- SKU: 20425831
- Release Date: 05/29/2012
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Diminutive cowboy star Bob Steele took to the air in this his second-to-last Western for Poverty Row company Sono Art-World Wide. A returning World War I flying ace, Ted "Gat" Garner joins his old friend, Si Halter (George "Gabby" Hayes), on a trip to the desert. They stumble over the skeletal remains of Cyrus Hellner and a note that begs the finder to care for Hellner's niece, June Collins. The girl (Nancy Drexel) arrives in a bi-plane that is shot down by highwayman Kincaid (Harry Semels) and his cohorts, Blake (Francis McDonald) and Burns (Dick Dickinson). The villains are chased away by Gat and Si, the latter pretending to be June's uncle to spare her more grief. Along with the sheriff (William Dyer), Gat and Si concoct a scheme to lure Kincaid out into the open. The villain, who not only murdered Cyrus Hellner but also stole Gat's prize horse, doesn't fall for the trick but is eventually betrayed by his henchman, Burns. After an exciting chase, Gat can finally apprehend the evil Kincaid, much to the relief of June with whom he has fallen in love. Texas Buddies was the last of five Westerns to team Steele with blond Nancy Drexel, an ingénue dating back to the silent era when she had acted under the name Dorothy Kitchen. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi
The Gallant Fool
A good idea never really gets off the ground in this circus melodrama/western starring Bob Steele. The bantamweight cowboy plays Kit Denton, whose father, Charles (George Hayes), the owner of a traveling circus, is forced to admit that he is unwanted in the western town of Big Ben. As Charles explains, he has been on the run for 18 years after being falsely accused of a murder he didn't commit. To elude the law in general and Big Ben politico Chris McDonald (John Elliott) in particular, Charles must wear his clown makeup at all times. McDonald, however, takes umbrage to any circus visiting his town, especially since his wife, Martha (Vane Calvert), ran off to join one 18 years earlier. Is Kit actually Martha's son and will the Flying Dantons get through their act without interference from McDonald and his lackeys? Like most of Bob Steele's early talkie western melodramas, The Gallant Fool was directed by his real-life father, Robert North Bradbury. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi
Cast & Crew
- Bob Steele - Ted "Gat" Garner
- Francis McDonald - Blake
- Harry Semels - Kin Kincaid
- George "Gabby" Hayes - Si Haller
- William J. Dyer - sheriff