Cornball for the kids!
30 October 2017
Warning: Spoilers
Buck Jones (Steve son), Muriel Evans (Rena Lowrey), Harvey Clark (Jim Lynch), Walter Miller (Jake Wagner), Lee Phelps (Peter Starr), Ted Adams (Slim), and Dickle Howard, Ezra Paulette, Matty Fain, Grace Goodall, Virginia Dabacy, and "Silver".

Director.. RAY TAYLOR. Screenplay: Frances Gulhaim. Based on a novel by Forrest Brown. Photography: Allen Thompson, John Hickson. Producer: Buck Jones.

Copyright 26 October 1937 by Universal Pictures Co., Inc. New York opening at the Central: December 1937. U.S. release: 14 November 1937. 59 minutes.

SYNOPSIS: Through forgery, land-grabbers pick up deemed estates.

COMMENT: Although produced by (and starring) Buck Jones, this western is not as highly inventive as some of his other pictures.

Nevetheless, this film does have some unusual features. For example, a church figures largely in the plot, whilst organ music is appropriately played over the climax. In addition, an occasionally fluid camera betrays a surprising degree of imaginative thinking from that usually stolid director, Ray Taylor. It is most certainly not at all characteristic. Doubtless this sort of liberation from the usual kiddies' matinée conventions, was inspired by producer/star Buck Jones.

Also much in evidence is the low-key photography that Jones seems to revel in and that is certainly part and parcel of his "style". This said, however, it must be stated that, on the whole, the direction of this film is still a bit below par.

All told, the acting is not particularly distinguished -- not even from Jones himself. And as for the story itself, it's strictly kiddies' matinée cornball.
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