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Shadows of Death (1945)

Not Rated | | Western | 19 April 1945 (USA)
With the railroad coming to Red Rock, trouble is expected and Billy has been sent ot help his friend Fuzzy who is the town's Sheriff, Judge, and barber. When the man that sent Billy is ... See full summary »


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Fred Myton (screenplay), Fred Myton (story)


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Stars: Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, Molly O'Day, Al St. John


Complete credited cast:
Buster Crabbe ... Billy Carson
Al St. John ... Fuzzy Q. Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John)
Dona Dax Dona Dax ... Babs Darcy
Charles King ... Steve Landreau
Karl Hackett Karl Hackett ... Dave Hanley
Eddie Hall ... Clay Kincaid (as Edward Hall)
Frank Ellis Frank Ellis ... Henchman Frisco
John Cason ... Henchman Butch (as Bob Cason)


With the railroad coming to Red Rock, trouble is expected and Billy has been sent ot help his friend Fuzzy who is the town's Sheriff, Judge, and barber. When the man that sent Billy is murdered and the railroad location map stolen, broken match sticks point to Vic Landreau. While Billy tries to find the missing map, Landreau suspects Billy is on to him and plans to have him killed. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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19 April 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der König von Wildwest II. Teil: Der Texas-Sheriff See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Shot in 1944, not released until 1945. See more »

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Buster Crabbe in Westerns
14 June 2009 | by mkdaigle19See all my reviews

It is unfortunate the previous reviewer was surprised that Larry "Buster" Crabbe made westerns. Crabbe portrayed a variety of roles during his long career ranging from Tarzan (Tarzan the Fearless serial) to Flash Gordon (serials), from cowboy Billy Carson to a French Foreign Legionaire ("Captain Gallant of the Foreign Legion" TV series).

In 1940, Bob Steele was starring as PRC's 'Billy the Kid' (who, in these films, was a good guy wrongfully blamed for various misdeeds). But Steele received a better offer from Republic Pictures, where he would become one of the Three Mesquiteers.

To fill Steele's slot, PRC hired Buster Crabbe, and from 1941-1946, he would appear in three dozen western programmers, including the film reviewed here. The initial entries had Crabbe continuing the 'Billy the Kid' role, but his screen name was later changed to 'Billy Carson' (supposedly because of the negative connotation associated with 'Billy the Kid').

Crabbe's sidekick in all these range epics was Al 'Fuzzy' St. John, who had become entrenched as a cowboy saddle pal.

As with most westerns of the period, Crabbe's films were primarily shown at matinées in neighborhood theaters across the country with the largest part of the audience made up of children. This is why almost all the major cowboys had comic sidekicks. Character and plot development was largely absent. It was a non-discriminating audience that wanted action, a laugh or two, and for the good guy to beat the bad guy. The "B" western filled the bill.

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