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Fred Scott Double Feature: Knight of the Plains/Songs and Bullets [DVD]

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Synopsis

Songs and Bullets
The second of the Stan Laurel-financed Fred Scott-singing Westerns, Songs and Bullets features the riding baritone as Melody Smith, a roaming cowboy falsely accused of cattle rustling by the sheriff (Charles King). Melody, who quickly establishes his innocence, is in Dry Gulch searching for the killer of his uncle, the former sheriff. The new lawman, meanwhile, is in cahoots with Harry Skelton (Karl Hackett), the town czar, who uses the commotion caused by the arrival of a new schoolmarm, Mademoiselle Dumont (Alice Ardell), to engage in a bit of larceny. Like Melody himself, Mademoiselle is not quite who she claims to be, however, and Skelton's days of ruthless rule are soon over. In between detective work, Scott sings "Lonesome Cowboy," "Prairie Moon," "Pay Day," "Arkansas," and "My Ten-Gallon Hat," all by Johnny Lange and Lew Porter. The latter also appears in the film as Lew, the piano player. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi

Knight of the Plains
At the end of his long association with Hal Roach, comedian Stan Laurel produced three singing Westerns featuring operatic baritone Fred Scott. The second of the three, Knight of the Plains featured such songs as Paradise Valley (the film's working title), by Lew Porter and Harry Tobias, and When We Heard the Music Play Home Sweet Home, by Porter and L. Wolfe Gilbert, as well as the expected comedy routines of the redoubtable Al St. John. In between the songs and comedy, Scott portrayed rancher Fred "Melody" Brent, whose neighbors, the Rands, are in trouble with a gang of land grabbers out to acquire an old Spanish grant. After the usual sagebrush derring-do and a bit of romance with lovely Gale Rand (Marion Weldon, Scott and his sidekick Fuzzy (St. John) can deliver the bad Guys to Sheriff Steve Clark, happy with the knowledge that they have prevented a range war. Scott was to make thirteen singing Westerns for various low-budget producers, all of them released by Spectrum Pictures. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi

Cast & Crew

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    Fred Scott - Melody Hardy
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    Alice Ardell - Jeanette Du Mont
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    Karl Hackett - Skelton
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    Frank LaRue - Morgan
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    Budd Buster - Zeke
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