Convicted killer Jim Holden is rescued from the sheriff by his gang, led by Mason and Riley. He is out to get the Hathaway Stage superintendent George Bannister, who was responsible for his...
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Convicted killer Jim Holden is rescued from the sheriff by his gang, led by Mason and Riley. He is out to get the Hathaway Stage superintendent George Bannister, who was responsible for his conviction and learns the Bannister, his niece (Kay) and Hal Hathaway, son of the stage line owner, are on a cross-country stage. Johnny, a rancher, and Waco, local stage representative head for the stage to warn the passengers, including entertainer Paradise Flo and coffin salesman Pennypacker. Hal takes the stage into Holdin. Johnny and Waco rescue Hal and Bannister before the gang succeeds in hanging the pair. By a ruse, Johnny, Waco and Hal split up and capture the entire gang. Written by
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A couple of oddities about "Trailing Danger", another of the Johnny Mack Brown/Raymond Hatton westerns. Firstly Brown doesn't use a surname. Up to this point he always had a surname, albeit not his own. Secondly, the movie opens seemingly in the middle of the story. Rancher "Johnny" rides into town and discusses with stage superintendent George Bannister (Steve Darrell) ways of foiling robberies being carried out by a gang of outlaws headed by Jim Holden (Marshall Reed). I guess in order to save money, Monogram chose to eliminate showing the back story.
Any way Holden is captured in a trap set by Bannister and is sentenced to hang. His gang which includes Eddie Parker and Bud Osborne break him out of jail. Instead of running for it Holden chooses to pursue Bannister to exact his revenge. Banniater is travelling by stage along with the brash young Hall Hathaway (Patrick Desmond), the son of the stage line owner, Paradise Flo (Bonnie Jean Hartley, Bannister's niece Kay (Peggy Wynne) and coffin maker Pennypacker (Ernie Adams). Johnny and Waco (Hatton) pursue the coach in order to warn Bannister.
Bannister and Hathaway managed to get captured by Holden who promises to hang the pair. Johnny and Waco attempt to free the men. Hathaway suddenly finds his back bone and assists the pair. Several gun battles ensue and Holden is brought to justice.
This film is like most in the series is full of "blazing action". Plenty of shoot outs and a well staged knock down drag out fight between Brown and Reed and their doubles. There really isn't a heroine although a romance appears to develop between Hathaway and Bannister's niece Kay (Peggy Wynne).
Veteran sagebrusher Cactus Mack appears as the stage driver and I Stanford Jolley as Murphy, the inside man.. And watch for the sequence where Brown and Hatton are riding across the hills where their holsters are reversed from right to left.
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