Ken Maynard Western Classics [5 Discs] [DVD]
- SKU: 18317726
- Release Date: 11/24/2009
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Rivalry between two towns for the honor of becoming county seat turns violent in this interesting Ken Maynard Western from low-budget Sono Art-World Wide. Although a notorious troublemaker, the Thunderbolt Kid (alias Ken Peters (Maynard)), is convinced to work on behalf of Coyote Gulch, a small community hoping to land the railroad franchise that will make it the county seat. Rival town Spotted Horse hires the notorious Matthews gang and soon it is all-out war between the communities. Ken, meanwhile, is conned by Matthews henchman One Shot Mallory (Bob Kortman) into attacking a stage supposedly carrying reinforcement. Unfortunately, the passenger, whom Ken publicly humiliates, is railroad president Charles Eaton (Wilfred Lucas). Much to the disgust of Red Matthews (William Gould) and his gang, Eaton awards the franchise to Coyote Gulch. After a climactic encounter between Red and Ken, Eaton persuades the latter to remain and witness the town prosper. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi
The Two Gun Man
Two Gun Man was one of the better entries in Ken Maynard's variable western series for Tiffany Productions. Armed with a brace of six-shooters, Maynard takes on a gang of cattle rustlers. For a while it looks as though he's one of the crooks himself, but Ken would never disillusion his millions of fans (not while the cameras were turning, anyway). It turns out that the thieves are themselves cattlemen, bound and determined to drive all competition out of the territory. Lucille Powers, Charles King and Lafe McKee fulfill their usual "B"-western roles as heroine, villain and grizzled comedy sidekick, respectively. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Ken Maynard searches for a wayward youngster in this average Western from his days with low-budget KBS Productions. A rancher turned miner, Ken promises lovely Helen Clark (Helen Mack) to be on the lookout for her rebellious brother Morton (Paul Fix), who has gone missing since heading west from Kansas City. Catching up with the youngster, Ken hires him to work on his mine and later assigns him to trade in their gold for cash. But after losing the earnings in a crooked poker game, Morton is blackmailed by nasty Sam Goss (Roy Stewart) into robbing the Fargo Express stagecoach. Ken attempts to cover for him but Morton is apprehended by the sheriff (William Desmond) and thrown in jail. Fearing that Morton will name him as an accomplice, Goss springs the young man from jail, intending to silence him after recovering the stolen money. Ken, meanwhile, convinces the sheriff that Morton was forced into a life of crime, and after a climactic fight, Goss is handed over to the posse. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi
Lightning Strikes West
Ken Maynard's western series for bottom-barrel Colony Pictures sputtered along with Lightning Strikes West. Former government agent Ken Morgan (Maynard) is pressed back into service when bank robber Taggart (Michael Wallon) escapes from jail. Morgan's principal nemesis is Taggart's partner Laikon (the ineluctable Charles King), who also happens to be the cruel guardian of heroine Mae (Claire Rochelle). The screenplay is credited to Martha Chapin, but it appears as though star Maynard contributed a few of his characteristically bizarre and non-sequitur adlibs along the way. Not long after Lightning Strikes West, Ken Maynard left films for a couple of years to concentrate on personal appearances. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Honor of the Range
Typical of Ken Maynard's offbeat approach to westerns, Honor of the Range stars Maynard as twin brothers -- one strong and heroic, the other weak and dishonest. The "good" brother takes his sibling's place to get the goods on all-around villain Rawhide (Fred Kohler Sr.), who manages to live off his ill-gotten gains in grand style. At one point, the plot requires Maynard to pose as a song-and-dance man, which he does with surprising effectiveness. The now-famous climax finds kidnapped heroine Mary (Cecilia Parker) distracting Rawhide's henchman by loudly and furiously playing on the villain's mighty Wurlitzer organ! ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Cast & Crew
- Ken Maynard - Ken Peters, the Thunderbolt Kid
- Frances Lee - Judy Lane
- Frank Rice - Nevady
- William Gould - Red Matthews
- Bob Kortman - One Shot Mallory