Tiny Tucker delivers mail and attracted to her, Just Baggot becomes her new carrier. When he kills a man in a gunfight, the man's son joins him in the deliveries and they become good ...
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Tiny Tucker delivers mail and attracted to her, Just Baggot becomes her new carrier. When he kills a man in a gunfight, the man's son joins him in the deliveries and they become good friends. But Baggot has two problems, alcohol and the urging of his friend Signor to rob the mail shipments. When the boy learns Baggot killed his father and leaves him, Baggot decides to join Signor in a train robbery. When other outlaws beat them to it, they have a chance to become heroes. Written by
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This film's television premiere took place in Los Angeles Sunday 30 June 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by New York City Thursday 5 September 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2), by Philadelphia Tuesday 15 October 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), and, finally, by San Francisco 21 March 1959 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »
Wallace Beery played the same basic role in countless movies from the 1930s through much of the 1940s. In each, he was a somewhat amoral galoot who had a soft spot for kids--and ultimately gains redemption by the end of the movie. Back in the 30s, he made quite a few successful films of this sort with Jackie Cooper (such as "Treasure Island") and in the 40s with Margaret O'Brien ("Bad Bascomb") and in this film with young Darryl Hickman. From what I have read (such as Cooper's autobiography), Beery actually hated kids and was a hard-drinking guy with a temper like a badger with a toothache! But the public didn't know this and adored this formula. Because of this, "Jackass Mail" certainly is NOT original, but it still is pleasant viewing.
The film begins with Beery playing a horse thief with a strong desire to steal gold shipments. He soon meets up with another crooked guy (J. Carrol Naish) and together both of them try to be dishonest, but their better natures and luck conspire to keep them honest. Along the way, Beery (naturally) inherits a kid and soon begins a weird relationship with Marjorie Main--one where he initially wants to use her to get to the gold shipments but he eventually ends up falling for her. It's all a lot of fluff--but very enjoyable fluff. Well done but formula all the way. with no surprises...none.
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