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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 »

Director:

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 »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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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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| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

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

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Served it purpose.
10 August 2018 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

This is a classic Saturday Matinee western with all the trappings of the era. Heroic cowboy, funny side-kick, henchmen, pretty girl and fist-a-cuffs galore- a typical good time in the local theater on Saturday afternoon.

The film was produced by PRC Pictures a famous 'skid-row' company that produced over 300 films in its short lifetime. And in this concept it made about sixteen films with Buster Crabbe and Al Fuzzy St John keeping the west safe- all over a three year period. That is some rushed production schedule.

There's really not much to this story that has not already been played out in many westerns. Crabbe, playing the white hat cowboy Billy Carson, is hired by a man to inspect the land where a new railroad would be built. But before Carson can get to the area, some thugs have killed the man and is now trying to buy up all the property before the railroad. Carson has to get evidence that the thugs are the one that killed the man and put a stop to their property take-over.

There is nothing really remarkable about the film as it played out as expected. Crabbe, who had already played cowboy star in the Billy-the-Kid serials, seemed a bit rough in this production. His acting was quite stiff and rehearsed in nearly every scene. But Crabbe, as always, was excellent in the fight scenes. Fuzzy St.John was his usual self by being the comic relief to every situation [laying it up for all its worth. And even if you did not like the story you have to agree that St.John was doing his best in a way that only he can perform.

Even with the less than desirable story-line, the film fulfilled its desired responsibility. It was cheaply made, provided some entertainment and ended with desired results. And yes, Crabbe's white hat never hit the ground in the ending fight scene. For a 'B' western that about all you can ask


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