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Prairie Rustlers (1945)

Approved | | Western | 7 November 1945 (USA)
Billy Carson is accused of the crimes committed by his dead-ringer, outlaw cousin, Jim Slade, and barely escapes a lynching. With the aid of his pal, Fuzzy Jones, Billy catches up with his cousin and clears his own name.



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Complete credited cast:
Billy Carson / His Cousin Jim
Deputy Fuzzy Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John)
Helen Foster
Karl Hackett ...
Dan Foster
Henchman Matt (as Stanford Jolley)
Henchman Bart
Henchman Vic


Having been sent to prison by his look-alike cousin Billy Carson, Jim is back as the head of a gang of outlaws. When his man Matt gets the job of bossing Foster's trail drive, he goes after the herd. When Billy interferes, he has him captured and dressed in Billy's clothes, he wounds Foster and lets Foster's daughter Helen see him. Then he has Matt ride into town with Billy as his prisoner and Helen is there to identify him. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Buster Is Two Guys... and Fuzzy's In Double-Trouble Again!








Release Date:

7 November 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fuzzy lebt gefährlich  »

Box Office


$23,300 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The earliest documented telecast of this film in the New York City area was Monday 25 December 1950 on WABD (Channel 5). See more »

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"Any law against bein' a stranger in this town?"
23 February 2014 | by (Florida, New York) – See all my reviews

Buster Crabbe does double duty in this B Western flick, portraying his regular character of the series, Billy Carson, as well as outlaw cousin Jim Slade who's out of jail and heading up his old gang again. Crabbe also does something I haven't seen in one of his Westerns before, and that's showing off his physique in a couple of beefcake scenes where he switches clothes with his cousin. You know, when they showed Carson and Slade together in profile, their upper torsos didn't look the same, and that left me a little curious as to whether they used a stand-in for those scenes.

So with Al St. John around as sidekick Fuzzy Jones, you never know what to expect. The gimmick this time, besides his being sworn in as sheriff to replace the one killed by Slade's gang, has to do with a new fangled contraption Fuzzy wins in a raffle. I don't know how he did it, but Fuzzy wheels his way around the saloon on a bicycle without taking anyone out. It was entertaining enough where they brought him back a second time and he did some incredible stunts while riding backwards and on one wheel. I can only imagine what he would have been able to do on a skateboard today.

Sometimes in these character double pictures it tends to get confusing but this time around it's easy enough to keep Carson and his evil cousin in perspective. Maybe not so easy for the players though, as rancher Helen Foster (Evelyn Finley) thinks Carson really IS one of the bad guys. Not to worry, things get sorted out well enough by the time it's over. Besides the doppelganger for Crabbe, Kermit Maynard and I. Stanford Jolley are on hand as additional reliable villains, and you'll have to stick around for Fuzzy's clever ruse to promote Billy Carson to the new sheriff in town.

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