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Marked Trails (1944)

Following completion of the "Trail Blazers" series, Bob Steele and Hoot Gibson were paired in three other Monogram westerns, with the only connection to the "Trail Blazers" series being ... See full summary »


John P. McCarthy (as J.P. McCarthy)


John P. McCarthy (original story and screenplay) (as J.P. McCarthy), Victor Hammond (screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Hoot Gibson ... Hoot Parkford
Bob Steele ... Bob Stevens - posing as Cheyenne
Veda Ann Borg ... Blanche - aka Mary Conway, aka Susanna
Ralph Lewis Ralph Lewis ... Jed
Mauritz Hugo ... Jim Slade
Charles Stevens ... Denver - Henchman
Bud Osborne ... Sheriff Jim
Lynton Brent ... Tex - Henchman
George Morrell ... Whippletree - Liveryman
Allen D. Sewall Allen D. Sewall ... Hank Bradley (as Allen B. Sewall)


Following completion of the "Trail Blazers" series, Bob Steele and Hoot Gibson were paired in three other Monogram westerns, with the only connection to the "Trail Blazers" series being Steele and Gibson in the cast and production and distribution by Monogram, with various Monogram people serving as production supervisors i.e., William Strobach on this entry and Victor Hammond on the other two. This one finds Jack Slade (Mauritz Hugo) and Mary Conway,alias Blanche (Veda Ann Borg), being recognized as known and wanted crooks by deputy marshal Harry Stevens (Steve Clark) and, when he orders them out of town, Slade kills him. His son, Bob Stevens (Bob Steele) and friend Parkford (Hoot Gibson) become U.S. Marshals and proceed to rid the town of the cut-throat gang that has been terrorizing the citizens. Bob goes undercover as an outlaw and works his way into the gang, while Hoot poses as a Dude who goes about making fiery speeches on behalf of law and order. The Gibson role here is ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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THIS 'DUDE' IS DYNAMITE...Don't Let The Clothes And Hat Fool You...He's Tough And Ready For Anything! See more »


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This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Cincinnati Tuesday 13 December 1949 on WKRC (Channel 11). See more »


Followed by The Utah Kid (1944) See more »

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Monogram out-did itself with the excellent script, directing, and cast
11 May 2018 | by morrisonhimselfSee all my reviews

Director J.P. McCarthy gave us some unusual moving-camera angles, including from atop a stagecoach, and he gave us quite a moving script, with co-writer Victor Hammond. Cinematography was by Harry Neumann.

While the story might be considered well within the B Western tradition, still it provides twists and turns in the plot, and some unusual moments of emotion, and many memorable characters, played by some of the best Western performers.

Two of the best and busiest B Western stars -- and they really were both stars -- Bob Steele and Hoot Gibson -- led the array, but they were joined by the lovely and talented Veda Ann Borg, whom I had never before seen in a Western.

According to her IMDb bio, she had been seriously injured in an auto accident and had to undergo large-scale facial reconstruction. Her surgeon was an artist. She was beautiful.

"Marked Trails" came along after her surgery, and watching her in this makes one think she should have had many more and bigger roles.

Her last scene was quite striking, as well as quite a fascinating departure for a B Western, a mature and intriguing moment.

Perhaps there have been many Westerns with more violent action, but there was enough here, including fight scenes with the athletic Steele -- who always makes me think he could have been a successful pro boxer -- to keep even us Western addicts happy.

"Marked Trails" is available in a not-very-good print at bnwmovies.com and I highly recommend it.

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29 July 1944 (USA) See more »

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Paragens See more »

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Monogram Pictures See more »
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