Rare Western Double Feature: Boss Cowboy/Lightning Range [DVD]

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Boss Cowboy
Boss Cowboy was released by Superior Pictures-a misleading corporate name if ever there was one. Buddy Roosevelt plays a ranch foreman who has his hands full with a gang of rustlers. Roosevelt manages to get off a good shot at one of the rustlers, who drops dead on the spot. In truth, the rustler's killer was his disgruntled ex-partner, who has evil plans of his own. Boss Cowboy was directed by Victor Adamson, the father of notorious exploitation-flick-maven Al Adamson. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Lightning Range
Poverty Row entrepreneur Victor Adamson (hiding behind the pseudonym of Denver Dixon) once again managed to release a completely incomprehensible Western filled to the brim with tired old clichés and the most wooden acting this side of cigar-store Indians. Silent screen cowboy Buddy Roosevelt reached perhaps the nadir of his career with this film, in which he plays a deputy marshal trailing a gang of claim jumping murderers lead by pudgy Olin Francis. There is something about a girl (Patsy Bellamy), who must marry in order to cash in on an inheritance; a scheming woman (Anne Howard), who wants the valuable land for herself; and sundry other Western shenanigans, few of which, when strung together by the inept Adamson, make any sense. Strangely, most of the action is sans hero Roosevelt, who remains nameless and is knocked out cold early on in the proceedings. The tired comedy relief is provided by the toothless Si Jenks, and the director briefly appears, Hitchcock style, as a townsman. Typically, supporting actor Bartlett Carré's name is misspelled in the film's credits. Although released in 1934, Lightning Range was filmed a year earlier. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi

Cast & Crew

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    Lafe McKee
  • Fay McKenzie
    Fay McKenzie
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    Frances Morris
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    Sam Pierce
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    Buddy Roosevelt

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