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The Marshal of Mesa City (1939)

Passed | | Western | 3 November 1939 (USA)
School teacher Virginia King, annoyed by the unwanted attentions from Mesa City sheriff Jud Cronin, resigns and departs for Yuma. Her stagecoach is attacked by a gang led be Cronin's ... See full summary »

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Virginia King
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Sheriff Jud Cronin
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Duke Allison
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Henchman Bat Cardigan
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Mayor Sam Bentley
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Henchman Jake Morris
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School teacher Virginia King, annoyed by the unwanted attentions from Mesa City sheriff Jud Cronin, resigns and departs for Yuma. Her stagecoach is attacked by a gang led be Cronin's henchman Pete Henderson, trying to force her to return to Mesa City. Ex-lawman Cliff Mason comes along and disarms and unmasks the outlaws. It will take several days to repair the coach and Cliff takes Virginia back to Mesa City. Cliff identifies the outlaws, but Marshal Andy Thompson is killed trying to arrest Henderson, who makes a getaway. Mayor Sam Bentley appoints Cliff marshal pro tem. Cliff arrests the outlaws but Judge Wainwright is on Cronin's payroll and sets them free. Cliff persuades the city council to pass a law forbidding the carrying of firearms by others than officers of the law. Cronin sends for Duke Allison, notorious gunman, to deal with Cliff, but Cliff saves Duke's life and Duke accepts a deputy marshal's badge from Cliff. Cronin arrests Cliff and Duke for the killing of Henderson, ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A TWO-GUN ACTION SPECIAL! See more »

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3 November 1939 (USA)  »

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Carga de Valentes  »

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Cliff Mason: I know that breed. They don't like to fight unless they have the drop on someone.
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Edited into Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch (1976) See more »

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Goodnight Ladies
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Played by the band at the first dance
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Sheriff vs. Marshal
5 June 2013 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

It's a better 60-minutes than average horse opera. I like the way the plot involves dueling lawmen, one a county sheriff (Ames), the other a town marshal (O'Brien). Also, the judge and town mayor are on different sides. So it's not just good guys versus bad; it's one town faction versus another. Of course, O'Brien's faction are the good guys while Ames' are crooked as the proverbial dog's hind leg.

At first, I thought RKO might be trying to pair up Brandon (Duke) with O'Brien for a series like the Three Mesquiteers, but that's not the way things turn out. The oater's also notable for including Leon Ames who later went on to an A-movie stint with MGM and a lengthy TV career, usually as an amiable father. Though getting close to middle-age (40), O'Brien looks like one of the physically strongest of the cowboy heroes, with biceps like proverbial ham-hocks. Anyway, it's a generally well done little matinée special that manages to avoid many clichés of its type.


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