Horses are being rustled by outlaws known as the Hell Hounds. When the Sheriff is killed, his Deputy Yak takes over the search for the rustlers. John Lawson says Yak cannot marry his ... See full summary »
Horses are being rustled by outlaws known as the Hell Hounds. When the Sheriff is killed, his Deputy Yak takes over the search for the rustlers. John Lawson says Yak cannot marry his daughter until the murderer of the Sheriff is caught. But unknown to Lawson, the murderer is his own son. Written by
Maurice VanAuken <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Deputy Yak Hammond (Yakima Canutt) is trying to make his relationship with Esther Lawson (Neva Gerber) more serious but her father demands that he start a group known as the Hell Hounds from robbing the horses in town. The father says Yak can marry his daughter if he catches the bad guys but the father doesn't realize that the ringleader is his own son. HELL HOUNDS OF THE PLAINS is a decent "B" Western that manages to be entertaining even though it's technically poorly made. I say that because there are just so many scenes that are shot so poorly and really don't contain anything good looking. This includes several scenes early on where the story is told so poorly that one has a hard time following what exactly is going on. Even the editing is quite poor and there's certainly no good pacing to the film. With that said, the Western clichés are actually quite good and this includes some great stuff involving the horse thieves and even the relationship between Cannutt and Gerber was well handled. I really can't say either one gave what we'd call a "good" performance but they're good enough for this type of material. One certainly shouldn't come into this expecting the work of John Ford but silent Western buffs should find enough entertainment here to make it worth viewing once.
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