Peter, a naive ranch-hand, courts Dorothy Warren, daughter of the ranch's owner. Mr. Warren finds out, gives Peter a whipping, and throws him off the ranch. A defiant Dorothy follows after ... See full summary »
Peter, a naive ranch-hand, courts Dorothy Warren, daughter of the ranch's owner. Mr. Warren finds out, gives Peter a whipping, and throws him off the ranch. A defiant Dorothy follows after Peter. Two of Warren's henchmen soon catch up with the lovers and haul them back to the ranch. Peter gets a second whipping and to spare him from more lashes, Dorothy agrees to marry Johnny, a nearby rancher who controls the water flowing into Warren's land. Peter is once more driven from the ranch and he spends a year away from it, learning how to use a gun. When he returns, he finds Dorothy has not married Johnny but is now working in a brothel. Peter confronts Warren and then Johnny as he tries to win Dorothy back. Written by
dinky-4 of Minneapolis
Perhaps some inadvertent editing has occurred but the plot of this made-in-Spain western seems needlessly muddled and there appear to be occasional gaps in the story. One would like to know more, for example, about the relationship between Peter and Dorothy before the movie starts. Were they childhood sweethearts? Did Peter grow up on the ranch? And what are the facts about Peter's murdered father? There's also confusion about Dorothy going to work in a brothel. Didn't her parents object? Didn't Johnny, her other suitor, object? And why does Dorothy return to Johnny, if only temporarily, in the final reel? That is Dorothy in those scenes, isn't it? On the other hand, logical plot progression was rarely a hallmark of these "spaghetti westerns" and they usually made up for weakness in this area by offering compensating benefits. "Manos Torpes" (a.k.a. "Clumsy Hands" or "Awkward Hands") has energy and drive as well as an appealing lead performance by Peter Lee Lawrence who, alas, died tragically young. Trivia buffs will note that in "Manos Torpes" he becomes one of the few actors who's flogged twice in the same movie. What's more, he's flogged by the same man using the same whip. Then he returns to flog the man who whipped him, again using the same whip. Talk about poetic justice!
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