Langdon Towne and Hunk Marriner join Major Rogers' Rangers as they wipe out an Indian village. They set out for Fort Wentworth, but when they arrive they find no soldiers and none of the supplies they expected.
Dust storms and drought make herding horses a tough job for the boys. When the new owner of the ranch, Lydia Phelps, shows up, the ranch is in dire financial straits. The Martin Ranch has ... See full summary »
Phoebe Titus is a tough, swaggering pioneer woman, but her ways become decidedly more feminine when she falls for California bound Peter Muncie. But Peter won't be distracted from his ... See full summary »
An Eastern doctor is on the run from authorities in New York. Out west he comes to the aid of friends besieged by an outlaw gang known as the border legion. In the end, he is cleared of any wrong-doing back east.
George 'Gabby' Hayes,
In this light comedy, the Fargo Kid rides into town on an outlaw's horse and when mistaken for him, is hired to kill a man. There is a reward for the outlaw and the Kid's pal Whoppper not ... See full summary »
With thousands of cattle being rustled from White Sage ranch the 1930's Texas Rangers are called in. They manage to get one of their agents into the gang by making them think he is the Pecos Kid on the lam.
Laying on the Missouri-Arkansas border, the neutral Border City, its female mayor and city council, take no side in the ongoing Civil War and they're prepared to hang any troublemaker, Yankee or Confederate, who stirs the townsfolk up.
"Trail of the Vigilantes" is a very odd film simply because of the strange casting of Franchot Tone in the lead. This is strange because Tone is possibly one of the last actors of his day who I would have expected to see on horseback...aside, perhaps, Charles Boyer! Yet, oddly, he and Warren William are in what is essentially a nice B- movie! How peculiar.
As for the plot, it's similar to many Bs of the day. It begins with the President talking with Tim Mason (Tone) about the lawlessness and rise of vigilante justice in the west. Mason is sent to investigate one particular town and dubs himself 'Kansas' and tries to blend in by taking on a job as a ranch hand. There he makes a few friends and notices that since the formation of some cattlemen's association, cattle rustling has stopped. However, members of the association are paying dues in what essentially amounts to a shakedown and this shakedown is led by the baddie, Dawson (Warren William). So it's up to Kansas to get the goods on this guy and find out who he really is.
There is nothing particularly outstanding about this film other than the casting. In many ways, it plays like an old Roy Rogers movie but without the musical interludes. For the lack of singing, I give the film an extra point! My advice is to look for this film only if you love the idea of seeing Tone try (in vain) to pull of the cowboy act. But if you just watch it, it's not a bad film at all...a decent enough time-passer.
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