jailed, along with Tracks, following his attempt to shoot up the town. Tracks offers to arrange an elopement for Alonzo as soon as they are out of jail. Laramie gets them out of jail ahead of schedule by stampeding a herd of ... Written by
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Although this film was re-released theatrically under its original title, when it was sold to television, it was re-titled 'Bad Men of Arizona' , most likely to protect the theatrical re-release showings which were still in progress in many territories. It was first telecast in New York City Friday 26 February 1954 on WCBS (Channel 2) and in Los Angeles Saturday 10 July 1954 on KNBH (Channel 4). In San Francisco, it first hit the airwaves Monday 13 June 1955 on KPIX (Channel 5). See more »
[Justice of the Peace Abernathy explains the finer points of the marriage contract to the bride and groom]
The marriage becomes legal directly after I get my fee!
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The Arizona Raiders finds Buster Crabbe and Raymond Hatton as a pair of western characters no better than they ought to be. In fact Hatton is wanted in all kinds of places for various non-violent offenses. But in their travels they also come upon young Johnny Downs who has tried to elope with his sweetheart Betty Jane Rhodes. Downs has pursued Rhodes and her older sister Marsha Hunt from Kentucky where they've come to take possession of a horse ranch that belonged to their late father, but is now run by lawyer and estate executor Grant Withers.
Years ago my mother was given sound advice concerning my father's estate which was never to have the executor be a lawyer, too many opportunities to milk the estate. Which is what should have happened here because Grant the Snidely Whiplash like shyster has been dipping in the till. And he plans to steal the ranch herd from Hunt and Rhodes with the connivance of foreman Don Rowan.
So in this film adapted from a Zane Grey novel it's up to these three unlikely heroes to stop the villainy and put things right. Do we have to ask whether that's done in this B western?
Like his fellow swimming Tarzan Johnny Weissmuller, Buster Crabbe had gotten used to the camera and was handling a great deal more dialog and variety of parts than Weissmuller was. Crabbe avoided the jungle trap of Tarzan that Weissmuller couldn't. He's a more than credible cowboy hero for B westerns, in fact later on he essayed a few villain parts.
Raymond Hatton is very funny in his role and he's matched by Richard Carle as the Justice of the Peace who winds up throwing Johnny Downs in jail on Withers complaint after the elopement fails. But one of the best bits I've seen in a B western comes when Crabbe breaks Downs and Hatton out of jail by use of some firecrackers to stampede a herd of cattle going through town. The cattle in the stampede destroy the rickety jail and the three companions are united.
Definitely this was one film the juvenile audience on Saturday afternoon would thoroughly have enjoyed along with their parents.
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