The idea for the picture came about when producer Jed Buell overheard an employee of his production company, Spectrum Pictures, bemoaning the state of the film business and remarking that "if this economy doesn't turn around, we'll have to start making pictures with midgets". Buell loved the idea and put in motion what eventually became this film. See more »
Arriving at Preston's ranch, Haines ties his horse securely to the hitching rail. Leaving, a minute later, he mounts the now un-secured, untied horse. See more »
If you enjoy watching 1930's B Westerns - you'll enjoy watching this imaginative romp through the Wild West.
If you enjoy watching 1930's B Westerns especially singing westerns you'll enjoy watching this imaginative romp through the Wild West.
Take any standard "oater" and cast little people with the emphasis on people in the roles of a hero caught between two feuding cattle barons and an evil rustler trying to steal his girl - - and you'll have an idea what this film is about. All of the elements are here from a hero falsely accused of murder and facing a lynch mob - - to the final showdown and his saving the damsel in distress from the evil villain.
Several performances were clearly outstanding and truly enjoyable to watch: Billy Curtis as the hero - Buck Lawson; Nita Krebs as the Vamp(ire) Nita and especially Charles (Mayor of Munchkin City) Becker as the Cook Otto - - who stole each and every scene. (His scene with the duck is priceless).
Of minor note was the fact that many of the actors and actresses in the barroom scenes appear to have had German accents which makes some words of their songs a little difficult to understand at first but in subsequent viewings this proved to be no problem - - especially since the delightful lyrics of the Lew Porter Song "Mister Jack and Missus Jill" more than compensated.
Additionally although the director (Sam Newfield) chose to dub some songs with voices from professional singers which proved to be a minor irritant as far as continuity is concerned this was standard practice for 1930s oaters. (Does anyone dare to forget John Wayne in RIDERS OF DESTINY as Singin' Sandy Saunder?).
However all-in-all - this film was truly enjoyable.
In closing I'd like to comment on the fact that it is sad that many comments I've read reflect the fact that many folks cannot get past their bias toward little people - - - and view little people playing real roles as real people as something only to be laughed at.
Please watch this film with an open mind and you could be pleasantly surprised!!!
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