Canutt Double Feature: Bad Men's Money/Branded a Bandit [DVD]

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Overview

Synopsis

Bad Men's Money
Directed and written by veteran action specialist J.P. McGowan, this minor Western featured stuntman Yakima Canutt as a cowboy saving a pretty ranch owner (Peggy Montgomery) from a gang of cattle rustlers. Canutt, who had starred in several B-Western series in the late '20s, found his career waning after the changeover to sound and would increasingly concentrate on stunt work. One of three Canutt Westerns released in 1929 by poverty row company Bell Prod., Bad Men's Money featured a veteran cast that also included Lafe McKee, as the heroine's father, John Lowell Russell, Cliff Lyons, Charles "Slim" Whitaker, Bud Osborne and director McGowan himself. The Peggy Montgomery appearing in this and other Westerns at the time was not related, as has previously been asserted, to child star Baby Peggy Montgomery. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi

Branded a Bandit
Falsely accused of murdering a prospector and on the lam from the law, rancher Jess Dean (Yakima Canutt) not only tracks down the real culprit (shifty-eyed Wilbur McGaugh) but earns the love and respect of his enemy's daughter (Aly Murrell). Directed by prolific western performer Paul Hurst, this independently produced silent western was one of the earliest starring vehicles for legendary stunt-coordinator Yakima Canutt. Cannutt's career as a leading man didn't survive the changeover to sound, but his stunt work made a lasting impression on the film industry and earned him a special Academy Award in 1966 "for creating the profession of stunt man as it exists today." ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi

Cast & Crew

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    Peggy Montgomery
  • Bud Osborne
    Bud Osborne
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    Charles E. Whittaker
  • Yakima Canutt
    Yakima Canutt
  • J.P. McGowan
    J.P. McGowan

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