West of Nevada / Stormy Trails [DVD]

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Stormy Trails
The second-to-last Rex Bell Western for Poverty Row producers Max and Arthur Alexander, Stormy Trails was the only entry not directed by Robert F. Hill. Sam Newfield, however, was even more of a hack than Hill and Stormy Trails bore Newfield's trademark of carelessly inserted stock footage (a stampede of cattle in this instance) whose ancient origins failed to match the rest of the film. Based on E.B. Mann's 1934 novel Stampede, Phil Dunham's screenplay featured siblings Tom (Bell) and Billy Storm (Bob Hodges) whose ranch is heavily mortgaged despite the existence of gold on their property. As it turns out, Billy is in league with a gang of outlaws headed by Dunn (Lane Chandler). Attempting to break free of the gang, Billy is killed by Dunn's henchman, Max Durante (Karl Hackett). Dunn then proposes to stampede the cattle so Tom will be unable to pay off his bank in time. Captured by the gang, Tom manages to break free in the nick of time and is able to bring Dunn and his gang to justice. The husband of silent screen star Clara Bow, Rex Bell left films after his sixth and final film for the Alexander brothers to successfully run for the office of lieutenant governor of Nevada. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi

West of Nevada
The second of six generally well-made Rex Bell Westerns produced on the cheap by Gower Gulch company Colony Pictures, West of Nevada starred the personable Bell -- husband of silent star Clara Bow -- as Jim Lloyd, a young drifter coming to the aid of an embattled prospector. The latter, Milt Haldain (Steve Clark), is assisting an Indian tribe mine their gold when he is attacked by Slade Sangree (Frank McCarroll) and his gang. Sangree, as Jim discovers, is actually working for bank manager Steven Cutting (Forrest Taylor), who needs the gold to cover his debts. Cutting frames Jim in a rustling scheme, but Jim proves to be the son of a senator assigned to investigate Cutting's dirty dealings. In real life, Rex Bell spent his post-Hollywood career not "West of Nevada" but in Nevada proper, where he was twice elected lieutenant governor. All but one of the Bell Colony Westerns were directed by Robert F. Hill, who also supplied screenplays under the pseudonym of "Rock Hawtrey." ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Rex Bell
    Rex Bell - Tom Storm
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    Bob Hodges - Billy Storm
  • Lois Wilde
    Lois Wilde - Connie Curlew
  • Lane Chandler
    Lane Chandler - Dunn
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    Earl Dwire - Stephen Varick

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