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Pack of Mules

Author: nammage from United States
3 February 2017

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Low grade B Western starring Tim Holt. It's a simple paint-by-numbers western where bad guys want treasure that is going to relief after an earthquake hits Mexico. They get caught by two good doers gunfight ensues, leader of the bad guys gets caught by Holt's character, other bad guy takes over while the leader sits in jail from being recognized by Holt's partner from a hold up earlier in the film. Holt and the leader have a 10 minute fight which is about the usual length in westerns from the era.

There's usually some added (and unnecessary) romance in films like this but not actually presented up front. More in the background, and is actually almost non-existent. There's a singer helping the bad guys, and the leader of the relief is female and while it's alluded to on both sides it's mainly just all business and rests primarily on escorting the mule train to Mexico's border.

There is some minor suspense in the vein that the leader of the mule train doesn't readily believe her saviors especially when they rush off to save a "damsel in distress" and then the mule train is robbed of their treasure. Literal treasure. Diamonds, jewels, gold, etc., I found that weird for relief but what do I know?

Overall it was an average B Western. The acting was okay, the fight scene looked fake, and sped up in parts as if a comedy of sort (but wasn't) and the story was cliché. Like the other reviewer in it being different toward most westerns about people giving relief after a tragedy, that's true. Also, the opening sequences actually looked like real footage from such a tragedy. If they did the rest of the film in that vein, I thought it would have been better.

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Disaster Relief

6/10
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York
26 January 2017

This Tim Holt western has a different background than a lot of westerns as the subject is disaster relief. Inez Cooper who is a leading citizen and a wealthy one in Mexico has pledged her jewelry collection which is considerable and she's raised a lot more for the relief of her country's citizens left destitute after an earthquake. Tim Holt and Richard Martin rescue her from a robbery attempt by John Doucette and his gang of outlaws.

But House Peters, Jr. and saloon girl Jane Nigh also are interested and Peters is a ruthless con artist. They have one uneasy alliance with Doucette. Something that Tim and Chito can exploit.

Nigh is one woman Chito can't charm and Cooper is a bit out of his league.

Enough gunplay and a fast moving story for any B western fan.

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