Knight of the Plains/In Old Montana [DVD]

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In Old Montana
The war between cattle ranchers and sheepmen once again took center stage in this low-budget Western starring former opera baritone Fred Scott. Scott played Army Lieutenant Fred Dawson who upon learning that his father has been wounded heads for home disguised as a medicine show performer. He arrives just in time to prevent a range war, falling in love with sheepman's daughter Jean Carmen along the way. The war, as it turns out, was created by the greedy head of the local stockmen's association (Frank LaRue), who had been hoping to purchase enough cheap land to control the territory. In Old Montana was the second of four singing Westerns Scott made for producer C.C. Burr. Leading lady Jean Carmen, here playing a character amusingly named "June Allison," was a 1934 WAMPAS Baby Star who also acted under the name Julia Thayer. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi

Knight of the Plains
At the end of his long association with Hal Roach, comedian Stan Laurel produced three singing Westerns featuring operatic baritone Fred Scott. The second of the three, Knight of the Plains featured such songs as Paradise Valley (the film's working title), by Lew Porter and Harry Tobias, and When We Heard the Music Play Home Sweet Home, by Porter and L. Wolfe Gilbert, as well as the expected comedy routines of the redoubtable Al St. John. In between the songs and comedy, Scott portrayed rancher Fred "Melody" Brent, whose neighbors, the Rands, are in trouble with a gang of land grabbers out to acquire an old Spanish grant. After the usual sagebrush derring-do and a bit of romance with lovely Gale Rand (Marion Weldon, Scott and his sidekick Fuzzy (St. John) can deliver the bad Guys to Sheriff Steve Clark, happy with the knowledge that they have prevented a range war. Scott was to make thirteen singing Westerns for various low-budget producers, all of them released by Spectrum Pictures. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi

Cast & Crew

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    Jean Carmen
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    Rychard Cramer
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    Harry Harvey
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    Jane Keckley
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    Frank LaRue
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