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Guns in the Dark (1937)

Approved | | Western | 13 May 1937 (USA)
When Johnny and Mendez argue, the lights go out, and in the ensuing gunfight Johnny thinks he killed his friend Dick. Now refusing to wear a gun he crosses the border. But it is not long before he runs into Mendez and more trouble.

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Johnny Darrel
Claire Rochelle ...
Joan Williams
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Oscar (as Sid Saylor)
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Manuel Mendez - Menendez in credits
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Brace Stevens
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Pete Small
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Jim Badger
Julian Madison ...
Dick Martin
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Ranger Adams
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When Johnny and Mendez argue, the lights go out, and in the ensuing gunfight Johnny thinks he killed his friend Dick. Now refusing to wear a gun he crosses the border. But it is not long before he runs into Mendez and more trouble.

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Could Johnny Mack Brown Been So Dumb In This Film?
14 July 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Guns In The Dark casts Johnny Mack Brown as a drifting cowboy who along with his friend Julian Madison are broke, but happily looking forward to crossing the USA/Mexican border on the morrow of which they are south of at the moment. However when a fight erupts in Ted Adams's cantina and the lights go out, Madison ends up dead. Thinking he shot Madison by mistake, Brown decides to give up his two gun rig forever and forswear gun violence. This is after Adams disposes of the body and Brown flees back to the USA.

In order to critique this movie I do have to give it all away. Of course Adams is the villain, he usually is and he's working in tandem with Dick Curtis another movie western villain to cheat Clair Rochelle of her ranch and prevent her from building a dam which will flood a hidden trail they use for their rustling scheme. When I found out that Madison had really died of a knife wound however and Brown had been duped all along, I threw up my hands with that one. I mean you have to believe Brown would know the difference. That he could be fooled like that was ridiculous.

I think the writers were getting real tired over at Supreme Pictures and Republic which released this one to the movie-going public.


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