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Gunsmoke Trail (1938)

Approved | | Western | 27 May 1938 (USA)
Learning of Walters' inheritance, Larson kills him and assumes his identity. When Larson's men try to kill Walter's niece Lola, Jack Lane breaks it up. This leads to a showdown with Jack ... See full summary »


Sam Newfield


Fred Myton, Robert Emmett Tansey (story) (as Robert Emmett)




Complete credited cast:
Jack Randall ... Jack Lane
Louise Stanley ... Nola Day
Al St. John ... Fuzzy (Tip in credits)
Henry Roquemore Henry Roquemore ... Moose Walters
Ted Adams ... Outlaw Leader Loma
John Merton ... Bill Larson, posing as Moose Walters
Harry Strang ... Henchman Stub
Jack Ingram ... Henchman Ed
Kit Guard ... Bartender Clem
Hal Price ... Attorney E. J. Scroggins
Al Bridge ... Sheriff chasing Loma (as Al Bridges)


Learning of Walters' inheritance, Larson kills him and assumes his identity. When Larson's men try to kill Walter's niece Lola, Jack Lane breaks it up. This leads to a showdown with Jack outnumbered by Larson and his gang. Having saved Loma's life earlier, he has Fuzzy ride for him and his men. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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inheritance | murder | See All (2) »










Release Date:

27 May 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pista de Fogo See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Conn Pictures Corporation See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Shot in four days. See more »


The story takes place in the oil lamp era of buckboards and unpaved streets, but the leading lady, Louise Stanley, determinedly appears in nothing but the latest, up to the minute 1938 hair and clothing styles, including a knee length skirt and high heeled shoes while riding a buckboard. See more »

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Here's one for all two of Sam Newfield's fans!
26 June 2010 | by JohnHowardReidSee all my reviews

To refresh my memory, I looked this one up in the TV Feature Film Source Book. And how does their Synopsis run? Two words: "Action western." I'm afraid this wasn't my impression. "Little action western" would be far more accurate. As for the story, let's see: Bill Larson impersonates Moose Walters so he can swindle heiress Nola Walters, but his plans are upset by do-good hero Jack Lane. How's that? Although he had appeared in westerns before this one, it's claimed that Gunsmoke Trail was St John's introduction as the hero's sidekick, as role he was to play in many, many "B" westerns of the 1940s, supporting the likes of George Houston, Bob Livingston and Buster Crabbe.

This is a typical Newfield Monogram, obviously shot in haste and on the cheap. Corners are cut all over the place, though for a while there it looks like we'll be treated to an invigorating series of optical wipes. Alas, no such luck. After two or three goes, the editor tires of the device and we go back to the usual dull cross-cutting.

Hero Randall fulfills his chores amiably enough. The producer couldn't afford fight doubles, so Randall and Merton clumsily engage in their own scrapping. Yes, there's just enough action to satisfy the fans, though the long-awaited climax doesn't really amount to all that much in the way of excitement. Best action segment occurs quite early in the piece using the well-worn gimmick of the heroine trapped on a runaway buckboard. Lots of effective running inserts here with the wagon mounted on a speeding camera-car.

St John struggles with weak material, Miss Stanley makes an attractive if colorless heroine, Merton is his usual stolidly charmless heavy.

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