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West of Nevada (1936)

Passed | | Action, Comedy, Drama | 21 July 1936 (USA)
When a gang tries to rob Haldain, Jim and Walla Walla break it up. Haldain is carrying stuffed animals and Jim's suspicion that they are stuffed with gold is soon confirmed. The gang's boss... See full summary »


(as Robert Hill)


(screenplay) (as Rock Hawkey), (novel)




Complete credited cast:
... Jim Carden, posing as Jim Lloyd
... Helen Haldain
... Walla Walla Wiggins
... Milt Haldain
Georgia O'Dell ... Rose Gilbury
... Bald Eagle (as Dick Botilier)
... Henchman Slade Sangree
... Steven Cutting (Banker)


When a gang tries to rob Haldain, Jim and Walla Walla break it up. Haldain is carrying stuffed animals and Jim's suspicion that they are stuffed with gold is soon confirmed. The gang's boss is banker Cutting and he is after Haldain's gold. He also receives Jim's mail at his bank and changes one of Jim's letters to make it look like Jim is after the gold. His sends Haldain's daughter after her father thereby leading the gang to the secret gold field. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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21 July 1936 (USA)  »

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Sede de Ouro  »

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This film was first telecast on New York City's pioneer television station W2XBS 5 July 1940. Post WWII televiewers got their first look at it Friday 26 November 1948 on WATV (Channel 13). See more »


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Location, Location, Location
20 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

Perhaps one of the greatest examples of the use of Lone Pine, California's Alabama Hills as a location (hundreds of movies have been shot here), 'West of Nevada' offers little in the way of entertainment save that some interesting characters appear in it. But its historical significance as a testament to the attraction of the Alabama Hills as a filming location give it some prominence among B-Westerns.

Star Rex Bell (playing Jim Carden) is dispatched to determine what is going on with gold shipments from an Indian reservation. It seems that the local bank manager and his hired guns are after the gold despite the efforts of Steve Clark (as Milt Haldain) and his daughter – and Rex Bell's love interest - Joan Barclay (playing Helen). Jim Carden's investigations eventually break the case.

Al St. John (Walla Walla) gives a less-than-convincing portrayal as the sidekick to star Rex Bell (playing Jim Carden) and this is a bit surprising given St. John's long career as an actor. St. John appeared in 249 movies over a 40 year career. By the time 'West of Nevada' was made he had been in well over a hundred movies!

Particularly annoying is his inability to convey continuity in the simple task of convincing us of the heaviness of an item. At first he shows a great struggle with the item but within a few moments is handling it like the completely lightweight object it really is! So he flunks Acting 101 right at the outset of the movie.

Director Robert F. Hill made a hundred or so films bridging the silent and talking picture eras. None of them are particularly memorable. Co-star of 'West of Nevada' Joan Barclay certainly had the talent to fashion a more solid career (although she did appear in over 70 films). But a quote attributed to her speaks loudly about those that have the energy and drive to be great and those that like the rest of us just get by:

The one who was the nicest to me was Jimmy Cagney. He used to take me and sit me down in his dressing room at Warners and say, "Now, Geraine, you have an opportunity here that you seem not to realize. You should go take acting lessons, singing lessons, dancing lessons, and you could become a star." I said, "Well, yeah, Jimmy, thanks a lot, I'll do that." And of course it went in one ear and out the other, I didn't do one darn thing about it. I was just frivolous-minded, and as long as I was working and making money, I didn't mind just being a nobody. (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0054060/bio)

Bell, Clara Bow's long time husband, made a number of oaters (22) in the Twenties and Thirties but essentially retired from Hollywood by 1936. He then began a long career in ranching and Nevada politics. And Rex Bell becomes one of the other trivia associated with the great 1961 movie "The Misfits". It was his last film appearance.

Rating: Two Stars.

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