As a boy, Frankie Wilson witnesses his father's murder, which was ordered by general store owner Phineas Hook. He vows to return as a man and bring the murderers to justice. Years later he comes back as a deputy U.S. marshal. He enlists the help of Jan Colburn, a childhood friend, to help him trap Hook, who is now the town banker. Written by
David Glagovsky <email@example.com>
At Hooksville - the last town on the route West - an evil banker engages in robbery & murder to prey upon unsuspecting travelers.
WAGON WHEELS WEST is a dandy little Western, with good performances and plenty of action packed into its few minutes. As always, Charles Middleton makes a thoroughly despicable villain. Robert Shayne is fine as the grim faced hero; Nina Foch has a tiny role playing the pretty rancher's daughter who catches his eye.
Often overlooked or neglected today, the one and two-reel short subjects were useful to the Studios as important training grounds for new or burgeoning talents, both in front & behind the camera. The dynamics for creating a successful short subject was completely different from that of a feature length film, something akin to writing a topnotch short story rather than a novel. Economical to produce in terms of both budget & schedule and capable of portraying a wide range of material, short subjects were the perfect complement to the Studios' feature films.
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