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The Bronze Buckaroo (1939)

Bob Blake and his boys arrive at Joe Jackson's ranch to find him missing. While Slim cheats Dusty out of his money using ventriloquism and marked cards, Blake tries to find Jackson. ... See full summary »


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Richard C. Kahn, Richard C. Kahn (screenplay) (as Richard Kahn)

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Complete credited cast:
Herb Jeffries ... Bob Blake (as Herbert Jeffrey)
Lucius Brooks Lucius Brooks ... Dusty
Artie Young Artie Young ... Betty Jackson
F.E. Miller F.E. Miller ... Slim Perkins
Spencer Williams Spencer Williams ... Pete (as Spencer Williams Jr.)
Clarence Brooks Clarence Brooks ... Buck Thorne
Lee Calmes Lee Calmes ... Lee
Earle Morris Earle Morris ... Bartender (as Earl J. Morris)
The Four Tones The Four Tones ... Singing Quartet


Bob Blake and his boys arrive at Joe Jackson's ranch to find him missing. While Slim cheats Dusty out of his money using ventriloquism and marked cards, Blake tries to find Jackson. Learning that Thorne and his gang hold him prisoner, he and his men trail them. When Thorne's gang gets the drop on them, Slim puts his ventriloquism to work. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Release Date:

1 January 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Vaqueiro de Bronze See more »

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1.37 : 1
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This movie and the lead actor Herb Jeffries is mentioned in an episode of Oz by the character Omar White. See more »


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Fair Western
5 December 2016 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Bronze Buckaroo (1939)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Bob Blake (Herb Jeffries) and his gang show up at their friends ranch and learn that he is missing. The man's sister gives them a few clues so they head out to try and locate their friend and before long they realize that the crooked Pete (Spencer Williams) had something to do with it.

THE BRONZE BUCKAROO will be of main interest to fans of the early "race" movies that were popular among black crowds back in the day. These movies were made to show in black theaters where directors and producers felt they could reach a select audience. These films were usually copies of something more popular and made with very small budgets.

This film here is a pretty standard Western as the story itself had been seen dozens if not hundreds of times already. Of course, a piece of property is behind everything going on and the film basically takes us through the numbers as we get a few bar fights, some horse races and of course an eventual showdown between the hero and villain.

The main draw here is getting to see Williams play a bad guy and for the most part he's good. I thought Jeffries was good in the lead role as well. At just under a hour this is a decent watch but just don't expect anything too ground-breaking.

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