Hoot Gibson Double Feature: Cavalcade of the West/Swifty [DVD]

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Based on Tracks, a 1928 short story by Stephen Payne, this low-budget Western from Diversion Pictures told the ancient story of a carefree drifter falsely accused of murdering a rancher. As he had so many times before, Hoot Gibson played the drifter, Ralph Lewis, of the silent era, was the murder victim, and June Gale, Gibson's girlfriend at the time, played the murdered man's pretty daughter. The real culprit, as Gibson learns, is the victim's adopted son and foreman (Wally Wales), who is in cahoots with an unscrupulous attorney (William Gould). Like Gibson's other five Westerns from Diversion Pictures, Swifty proved a generally well-received 62 minutes of sagebrush entertainment. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi

Cavalcade of the West
In his final Western for low-budget Diversion Pictures, veteran cowboy ace Hoot Gibson plays a pony express rider who discovers that his worst enemy is his own long-lost brother. As a child, Clint Knox (Jerry Tucker), and his mother Martha (Nina Guilbert), escaped a gang of bandits who killed Mr. Knox Steve Clark and abducted Clint's brother Ace (Barry Downing). Eleven years later, the adult Clint (Hoot Gibson), now a pony express rider, is ambushed by Ace (Rex Lease), a road agent who also robs a stage carrying Martha and pretty Mary Chrisman (Marion Shilling). In the ensuing gunfight, Clint's life is saved when his pocket bible stops one of Ace's bullet. But when Ace, now Clint's prisoner, recites an illegible inscription in the book, Clint realizes that he is his brother. At the trial, Clint successfully convinces the jury to acquit Ace because of the young man's harsh upbringing in the hands of his kidnappers. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Hoot Gibson
    Hoot Gibson - Swifty
  • June Gale
    June Gale - Helen
  • George "Gabby" Hayes
    George "Gabby" Hayes - Dan Hughes
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    Bob Kortman - Clam Givens
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    William Gould - Cheevers
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