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Trouble in Sundown (1939)

Approved | | Western | 24 March 1939 (USA)
The bank has been robbed, the night watchman killed and the safe opened. The townspeople want John as he was the only one with the combination. Clint gets John out of town but before the ... See full summary »

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The bank has been robbed, the night watchman killed and the safe opened. The townspeople want John as he was the only one with the combination. Clint gets John out of town but before the mob turns ugly but the deputy is shot when he and Clint go to get John at the shack. Things look bad for John, but Clint does not believe that John did the robbery and he will look for the real crooks. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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A Knight in Ghost Town  »

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Modern sources include Earl Dwire, Slim Whitaker and Lafe McKee in the cast, but they were not seen in the film. See more »

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The story takes place in the era of unpaved streets, wooden sidewalks, horse and buggy transportation, and prominently displayed oil lamps, yet the leading lady, Rosalind Keith, as well as most of the background women, wears nothing but the latest 1939 clothing and hair styles. There's also mention in the script of the stolen bank funds being covered by insurance, but FDIC did not begin until 1933. See more »

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Prairie Winds
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Music and Lyrics by Ray Whitley
Played and Sung by Ray Whitley and the Phelps brothers at the midnight picnic
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Ruining the banker's reputation
9 May 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Trouble In Sundown finds George O'Brien and his sidekicks Ray Whitely and Chill Wills investigating not just a bank robbery, but just why is whoever did the robbery want to ruin the reputation of banker Howard C. Hickman. For instance Hickman is not just accused of the bank robbery, but he's also framed for the murder of Deputy Jack Perrin who was pursuing him.

In a ton of westerns made at this time bankers during those Depression years of the 30s were more often than not the villains. It was easy enough to sell that. This western was a bit unusual in that Hickman is not the villain, but the real bad guys sure want to make it seem like he's in cahoots with them.

Had he not gone into more A list films Chill Wills could have done a whole career as a western sidekick. Ward Bond whose credits in 1939 also included Gone With The Wind and other A list films would be doing a lot more of those in the next two decades. Bond was one of the villain's henchmen.

There's action enough, but Trouble In Sundown also includes a bit of detective work by O'Brien and his companions. Still it's a solid B western for the Saturday matinée kid crowd.


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