Sandy Doyle, gambler and political chief of a small border town, seeks to gain control of the Bar-X Ranch, owned by Rufe Rickson, to further some undercover activities of his own. He counts... See full summary »
Sandy Doyle, gambler and political chief of a small border town, seeks to gain control of the Bar-X Ranch, owned by Rufe Rickson, to further some undercover activities of his own. He counts on Rickson's inability to stay away from gambling as the means to his ultimate success. Government investigator Oliver Shea and his assistant, Dan Haggerty, start a fight in Doyle's place when they see Rickson being cheated and are invited to the Bar-X where Oliver and Helen Rickson, Rufe's daughter, discover interest in each other and Dan finds himself pursued by Bell, the ranch cook. Sheriff Larson brings the prize money for the $5,000 race of the Rodeo Association, and that night it is stolen from her safe. The next day, Doyle says it was paid to him by Rickson for a gambling debt. Realizing that she must be free in order to prove her father's innocence, and that now her horse, Snowy, must win the race, Helen confesses to the theft and makes good her escape. Her sleuthing establishes that Doyle ... Written by
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"Ride 'em Cowgirl" is a western that stars a woman, Dorothy Page. In the late 1930s, Page made three cowgirl movies for Grand National Pictures and this is the last of them. While having a female cowboy hero would seem to be a huge step forward for women, it was only an itty-bitty step, as the film has two huge problems. First, Page is not the only hero--and much of the time Milton Frome comes to save her! So much for a feminist message. Second, after this third film, Grand National gave up on the female western and Page soon retired from pictures.
The film begins with an odd pair arriving in the west. Oliver (Milton Frome) and Dan (Vince Barnett) are an unlikely duo. This is because Frome is NOT the standard handsome cowboy--though he plays one here. Additionally, Barnett is one of the last guys you'd expect to see in a western or fighting baddie as most of the time he was used for comic relief and played a bumbler--but not here. The pair meet up with a nice lady (Page) and her father and soon it becomes apparent that someone is trying to force them off their land. One of their tricks to do this is trying to convict her or her father of a crime they didn't commit. Can the girl or her new hero friend manage to uncover the plot and save the day?
The plot is the standard greedy baddie who wants everything plot--one of the most familiar in western movie history. The only real unusual aspect of the film is the strong-ish female lead and Barnett--who manages to play against type. Not a terrible film (though a few of the actors were pretty limp) but one that is not the strong pro-feminist sort of film folks today might have hoped would have been made back in 1939.
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