The city of Tulsa is founded after the 1893 Oklahoma land rush. Judge John Kincaid becomes mayor, and his son, Ned, is sheriff. Saloon owner Whip McCord, who has a criminal past, plots against them to gain control of the city.
Father and son Ned Kincaid and John Kincaid are two of the thousands taking part in the Oklahoma land rush of the Cherokee Strip. They are certain they can stake out the piece of land they want for a new townsite, which they will call Tulsa, as they have the two fastest horses in the land. But out of circumstance, they are forced to share their townsite with outlaw Whip McCord, who wants exclusive rights to provide all saloons and gambling joints in the town. After the town of Tulsa is set up, Ned wants to run for mayor and John as sheriff so that they can quash the criminal element in town, namely McCord and his band of men. Their anti-crime platform raises the standoff between the two factions, both sides which will do whatever they need to get what they want. Written by
THE OKLAHOMA KID rides again as this Warners short reaps miles of footage from that feature film into an abbreviated version. The names of the hero and villain are unchanged, and leads Robert Shayne and Warner Anderson are dressed just as were Cagney and Bogart in the original film.
At times you can spot both Bogie and Cagney in long shots or "from behind" shots. All of the action and crowd scenes come from Lloyd Bacon's film, and it's practically a sin that he wasn't credited.
Charles Middleton, who was in the original film, shows up again, this time in a different role. Addison Richards, often seen as a doctor, lawyer or military man in tons of 40s films, shows up as a judge. Like most of these shorts featuring either Shayne or George Reeves (who would appear together years later in the "Superman" TV series), the budget may have been minuscule, but they're fun to the maximum.
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