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Gambling On the Rodeo

Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York
10 February 2012

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Mesquite Buckaroo casts Bob Steele as an all around rodeo cowboy, proficient at all the events, and a heavy favorite to become champion at the annual local rodeo. His closest competitor is Ted Adams and some gamblers headed by Charles King think they can clean up betting on the underdog.

Well if you have honest judges who award points honestly, what do you do to fix a rodeo. The bucking horses and bulls are not terribly cooperative in these endeavors so you kidnap the star and when he doesn't show for his entered events, he's disqualified and your guy wins by default.

That's the scheme and if you care to watch Mesquite Buckaroo you will see how it is overcome.

I've seen the rodeo fixing premise used before, particularly in a John Wayne B western whose title does not occur to me at the moment, but it was better done there. Mesquite Buckaroo has even less production values than your B western coming out a studio like Monogram or Republic. A lot of stock rodeo footage is used to fill out the normal running time of a B feature film. The padding however is of poor quality and the stitching shows.

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