Western Justice/Near the Trail's End [DVD]

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Western Justice
Released in the wake of the spooky The Big Calibre (1935), this Bob Steele Western featured the spectacle of a villain skinned alive as punishment for attempted rape. Scripted by director Robert North Bradbury (Steele's real-life father), Western Justice presented Steele as Ace, an apparent drifter coming to the aid of Rufe (Perry Murdock), who has been falsely accused of robbery. Searching for clues that will clear Rufe, Ace finds himself playing poker in a deserted cabin with Pancho Lopez (Julian Rivero, whose daughter died after being attacked by Clem Slade, the real robber, and the sheriff (Lafe McKee). The three of them agree to prospect together at Red Ford, AZ, where they find the community in the midst of a water dispute with nasty businessman John Brent (Jack Cowell). The latter's chief henchman proves to be none other than the wanted Clem Slade (Arthur Loft). Recognizing his daughter's betrayer, Pancho kills him in the gang's mountain hideout by skinning him alive. Ace, who reveals himself to be a lawman, captures Brent in an ambush and restores the town's water supply by dynamiting the mountain. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi

Near the Trail's End
Poor Marion Shockley finds herself the victim of both a robbery and a kidnapping in this obscure but quite well-made Poverty Row Western starring the diminutive Bob Steele. After saving Jane Rankin (Shockley) from her kidnappers, Johnny Day (Steele) is elected Cactus town marshal but what at first appears to be a breezy job proves highly dangerous when local bully Bart Morgan (Hooper Atchley) not only claims Jane as his but engages in a bit of cattle rustling on the side. Fortunately, Johnny is spared more trouble when Morgan is killed in a fight with another of Jane's pursuers, Red Thompson (Jay Morley). Near the Trail's End was the last of eight Westerns Steele did for low-budget company Tiffany and the only feature film to co-star Marion Shockley, a 1932 WAMPAS Baby Star better known for her work in comedy shorts and on radio. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Bob Steele
    Bob Steele - Ace
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    Renee Borden - Beatrice Brent
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    Julian Rivero - Pancho Lopez
  • Arthur Loft
    Arthur Loft - Clem Slade
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    Lafe McKee - King

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