"Candy" Johnson, a great crook of the Wild West, decides to find a town where he could become a big boss. To achieve this, he will need to conceal his true identity and not only pretend to be an honest man, but lead the struggle against the corrupt sheriff. No one in town realizes that the anti-corruption hero is just a greater crook himself. And there is only one person who is stronger than Johnson - a girl he is in love with.Written by
A Con Man with a Notorious Reputation with the Ladies
This film begins with two con men by the names of "Candy Johnson" (Clark Gable) and "The Sniper" (Chill Wills) fleeing from a town where they were about to be tarred and feathered and jumping on a passing train before finally arriving at the town of Yellow Creek, Nevada. While on the train Candy happens to meet a young woman named "Elizabeth Cotton" (Lana Turner) and takes an immediate interest in her. It's only later that he discovers that she is the daughter of a former colleague by the name of "Judge Cotton" (Frank Morgan) who would prefer that his past indiscretions not be revealed. At the same time, however, he is equally insistent that Elizabeth not become too acquainted with Candy because of his notorious reputation with the ladies. Unfortunately, as Candy manages to swindle his way into becoming more rich and powerful this proves to be even more difficult. Now rather than reveal any more I will just say that this was an okay film based primarily on the acting abilities of Clark Gable, Lana Turner and Claire Trevor (as "Gold Dust Nelson"). While it's not a great film by any means I suppose it's good enough for a rainy day and for that reason I have rated it accordingly. Average.
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