When Belnap finds his herd infected with hoof and mouth disease, he tries to ship them immediately. But Gene finds an infected cow and quarantines all the herds. To get permission to ship, Belnap changes the brand on one of his infected cows to the Wheeler brand. Gene knows the Wheeler herd is OK and sets out to find the infected herd. Written by
Maurice VanAuken <firstname.lastname@example.org>
[Frog tries to keep a bunch of cattlemen from breaking through his checkpoint]
I'm warnin' you. If you take any cattle across this line, I'm going to blast you with this smokestick - and it ain't loaded with beans!
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Gene and Smiley are cattle inspectors, who get mixed up with infected herds and slippery owners.
I've seen a ton of matinees, but this is the first where an elephant, yes an elephant, is complicit in a jailbreak. Now let's see the sheriff lock Him up. Pretty good Autry oater, some hard riding, but not many flying fists, nor much fast shooting. Still, the plot's unusual, dealing as it does with a common cattle diseasehoof & mouth-- that's seldom mentioned in oaters. Not much in the way of scenery, looks like Big Bear woods east of LA, at least for some of the shots. I'm constantly amazed by Burnette's low-key versatility. Watch him twirl the six- shooters, maybe comically, but as expertly as anyone. Here he also gets a big part in shaping events. What an underrated comic sidekick he was. Anyway, Storey's fetching, while blowhard Hodgins gets to peddle his patented snake-oil in amusing fashion. Too bad, the song selections are pretty undistinguished, but who cares when we've got Storey to ogle. All in all, it's a decent Autry package, with Gene in the spiffiest outfit this side of uptown Dallas.
A "5" on the Matinée Scale
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