A gang of swindlers led by Nord Finner (Charles King) take advantage of simple-minded Fuzzy Jones (Al St. John) by "advising" him through a "mysterious voice" which he believes is that of a...
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A gang of swindlers led by Nord Finner (Charles King) take advantage of simple-minded Fuzzy Jones (Al St. John) by "advising" him through a "mysterious voice" which he believes is that of a deceased Indian chief. Fuzzy persuades his fellow townsmen to join him in buying worthless property, but Billy Carson (Buster Crabbe) comes trotting onto the scene. Written by
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Though produced on a shoestring, this Buster Crabbe/Al St. John outing has some good lines with an interesting plot. I use the term low budget kindly. For example, if the viewer notices when the chases take place, the horsemen pass the same clump of trees four or five times. At the end of one of the chases, Henchman Joe Dayton (John Cason), is tied to one of the trees in the clump by Billy Carson (Buster Crabbe). So the wide open spaces were somewhat confined on the set used.
Fuzzy Q. Jones (St. John) this go around is a psychic, a swami with a crystal ball, who is told by an Indian spirit, Standing Pine, that a certain land claim has gold on it. Fuzzy asks the wraith, "Where are you standing, Pine?" and the fun begins. Seems the outlaws are in a room next door to Fuzzy's, speaking through a tube that connects to a speaker hole where the would-be swami is standing tall. Fuzzy's pal, Billy Carson rides into town. When Fuzzy tells him part of the story about the spirit, Carson goads him, " A spirit. Fuzz, you better keep that cork in the bottle. Those spirits are going to get you in trouble." He's right about that. The rest of the film involves Billy Carson, working with the sheriff, trying to round up the spirits and put them in jail before they swindle Fuzzy and his backers (most of the town) out of their hard earned money.
Fuzzy is always a joy to behold. A master of slapstick comedy from the silent film days, Fuzzy could take a pratfall with the best of them. I would vote him next to Gabby Hayes as one of the best cowboy sidekicks ever. Athletic Buster Crabbe was a fine action hero for many a movie. There are also some of the meanest bad guys in the B westerns to provide the cause for the chases and fisticuffs. There's action aplenty with some good stunt work as a bonus.
If you enjoy action-packed cowboy antics with no singing and lots of humor, you should like "Outlaws of the Plains."
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