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Westward Bound (1944)

Passed  -  Western  -  17 January 1944 (USA)
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Learning that Montana is about to become a state and that property values will rise rapidly, Caldwell is using his outlaw gang to force the ranchers off their land. To fight back Tuttle ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ken Maynard ...
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Betty Miles ...
Enid Barrett
John Bridges ...
Ira Phillips
Harry Woods ...
Roger Caldwell
Karl Hackett ...
Henry Wagner - Tax Collector
Weldon Heyburn ...
Albert Lane
Hal Price ...
Rancher Tuttle
Roy Brent ...
Will
Frank Ellis ...
Henchman Judd
Curley Dresden ...
Henchman Monte
Al Ferguson ...
Henchman Curley
Charles Murray Jr. ...
Henchman Chip
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Henchman Wade
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Learning that Montana is about to become a state and that property values will rise rapidly, Caldwell is using his outlaw gang to force the ranchers off their land. To fight back Tuttle sends for the Trail Blazers and unaware of Maynard's identity, Caldwell appoints him Marshal. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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MIGHTIEST STAR COWBOY TRIO OF ALL! (original poster-all caps) See more »

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Western

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17 January 1944 (USA)  »

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Atsalenioi ekdikitai  »

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In the climactic fight, Hoot Gibson throws lit sticks of dynamite at the fleeing bad guys. The resulting explosions occur several feet from where the sticks actually land, and when the dust clears, you can see the "dynamite" sticks he threw still lying on the ground. See more »

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better than average
15 March 2009 | by (illinois) – See all my reviews

By the 1940's the format for the 3 pals western was pretty well set, and here we have the Trailblazers. The budget values are pretty apparent, especially some stock footage of Steele at the beginning riding down a dirt road past telephone poles. The actors don't even bother with stage names.

The action is good. Battlin' Bob and Maynard each go more than a few rounds. Even Hoot Gibson does a little fighting. The shtick with him throwing lit dynamite at the villains reminds me a lot of Walter Brennan's turn in Rio Bravo. Both Hoot and Walter were getting up there in years, cackling away and neither very flexible anymore.

At 50 minutes in length, this was intended for Saturday afternoon matinée filler. It interests me how much these B westerns presage TV drama. The target audience has a short attention span, and are shocked into alertness every five minutes with some kind of a racket - shooting, galloping, fighting, whatever. These films create a mood. The plot and acting are incidental. While this one is a lot like all the rest, I think it's better than average as a mindless Saturday afternoon trip down memory lane.


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