Ken and Happy, looking for their friend Cherokee, run into an outlaw gang led by Ritter who have been terrorizing the ranchers. Ken figures that one of the prominent citizens is the real ...
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Ken and Happy, looking for their friend Cherokee, run into an outlaw gang led by Ritter who have been terrorizing the ranchers. Ken figures that one of the prominent citizens is the real boss and sets a trap to find him. Written by
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In Whirlwind Horseman Ken Maynard plays the hero, Ken Morton. Morton rides along with his sidekick, Happy (Billy Griffith), and sees a man in a wagon being chased by a gang of bad guys. Immediately Ken and Happy jump into action and fight off the gang. Ken learns that ranchers are being driven off of their land and ends up with a job to help fight the evil gang. This draws Ken and Happy into a situation that was none of their business, but Ken is looking for his partner, Cherokee (Budd Buster), who is supposed to be in the area. It turns out that Cherokee has discovered oil in the area, but no one knows where. That is why Cherokee is kidnapped and held until he discloses the location of his discovery. Not taking any chances, the bad guys are driving everyone from their land in order to take over once the location of the oil is discovered. Ken has to figure out who leads the gang and save his friend.
Whirlwind Horseman was standard for a low budget western. The story was hardly different from most other B westerns, but every element of this Grand National production was done right. Ken Maynard's star quality shined brightly in this movie. The role of the sidekick would have been a little better if Billy Griffith and Budd Buster had traded roles. As Happy, Bill Griffith was not old enough or silly enough to fall into the stereotyped sidekick persona. Budd Buster was not much older than either Griffith or Maynard, but he was able to play a scruffy looking character. Buster made the part of Cherokee interesting.
One of the better B westerns, Whirlwind Horseman is definitely worth an hour of your time.
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