In the second of this series of "Streamliner" westerns from Hal Roach (preceded by "Dudes Are Pretty People" and followed by "Prairie Chickens"), wandering cowboys Pidge Crosby (Noah Beery ... See full summary »
In the second of this series of "Streamliner" westerns from Hal Roach (preceded by "Dudes Are Pretty People" and followed by "Prairie Chickens"), wandering cowboys Pidge Crosby (Noah Beery Jr.) and Jimmy (Jimmy Rogers) take a job breaking horses for Tom Pendergrast (William Henry) at the railroad corral, and the horses stampede through town when Pidge,preoccupied as usual with chasing a girl, leaves the door open on the opposite side of the railroad car Jimmy is driving the horses into. When Pidge learns that the girl, Doris Lane (Mary Brian), he is chasing has a do-gooder heart and is fond of coddling prisoners in the jail ran by her uncle, Sheriff George Lane (William B. Davidson), he gets himself thrown into jail. The plan is working good until big-city gangster Sluggsy Baker (Marc Lawrence) is also jailed, and sends for his moll Gert (Iris Adrian), who he calls "Ma", to bring his henchmen and break him out. They also take along the unwilling Pidge. The horse stampede through town,... Written by
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This is one of the 3 feature screen liner series that feature Jimmy Rogers and Noah Beery Jnr and directed by Hal Roach Jnr.The main features of all 3 being that they are only 5 reels long and are painfully unfunny.This was really an attempt by Hal Roach to combat the effect of the double feature,so that exhibitors could for example show 2 screen liners claim that this was a double feature programme and therefore get in maybe two or three shows more per day.However since his studio ceased production when he was enlisted in 1942 this theory was never strongly put to the test.It has to be said that the material is very thin and there are virtually no laughs to be had.So that at even 45 minutes or so it drags along.Roach made a big mistake in letting go of Laurel & Hardy and it was all downhill from there on in.
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