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Shadows of Death (1945)

Approved | | 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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Sam Newfield

Writers:

Fred Myton (screenplay), Fred Myton (story)
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Cast

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)
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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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Buster Trails the Killer...And Brings Him To Justice! See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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

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A pleasant way to spend an hour
7 July 2012 | by bigdave11243See all my reviews

First of all, it needs to be borne in mind that this is an unpretentious B-Western, not a big-budget "A" extravaganza. Some reviewers here seem to have measured this routine programmer against a more expensive set of standards. It is true that to today's audiences the comic sidekick, a staple in the B's, can seem contrived and unfunny, and Al "Fuzzy" St. John, whose career dates from the silent era, can seem especially out-dated and even bizarre -- that is, if one does not have a taste for slapstick antics and acrobatic-tinged mugging. But such was his appeal that he appeared in several hundred short silent films and sound features spanning three or four decades.

Olympic gold medalist (swimming) Buster Crabbe was likewise a versatile and reliable performer, whether as Tarzan, Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon, Captain Gallant (TV), cowboy hero, and supporting actor in some bigger-budgeted Westerns, and miscellaneous TV roles.

It is also true that the "series Western" could have some occasional duds, and could become repetitious as audiences or actors had had their fill of too much sameness. Of course, to the die-hard fan, such familiarity and dependability is part of the appeal of the B-Westerns. And that includes favorite heavies -- in this case Charles King, Bob Cason, and Frank Ellis -- and the formulaic fisticuffs and chases.

It also helps when there is an unexpected touch of humor or dialog. For just one example: hero Crabbe barges into the back room where baddie Charlie King is sitting at his desk. "I didn't hear you knock," says King dryly. Just as dryly, Crabbe calmly turns to the door he has just come through and raps on it a few times, and, totally unintimidated, again faces the scheming villain. Even some of Fuzzy's shenanigans Although sometimes Fuzzy's comic set-pieces seem to go on for too long, the humor extends to some of the bit players as well (watch for the oblivious checker players, the interpolation of the geezer in the bathtub, Fuzzy's whittling away at the customer's beard to create the likenesses of other famous historical figures. Everyone involves seem to be enjoying themselves, with the result that this entry in the "Billy Carson" series is a notch or two above what one might expect.

Okay, it's not TRUE GRIT and it's not SHANE, but it's still a pleasurable little bit of entertainment.


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