The last entry in Columbia's series co-starring Bill Elliott and Tex Ritter (who departed for the corrals at Republic and Universal), and a remake of 1931's "The Avenger" with Buck Jones: ...
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The last entry in Columbia's series co-starring Bill Elliott and Tex Ritter (who departed for the corrals at Republic and Universal), and a remake of 1931's "The Avenger" with Buck Jones: Joaquin Murietta (Bill Elliott)is robbed of his property by Jeff Gorman (Dick Curtis) and town banker Gil Kirby (Robert Fiske) and seeks revenge by disguising himself as a masked bandit, known as The Grey Shadow,and begins to raid gold shipments intended for Gorman and Kirby. Anita Morrell (Adele Mara) arrives in town and is shocked to learn that her father has been murdered. California Ranger Tex Lake (Tex Ritter) investigates and finds clues, planted by Gorman and Kirby,implicating Murietta. Kirby, the real killer, demands $2,000 from Anita in return for the deed to her father's gold mine.Murietta comes to her, denies any involvement in the killing, and gives her the needed money. Lake is on Murietta's trail, but the two are soon united in a fight against the outlaws. Written by
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A standard sagebrush recipe with a touch of leather
The teaming of Tex Ritter and "Wild Bill" Elliott gives this B-western a bit of an edge, but the results still don't rise above the routine. A highlight comes when Elliott is captured by the Bad Guys and subjected to a vigorous whipping across his bare back. (This bit of "beefcake" is something of a rarity for the Missouri-born "Wild Bill" who, despite an attractive physique, usually kept his shirt on.) The camera remains focused on Elliott's face and on his uplifted arms which have been tied to a tree branch. (No, the armpits have not been shaved.) Elliott's grimaces of pain, complete with gritted teeth, are quite convincing each time the lash strikes, which may help account for the fact that this scene ranks 55th in the book, "Lash! The Hundred Great Scenes of Men Being Whipped in the Movies." Alas, most VCR prints of "Vengeance of the West" seem to be of poor quality.
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