Two friends return home after their discharge from the army after the Civil War. However, one of them has had deep-rooted psychological damage due to his experiences during the war, and as ... See full summary »
Steve, revue producer in Rio de Janeiro, is still in love with his ex-wife Vicki, his star Linda is in love with Steve and Tito is in love with Linda. Because of this they all get small ... See full summary »
Pat Croft is welcomed back home by her mother, Mary, owner of a stage and freight line, and by foreman Jimmy Wakely and Cannonball. A man, Lance Regan, that Pat met on the stage is hired by... See full summary »
Radio singing star, Eve Porter, wants a vacation during her show's summer hiatus, but her manager and press have booked her for additional work. She refuses and goes to Las Vegas. When she ... See full summary »
Beverly Ross moderates an 5:30 am radio show with swing music, dedicated to the local servicemen. Two buddies of her brother have a chance to meet her and both fall in love. One of them is ... See full summary »
Crude and uncivilized backwoods trapper Jed Cooper and his two partners sign up as scouts in a remote Oregon army fort, manned chiefly by untrained rookie soldiers. Jed, flirting with the ... See full summary »
The western town of Headstone is being besieged by the outlaw Killer Pete and his gang. Arriving on the same stagecoach are the new Sheriff and easterner Belinda Pendergast, known as Bill. The new Sheirff is unable to catch Pete and Pete now sends him and the posse out of town where Indians wait in ambush while he and his men ride into town for a big raid. Bill, however, learns who Pete really is and has the townswomen ready to surprise them when they arrive. Written by
Maurice VanAuken <email@example.com>
Delightful slice of western slapstick from Columbia Studios. The humor is pretty broad, the musical numbers frequent, and the cast especially appealing. It's a really young Glenn Ford showing why a big, versatile career lay ahead; a tomboyish Penny Singleton showing why she was more than just Blondie; and bad girl Ann Miller (!) still tap dancing her way into our hearts. And mustn't overlook an outstanding supporting cast, e.g. Ruggles, Jenkins, Waffles. I especially like that Miller-Jenkins tap dancing number with her in cowboy boots and him tripping the light fantastic.
Oh yeah, the plot's something about a masked bad guy terrorizing the town. Turns out it's a town bigwig, just like in a kid's western. But who cares since that's just a way of stringing together the other, better elements. I'm not sure who the intended audience was since the result is neither a kid's matinée nor an A-production (the guys ride around greater LA). I doubt that the audience was ever found since the release date was right before Pearl Harbor! Anyway, for me the 70-minutes came as a pleasant surprise, though that opening stagecoach chase seems an unnecessary body-count. Nonetheless, the music's delightful and the acting appealing, so there's a lot to like in this unheralded Columbia production.
0 of 0 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?