Racketeer Round-up (1934)

Approved | | Western | 16 June 1934 (USA)
Deacon Merrill (Ned Norton), a reformed bank robber, owns a dude ranch in Arizona. He was left in charge of the loot from a robbery in which the rest of the gang was caught and jailed. Two ... See full summary »


Jerry Callahan, Robert J. Horner (as Robert Hoyt)


J.S. Burrows (story), Martin Eldridge (screenplay)




Cast overview:
Black King Black King ... King
Edmund Cobb ... Steve Madison (as Edmond Cobb)
Edna Aslin Edna Aslin ... June Merrill (as Edna Aselin)
Francis Walker ... Frank (as Frank Walker)
Edward Biby ... Slim Griffith (as Edward Allen Biby)
Eddie Davis Eddie Davis ... Jimmy 'Gabby' Boggs
Ned Norton Ned Norton ... Deacon Merrill (as Edward Norton)
Lois Glaze Lois Glaze ... Trixie
Felix Valle Felix Valle ... Charlie
Jack Cheatham ... Butch (as Jack Cheathem)
Ruth Runnell Ruth Runnell ... Ranch Guest


Deacon Merrill (Ned Norton), a reformed bank robber, owns a dude ranch in Arizona. He was left in charge of the loot from a robbery in which the rest of the gang was caught and jailed. Two members of the old gang, Slim Griffith (Edward Biby) and Jimmy 'Gabby' Boggs (Eddie Davis), show up to claim the money. Slim kills Merrill and the blame is placed on ranch foreman Steve Madison (Edmund Cobb), fiancee of Merrill's daughter June (Edna Aslin). Gang leader Butch (Jack Cheatham) and his moll, Trixie (Lois Glaze), also show up as ranch guests. Slim kidnaps June and heads for the border, followed by Steve on "Black King", (the Horse With the Human Brain), followed by a posse after him. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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BLACK KING - The Horse With the Human Brain (original print ad)




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Re-titled Gunners or Guns, this film's earliest documented telecasts took place in Detroit Tuesday 26 July 1949 on WXYZ (Channel 7), in Philadelphia Tuesday 8 November 1949 on WFIL (Channel 6), and in Cincinnati Sunday 18 December 1949 on WKRC (Channel 11). See more »

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How to worsen a Robert J. Horner film, or The Miracle of Gower Gulch.
4 January 2002 | by horn-5See all my reviews

There are two names in film history who could give Edward D. Wood Jr. lessons in bad-film making in spades, and have change left over; any film with the name of Victor Adamson(Denver Dixon) or Robert J. Horner as any combination of director-writer-producer, usually all three, is a film that is guaranteed to make anything Ed Wood has his name on look like Oscar material and eligible for any Top 100 best list. As possibly one of the few people in the world who has copies of and seen nearly every Horner-Adamson-Wood sound-era film (some of us are gluttons for punishment), I ask the Ed Wood johnny-come-lately cultists to check out Horner and Adamson before they start scoffing and crying over the thought that Angora Ed doesn't stand alone. Heck, he ain't even at the top of the 'bad' list. Some of my fellow "gluttons" aren't even certain he makes the top Five list, although I'd make Horner number one and let Adamson and Wood be tied for a (very) distant second and third position. I'm open to hearing conflicting arguments, but only if the cussing is limited to Tex-Mex words I can understand. Anyway, 1934's Racketeers Round-up serves to make my Horner point, but Beaumont Pictures' Mitchell Leichter managed to even top that by taking Horner's 50-minute original,and evidently hiring Jerry Callahan, Willian Tuers and Willian Austin to direct-film-edit seven additional minutes of footage built around "Black King, the Horse With the Human Brain" and tacking the results onto Horner's original work, and sending this virus-added plague back out into the unsuspecting world as "Gunners and Guns." With this one fell stroke, Leichter achieved "the greatness thrust upon them" attribute mentioned at the end of Preston Sturges great "The Miracle of Morgan Creek." He actually accomplished the impossible...he made a Horner work even worse than it was. Us gluttons stand in awe.

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