Imprisoned for a murder he did not commit, John Brant escapes and ends up out west where, after giving the local lawmen the slip, he joins up with an outlaw gang. Brant finds out that '...
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Imprisoned for a murder he did not commit, John Brant escapes and ends up out west where, after giving the local lawmen the slip, he joins up with an outlaw gang. Brant finds out that 'Jones', one of the outlaws he has become friends with, committed the murder that Brant was sent up for, but has no knowledge that anyone was ever put in jail for his crime. Willing to forgive and forget, Brant doesn't realize that 'Jones' has not only fallen for the same pretty shopgirl Brant has, but begins to suspect that Brant is not truly an outlaw.Written by
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The earliest documented telecasts of this film occurred in Detroit Saturday 12 February 1949 on WXYZ (Channel 7), in Syracuse Sunday 15 May 1949 on WHEN (Channel 8), in Los Angeles Sunday 17 July 1949 on KTSL (Channel 2) and Saturday 18 March 1950 on KECA (Channel 7), in Albuquerque Tuesday 22 November 1949 on KOB (Channel 4) and in New York City Monday 3 July 1950 on WOR (Channel 9). See more »
Multiple "modern" utility and power poles seen throughout the gunfight and chases at or around the mine towards the end.. See more »
[after eluding the sheriff by swimming underwater, John emerges on the far side of the lake at the feet of a tall gunslinger]
Well, I guess you got me.
Come on out, stranger. I ain't the law. You're a pretty smart hombre and you got plenty of nerve. It strikes me that the boss could use somebody like you. What's your name?
[John glares at him]
Smith, ain't it. That's the handle most of you fast travelers use. Aw, it's as good a name as any. Mine's Jones!
[they shake hands]
Say, you're ...
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A classic of its kind, great stunts, riding; great scenery, sets
Some reviewer earlier made disparaging comments about the fighting.
Obviously this 1933 movie came along before Yakima Canutt and John Wayne created the style of cinema fighting that is now standard.
Yak was the ultimate stunt man. His "gags" (as they called them) are still the measure. He is the stunt double in much of "Sagebrush Trail," a fact unfortunately obvious if you watch as I did, on a computer monitor.
He is also the head of the gang of bad guys.
John Wayne started as a prop man, according to legend, and did some stunt work to please John Ford. "Duke, show 'em up," is the line credited to Ford during a naval film in which cast members feared the choppy seas they were supposed to be immersed in.
John Wayne did "show 'em up" and jumped in.
He gets to swim in this one too, in a scene that was praised by Jon Tuska in his PBS series, "They Went Thataway." "Sagebrush Trail" has all the elements expected and more, such as the scene mentioned above.
Hank Bell has another uncredited role, and his presence always adds authenticity to any Western.
Lane Chandler has a good role, and he co-stars with John Wayne in another stagecoach-related film, "Winds of the Wasteland."
I have only two complaints: The sound is not very good; much of the gunfire sounds as if it came from a mine shaft. The final scene was completely inappropriate, considering what came before.
Otherwise, this is great. My copy is another in the Great American Western Series by Echo Bridge Entertainment. It comes in a two-disk set.
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