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Bar-Z Bad Men (1937)

Passed | | Romance, Western | 22 April 1937 (USA)
Jim Waters arrives at Ed Parks' ranch to find Parks' cattle herd mysteriously increased. Hamp Harvey has been losing cattle and he suspects Parks. But the culprit is Harvey's foreman Brent ... See full summary »

Director:

Sam Newfield

Writers:

James P. Olsen (original story), George H. Plympton (adaptation)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Johnny Mack Brown ... Jim Waters
Lois January ... Beth Harvey
Tom London ... Sig Bostell
Frank LaRue ... Hamp Harvey (as Frank La Rue)
Ernie Adams ... Pete - Henchman
Dick Curtis ... Henchman Brent
Milburn Morante ... Sherlock - Arizona Deputy (as Milt Morante)
Jack Rockwell ... Ed Parks
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Jim Waters arrives at Ed Parks' ranch to find Parks' cattle herd mysteriously increased. Hamp Harvey has been losing cattle and he suspects Parks. But the culprit is Harvey's foreman Brent who gets his orders from the town's leading citizen Sig Barstell. Barstell wants Harvey's ranch and after trying to frame Harvey by killing Parks, Waters takes over and goes after both the killer and the rustlers. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Romance | Western

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 1937 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Filmed in 1936, not released until 1937. See more »

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Far from brilliant and a bit predictable but still pretty good.
10 December 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Republic Pictures was famous for making the Gene Autry and Roy Rogers films. However, singing cowboy B-movies were not the only films they made and Johnny Mack Brown's westerns were a bit different--with no singing and a bit more grit.

The show begins with Brown behaving like a complete butt-head. He's shooting up the town for laughs and has way overstayed his welcome. So, after being banished, he heads to the Bar-Z ranch, as he's bought into a partnership with the owner. But, when he arrives, he learns that something serious is amiss. Men are shooting at his new partner and accusing him of cattle rustling! It turns out someone is stealing cattle and putting them on the Bar-Z in order to start a range war!! Can the now less butt-headed Brown find an answer to this mystery and still get the girl by the end of the film? What do you think?! Apart from the odd start of the film that had Brown uncharacteristically playing a jerk, the film is pretty typical of a B-western of the period minus the songs. Enjoyable and competent--the story is an interesting twist on the old cattle rustling theme!


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