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Across the Plains (1939)

Passed | | Western | 1 June 1939 (USA)
Two brothers separated when young meet as adults, one good and one bad.


(as Spencer Bennett)


(screenplay) (as Robert Emmett)

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Cast overview:
Jack Winters - aka Cherokee
Frank Yaconelli ...
Mary Masters
Jimmy Winters - aka The Kansas Kid
Jeff Masters
Buff Gordon (as Robert Card)
Lex - Henchman
Rip - Henchman (as Dean Spencer)
Wylie Grant ...
Rawhide - Henchman
Rusty the Horse ...
Rusty - Jack's Horse (as Rusty the Wonder Horse)


Two young brothers are separated when their wagon train is attacked and their parents killed. One brother Cherokee is raised by Indians and the other, the Kansas Kid, by the outlaw gang leader Buff. Twenty years later they unknowingly meet again when the Kid goes after wagons being guided by Cherokee. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Jack's six-guns take their toll as he blasts his way across the untamed prairie! See more »




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1 June 1939 (USA)  »

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Riders of the Rio Grande  »

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1.37 : 1
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This film received its earliest documented telecasts in New York City Tuesday 21 September 1948 on WCBS (Channel 2) and in Los Angeles Saturday 22 October 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5). See more »


[last lines]
Mary Masters: What are you thinking of?
Jack Winters, aka Cherokee: Settling down... in that little spot I was thinkin' of.
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One of the all-time great directors with a good cast, but ...

Jack Randall probably could have become a bigger star, judging by his performance here, if he had had more experience and more exposure.

His director in "Across the Plains" was one of the all-time greats, Spencer Gordon Bennett, who did some wonderful work as far back as the silent days.

I remember watching a serial at the lamented Silent Movie Theatre on Fairfax in Los Angeles and just marveling at the attention to detail Bennett paid. I sat in absolute awe then and at his later pictures.

Bennett, Randall, and the cast had a good story, one that got used in many variations and by many production companies, but the low budget got in the way.

For example, the fight scenes were really lame. No Yakima Canutt or David Sharpe was present to get that wild action that highlighted, for example, John Wayne and Republic pictures battles.

But there were superior players to make up for those lacks. Frank Yaconelli was one of the best "Mexicans" Hollywood ever had, and Joyce Bryant was lovely, although she didn't get to do much besides look good.

Dennis Moore has always impressed me, partly because of his great voice, but he's usually more than adequate in even the small roles he had. He too is someone I think should have become a star.

Glenn Strange is always good to see, and he had a different role here, a somewhat understated good guy. Remember Glenn Strange was so often so evil, why, once he even shot Charlie King in the back! Now that's low.

Bud Osborne got a meaty part, and, as usual, he handled it beautifully. He was always dependable and frequently a better actor than others in whatever cast he was in.

"Across the Plains" is available on Westerns on the Web, one of the greatest innovations since Algore invented the Internet. I recommend it, even though it's not the greatest western I've seen, not even seen this week. But it was my first chance to see Jack Randall, and now I'm going to look for more of his films.

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