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Although this film is from Alpha Video, its quality is a lot better
than most of their other Tim McCoy films. While some of it's too dark
and the sound is off, it's bearable.
Of all the B-western series cowboys, Tim McCoy is one of my favorites. He was a bit better actor than most (able to play various types of parts), was great with his gun, wasn't too pretty and, most importantly, did NOT sing! However, I noticed that much of the plot of this later McCoy film involves singing! Yuck. Fortunately it's not Tim singing, but some friends of his--friends who are like the Sons of the Pioneers. Could this film be a deliberate attempt by the film makers at PRC to keep up with Gene Autry and Roy Rogers and their style of film? And, if so, does this mean the series has 'jumped the shark'? Keep reading and see for yourself.
McCoy plays the Marshall in the title. Some local supposed 'do-gooders' are using their organization, the so-called 'League of Patriots' to hide their real intentions. Instead of goodness and civic-mindedness, they are really planning on hiding behind their organization to buy up local ranches, as only they realize that there's a fortune in tin hiding under the land.
What happens next is pretty much typical McCoy EXCEPT for the dopey singing. As a result, it's well worth seeing if you are a fan--but also a bit of a disappointment.
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