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One of three films made by Columbia circa 1936-37 based on behind-the-scenes film making with a "western" setting ("The Cowboy Star", "Hollywood Round-up" and "It Happened in Hollywood"), plus RKO weighed in the same year with George O'Brien's "Hollywood Cowboy." It had been done before, RKO's 1933 "Scarlet River", and would be done again, "Shooting High" from 20th Century-Fox and Republic's "Bells of Rosarita", among others with a western setting, but this Coronet production with Buck Jones may well be the best of the lot as it devotes more footage to actual film-making both on studio sets and locations. One out-of-the norm plot incident has the studio head Lew Wallace offering a job to a fading star Carol Stevens, with a semi-apology for casting her in what he calls an "outdoor special" and she calls a "horse opry", and this scene in a B-western leaves no doubt that the B-western and it people were near the bottom of Hollywood's pecking order. The stereotypes are there, with Shemp ... Written by
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Stilted acting, nothing original about the plot in this B-film western...
Columbia seemed intent on making B-films about westerns being shot in Hollywood and the behind-the-scenes glimpses throughout the story that are supposed to be a point of interest.
Trouble is the script offers nothing in the way of real entertainment. BUCK JONES is a cowboy doubling for big western star GRANT WITHERS, a conceited hunk of muscle in love with HELEN TWELVETREES. Despite a name that makes you blink, Twelvetrees is quite forgettable as an actress and the rest of the cast is sub-par in that department too.
Little DICKIE JONES (he was the voice for "Pinocchio" in the Disney classic), plays a wannabee cowboy who helps get Buck Jones out of a jam when he's mistakenly thought to be part of a bank robbery. Everything is straightened out for the last reel, but by this time most viewers will find the whole tale mighty predictable. The bit with the airplane and the dramatic attempt to get the gangsters from flying off in their plane is about as far-fetched as anything else in the story.
I reckon you can skip this one without missing anything.
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