Pirates of the Prairie (1942)

Approved  |   |  Western  |  20 November 1942 (USA)
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This film opens with two small Arizona towns, Spencerville and East Spencerville, separated by a dry gulch and a feud, and governed by a Vigilante Committee. Lew Harmon, committee member ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Ike (as Cliff 'Ukulele Ike' Edwards)
Nell O'Day ...
Helen Spencer
John Elliott ...
John Spencer (as John H. Elliott)
Lew Harmon
Karl Hackett ...
Rufe Jackson
Ed Cassidy ...
Chief Surveyor Allen (as Edward Cassidy)
Henchman Layton


This film opens with two small Arizona towns, Spencerville and East Spencerville, separated by a dry gulch and a feud, and governed by a Vigilante Committee. Lew Harmon, committee member and also leader of the crooked element, is using the masked band for his own purpose to terrorize ranchers, and to grab the land and force the railroad to pay high right-of-way prices. Deputy U.S. Marshal Larry Durant, sent to investigate, poses as a gunsmith, and is ordered out of town by Harmon. Helen Spencer, the banker's daughter, discovers the railroad survey is finished and later, Harmon tricks Ike into telling him where the line will run. Larry trails Harmon's henchmen to East Spencerville and breaks up an extortion scheme. This convinces banker John Spencer of the treachery of Harmon and the vigilantes, but he is killed by Harmon before he can disband the committee. Larry, after Ike is wounded trying to help him, rounds up the citizens of East Spencerville and sets a trap for the criminals. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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20 November 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Piratas da Montanha  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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1942 was a banner year for Tim Holt. He starred in seven B westerns - more than any other year in his prolific career. Pirates of the Prairie was the sixth movie of the seven, followed by Red River Robin Hood. See more »


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Good Quick and Straight-Shooting
30 October 2006 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This Tim Holt western is a remake of the 1940 LEGION OF THE LAWLESS, starring George O'Brien, Holt's predecessor as RKO's leading B western star. The plot is a good one, about Tim Holt being sent to deal with the vigilantes who are ruining the town, and Cliff Edwards (best known today as the voice of Jiminy Cricket) is on hand for comic relief and the occasional song. Holt is still a little callow for the lead in a western, but he has a few good moments and the gloss of good writing, some nice photography by Nick Musuraca and post production carry it along for the hour that it takes.

The westerns were the most conservative of movies and it shows in the occasional iris cuts. But some of that may be laid at the feet of director Breatherton, who directed B movies, mostly westerns, for a quarter of a century and who started out as an editor -- the ability to 'cut in the camera' led to an efficiently shot production. The result here is a fairly attractive western for fans of the genre.

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