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The Great American Western, Vol. 36 [DVD]

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Overview

Special Features

  • Digitally mastered
  • Interactive menus
  • Chapter selections
  • Digitally enhanced audio 5.1

Synopsis

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

Jesse James' Women
Moving up ever so slightly from Lippert Pictures to United Artists, Donald Barry is both star and director of Jesse James' Women. According to D. D. Beauchamp's screenplay, there were four women in Jesse's life. One was saloonkeeper Waco Gans (Peggie Castle); the second was singer Delta (Lita Baron); the third was prim banker's daughter Caprice Clark (Joyce Rhed) and the fourth was cattle baroness Cattle Kate Kennedy (Betty Brueck). Less sympathetic than most screen adaptations of Jesse's life, the film depicts the fabled outlaw as something of a snake, using his women to increase his financial status. Jack Buetel, Jane Russell's main squeeze in The Outlaw, costars as Jesse's brother Frank. Not much of a western, Jesse James' Women is recommended for fans of cinematic "cat fights." ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Young Buffalo Bill
Young Buffalo Bill was one of a brief series of Roy Rogers "historical westerns" of the early 1940s. Per the title, Rogers plays the youthful Bill Cody, here depicted as an assistant land surveyor in old New Mexico. The villains plot to get their hands on valuable mineral deposits in the region, and to that end enlist the aid of a hostile Indian tribe. But Young Buffalo Bill saves the day, with a bit of assistance from the ever-on-time US Cavalry. George "Gabby" Hayes is around for his traditional comedy relief, while the aristocratic Spanish-American heroine is played by winsome Pauline Moore, Republic's "answer" to Margaret Sullavan. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The Gay Amigo
The Gay Amigo was the second "Cisco Kid" theatrical entry produced for United Artists release by Philip N. Krasne. Duncan Renaldo, who would go on to portray Cisco in the popular 1950s TV series, stars in this outing, together with Leo Carrillo as his comical sidekick Pancho. Cisco and Pancho are wrongfully identified as bandits by a U.S. Cavalry sergeant (Joe Sawyer). Realizing that no one believes their innocence, the boys decide to pose as criminals in order to get the goods on the real crooks. Pancho has some wonderful moments as he holds up a stagecoach and fends off the amorous advances of a spinsterish passenger (Helen Servis), while Cisco enjoys a brief liaison with barmaid Rosita (Armida), the girl friend of the flustered cavalry sergeant. One of the better Krasne-produced "Cisco Kid" efforts, Gay Amigo tells its story in a brisk 62 minutes. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Ken Maynard
    Ken Maynard - Morgan
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    Claire Rochelle - Mae
  • Reed Howes
    Reed Howes - Frank
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    Dick Dickinson - Mack
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    George Cheseboro - Sheriff
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