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Frontier Scout (1938)

After fighting in the Civil War, Wild Bill Hickok and Whiney head west to investigate missing cattle herds. There they meet their war buddy Norris who is now in the cattle business. When he... See full summary »

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Stephen Chase ...
Mort Bennett (as Alden Chase)
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Jack C. Smith ...
Gen. U.S. Grant (as Jack Smith)
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Jones - Bookkeeper (as Bud Buster)
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Julie
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King - Henchman
Carl Mathews ...
Elliott - Henchman
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After fighting in the Civil War, Wild Bill Hickok and Whiney head west to investigate missing cattle herds. There they meet their war buddy Norris who is now in the cattle business. When he is unable to explain the missing herds, Bill goes into action. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Action! Action! ACTION! He took the tamin' of the West as a one man's job!!! See more »


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16 September 1938 (USA)  »

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This film received its first telecast Sunday 21 April 1940 on New York City's pioneer, and still experimental television station W2XBS. Post WWII televiewers got their first look at it in Cleveland Wednesday 21 January 1948 on freshly launched WEWS (Channel 5). See more »

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Oh, Susanna
Written by Stephen Foster
Sung by George Houston
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You could see why George Houston never made it in Hollywood
13 July 2015 | by See all my reviews

George Houston is a name very, very few people will remember. He made about a dozen movies for one of the crappiest studios of the day, PRC, and even for PRC he was not particularly talented. Here in "Frontier Scout" he has as much charisma as a potato--and the writing and direction certainly didn't help to make him look any more interesting.

When the film begins, it's the Civil War and Wild Bill Hickok and his two friends are saving the Union. Historically speaking, this is all poppycock--and, oddly, it really has nothing to do with the rest of the film!!

What follows is a typical situation in which baddies are preventing beef from being shipped because they're either killing off the ranchers and re-branding their herds or charging them ridiculous rates to take the cattle to market. So, it's up to the historically inaccurate and dull as dirt Wild Bill to come to the rescue along with his friends.

Don't say I didn't warn you about this one--there isn't a lot to recommend it. A super-dull script, super-dull acting and super-dull EVERYTHING make this a chore to finish.


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