In 1868, Army scout Johnny Ware is courtmartialed for helping Indians against their white oppressors, but escapes and finds himself in the hamlet of Desert Center. There, he crosses paths with Christine Larson who is about to marry one of the crooked Indian agents...but not if Johnny can help it. The film lapses frequently into comedy, with an action climax as our hero tries to head off an incipient Indian war.Written by
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RKO obviously made this 78 minute film as the extra attraction for double features. This Western is better made than a lot of RKO's second B pictures.
James Craig and Lucy have some spark as a couple. The plot makes sense. There is even some humor. The script writers do pretty well.
There are some action moments between the humor and the romance. This is worth watching just because it is Lucy doing something different. This is still quite a few years before Lucy and Desi would buy the RKO studios in the 1950's and make it into a television juggernaut.
Lucy gets to stretch her comic acting here, long before her blossuming into a full fledged comedian. There are some silent folks like Billy Gilbert who appear in this one. This is 3 years prior to Lucy and Buster Keaton giving her comedy lessons at MGM in 1945. Still, you see the basis of her talent in this one.
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