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Tracy Rides/Pinto Rustlers [DVD]
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Tracy Rides
The fifth of 18 inexpensive Tom Tyler oaters produced by Reliable Pictures, this film, like its predecessors, was filmed in Newhall, California, in 1934, but not widely distributed until February of the following year. Playing a sheriff caught in the middle of a range war, Tom arrests the rancher brother of his fiancée for killing a sheep herder. The young man, Ned Hampton (Edmund Cobb), escapes by shooting Tom in the shoulder, and the wounded sheriff seeks shelter with the leader of the sheep men, Jim Green (Lafe McKee). Molly (Virginia Brown Faire), Ned's sister, arrives to warn Tom of an impending stampede of cattle through sheep territory. She is held hostage by Green while Tom attempts to stop her father, John Hampton (Charles K. French), from stampeding his cattle. The attempt fails, and Tom arrives just in time to rescue Molly from the thundering herd. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi

Pinto Rustlers
Bottom-of-the-barrel Western filmmaking on all fronts -- save perhaps hero Tom Tyler's usual competent performance and a restrained sidekick turn by Al St. John -- Pinto Rustlers was directed by Reliable producer Harry S. Webb under the pseudonym of Henri Samuels. Tyler plays Tom Evans, a young cowboy seeking to avenge the murder of his father by a notorious gang of rustlers. Badgering police inspector William Gould into deputizing him, Evans goes undercover as Tom Dawson, a wanted outlaw, and is quickly invited to join the rustlers. The gang is headed by Nick Furnicky (George Walsh), a bandit sporting an indeterminate accent, but the film's real villain is Bud Walton (Earl Dwire), the crooked head of the local cattlemen's association, who has his brother (Murdock MacQuarrie) kidnapped in an attempt to prevent the disclosure of his own dirty deeds. Badly directed, atrociously acted by a cast of veterans that should have known better, and featuring some of the weakest fight scenes in B-Western history, Pinto Rustlers only comes to life at the very end when the gang leader quite literally has the rug pulled from under him. Sadly, this meandering Western marked a rather less than glorious ending to the career of George Walsh, the brother of director Raoul Walsh and a major Fox star in the 1920s. Walsh, who had always traded on physique rather than acting capabilities, had become quite heavy by 1936 and could only find employment in Gower Gulch. Following Pinto Rustlers and Rio Grande Romance (which, despite the title, was a crook melodrama), even those offers dried up. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Edmund Cobb
    Edmund Cobb
  • Virginia Brown Faire
    Virginia Brown Faire
  • Charles French
    Charles French
  • Tom Tyler
    Tom Tyler
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