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Hair-Trigger Casey (1936)

Approved | | Animation, Action, Crime | 1 March 1936 (USA)
After having been gone for some time, a cowboy comes home to his ranch to find himself up against a gang involved in smuggling Chinese into the country.


(as Harry Fraser)


(story) (as Monroe Talbot), (screenplay) (as Weston Edwards)




Complete credited cast:
Starlight the Horse ...
Casey's Horse (as Starlight)
Betty Mack ...
Jane Elkins
Snowflake (as Snowflake)
Dave Casey (as Wally Wales)
Phil Dunham ...
Colton - Border Patrol Agent
Lt. Brooks (as Denny Meadows)
Victor Wong ...
Lee Fin - Karney's Enemy


Learning their is trouble on his ranch, Captain Casey receives leave to return. One of his hands has been murdered and investigating, he finds the man responsible. It turns out to be his foreman Karney who has been smuggling Chinese across the border. Karney escapes but he has made enemies among the Chinese and one of them is waiting for him. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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BORDER PATROL SMASHES CHINESE SMUGGLING RING! (original poster-all caps) See more »


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1 March 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lutando na Fronteira  »

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1.37 : 1
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Low-budget film? But an awfully good one, with stellar production leaders

Starting with stirring music -- maybe the best part of the movie -- by Lee Zahler, a terribly under-rated music director in Hollywood, "Hair-Trigger Casey" jumps right into action.

Jack Perrin and Snowflake (really a good actor, but usually cast in this cardboard characterization) and Dennis, sometimes Denny, Moore, who is billed as Denny Meadows, are introduced immediately, and you know this movie is gonna MOVE.

"You just get back from one war and start trainin' for another," are the prophetic words from Snowflake as the Harry L. Fraser story gets started on a topic that is still timely, 80 years later.

Besides a good story, there is an excellent cast. Phil Dunham as Abner is a stand-out, and Wally Wales, known here by his later name of Hal Taliaferro, shows he was not only a great cowboy, but an actor.

All up and down the cast list are familiar and admired performers, and I highly recommend "Hair-Trigger Casey," which can be found at YouTube.

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