Trouble in Colorado is tying up Union troops needed back east during the Civil War and Lieut. Burke is sent to investigate. Macklin and his gang are causing the problems and Capt. Mason ... See full summary »
George 'Gabby' Hayes,
Quirt Evans, an all round bad guy, is nursed back to health and sought after by Penelope Worth, a Quaker girl. He eventually finds himself having to choose between his world and the world Penelope lives in.
Tex is up against a group of hooded outlaws. When he shoots one, he uses the hood to infiltrate the gang. Almost caught by them, he escapes only to be arrested by the Sheriff who thinks ... See full summary »
Kalmus is after the freight contract held by Summers. When his gang kill Summers, Tex and Duke step in to help Madge keep the freight line going. When they foil the gang's further attempts, Kalmus gets the Judge to jail the two.
Bill Hickok in his early pre-gunslinger years as a freight-line agent protecting a gold shipment from villains out to steal gold and land out west while America is diverted by the Civil War back east. With the help of Calamity Jane and her horse-trader uncle, Hickok battles the bad guys while trying to win the love of his life, Louise, in a formulaic B western adventure with songs. Written by
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Kids who might have learned their history from this
In the beginning of his career, Roy Rogers actually played characters other than people named Roy Rogers. Here he's Wild Bill Hickok who foils a dastardly plot hatched by an unnamed foreign country to detach the west coast from the union by fomenting outlaw trouble during the Civil War.
John Miljan is the villain here, performing in the best Snidely Whiplash tradition. He's only the west coast top guy, he does receive instructions from the east, Roy finds a letter addressed to Miljan signed by John Wilkes Booth. Amazing Miljan was able to keep a straight face through the whole procedure.
Actually amazing that Roy kept a straight face too. Gabby Hayes is around to lend Roy a helping hand and actress Sally Payne as Calamity Jane is the best thing here. Her performance is remarkably similar to the one given by Doris Day in another 14 years.
This film is not unusual in that it was in a tradition at the time with B Westerns to take famous names in history and create wholly fictional plots around them. That's a tradition I'm glad we've stopped.
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