Cowboy Buck Crosby is a big blowhard and a liar. His supposedly great race car driving and flying feats gets him invited to co-star with Marjorie Lane in a Western. He survives the auto ...
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Cowboy Buck Crosby is a big blowhard and a liar. His supposedly great race car driving and flying feats gets him invited to co-star with Marjorie Lane in a Western. He survives the auto racing scene but is exposed as a hoax when he tries to fly an airplane. Leaving in shame, he gets a chance to redeem himself when outlaws kidnap Marjorie.Written by
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One of over 100 Columbia features, mostly Westerns, sold to Hygo Television Films in the 1950s, which marketed them under the name of Gail Pictures; opening credits were redesigned, with some titles misspelled, the credit order of the players rearranged, some names misspelled, and new end titles attached, thus eliminating any evidence of their Columbia roots. Apparently, the original material was not retained in most of the cases, and the films have survived, even in the Sony library, only with these haphazardly created replacement opening and end credits. See more »
I was unfamiliar with Buck's movies until I saw this on TCM this morning. All I had known before was that he had been a popular cowboy star who died in a famous fire at the Coconut Grove. This tale about a blow-hard who winds up capturing the heart of a movie starlet and gets whisked to Hollywood is little more than a live-action cartoon. But, I've always enjoyed good cartoons and this one is easy to take.
Here he has to make good on all the things he said he could do. The bits with him trying to fake being experienced at race car driving and flying are amusing. Jones' affable charm move the events along. The direction is rather primitive, using reaction-shot techniques from the silent era. But, that's also part of the fun. I glad I spent an hour with The Thrill Hunter this morning. I enjoyed his company.
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