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Hidden Valley Outlaws (1944)

Approved | | Western | 2 April 1944 (USA)
Lawyer Leland is using land rights to kick the ranchers off their land. When Wild Bill and Gabby arrive to help the ranchers, he has actor Percel frame them for murder and then incites the townsmen to lynch them.

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Bill Elliott (as Wild Bill Elliott)
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Gilbert J. Leland
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Henchman Ben Bannon
Charles Miller ...
Daniel Clark
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Danny Clark
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Snowflake (as Fred Toones)
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Ned Murphy
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Sheriff McBride
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The Whistler - aka Canary
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Eddie Purcell
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Vigilante Tracy
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Gilbert Leland (Roy Barcroft), a crooked lawyer scheming to swindle the local ranchers out of their property, employs a henchman, known as The Whistler (LeRoy Mason), an unemotional killer who whistles while his guns are barking. He shoots rancher Daniel Clark (Charles Miller), and his son Danny (John James) hides in the hills and tries to pick off the killers.Leland sends for Wild Bill Elliott (Bill Elliott), a roving lawman. Bill and his sidekick Gabby ("George 'Gabby' Hayes') are completely taken in by Leland, and they capture Danny, who is killed in the ensuing fracas and, then, Leland's crooked sheriff blames it on Bill and Gabby. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A WHISTLING KILLER...Spreading terror and disaster...challenged by the one man in the west who would dare defy him...Wild Bill Elliott! See more »

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Western

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Approved
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2 April 1944 (USA)  »

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Bandidos do Vale  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Bannon: I never did like actors. My wife ran off with one. But I still don't like 'em.
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Oh! Susanna
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Written by Stephen Foster
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Disputed Land Claims
26 June 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

A really horrific example of Hollywood racism prevents Hidden Valley Outlaws from being a top Wild Bill Elliott western. Fred Toone was cast in this film using his 'Snowflake' character and sad to say he was integrally written into the plot. It's probably why this Elliott film is little seen today.

Because otherwise this was a pretty good western with a really crafty villain played by Roy Barcroft who is a bottom feeding shyster attorney in this film double crossing his clients.

Who are the honest ranchers in Hidden Valley and who are fighting claim jumping in the name of a 'Head Rights' disputed claim. This was an act to benefit veterans of the Civil War, presumably Union veterans who were given the rights to a quarter section of territory if unoccupied and unclaimed. These rights were bartered like money though and the claims weren't always on unoccupied land.

Which brings Wild Bill Elliott and sidekick Gabby Hayes into the picture. When Barcroft cons them by use of an itinerant actor Earle Hodgins in on his schemes that turns out to be a big mistake. You don't rile a peaceable man.

Hidden Valley Outlaws is for a B western an intricately plotted item. But it also involves using the Toone character who is a family retainer as part of Barcroft's schemes. The gullibility and slowittedness of the Snowflake persona is really quite degrading.

Still Hidden Valley Outlaws does have some originality going for it and it wouldn't rate as high as it does with me if it hadn't.


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