Monogram Cowboy Collection: Volume 9 [3 Discs] [DVD]

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The Law Comes to Gunsight
One film critic compared Monogram's eight Johnny Mack Brown westerns of 1947 to strawberries: it was up to the viewer sort out which were good, and which were bad. Law Comes to Gunsight is a little of both. Brown arrives in the town of, yes, Gunsight, in the company of saddle pal Raymond Hatton. Like a new broom, Brown sweeps clean, going after the town's corrupt element. Several singing sidekicks had been tried out in previous Johnny Mack Brown films, with little success. In Law Comes to Gunsight, the warbler "du jour" is radio crooner Lanny Rees. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Gentleman from Texas
In one of his better Monogram Westerns, Johnny Mack Brown goes up against a crooked saloon owner with more than one murder on his conscience. Steve Corbin (Tristram Coffin) and his gang of cutthroats are terrorizing the townspeople of Rimrock, who in self-defense hire Johnny Macklin (Mack Brown) as new town marshal. Corbin, meanwhile, kills a miner for his claim and threatens the local newspaper editor, Diane Foster (Reno Browne), who happens to be the daughter of Macklin's deputy, Idaho Jim Foster (Raymond Hatton). When a compromised jury returns a not guilty verdict, Macklin has Corbin transferred to the county seat but the villain manages to escape after killing a couple of witnesses. Naturally, the hero quickly hunts him down, restoring peace and tranquility to Rimrock. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi

Land of the Lawless
Johnny Mack Brown goes up against a female boss villain in this unusual Western from Monogram. Hired to look into dirty dealings in the town of Medicine Flats, Johnny learns that Kansas City Kate (Christine McIntyre), the owner of the Golden Spur Saloon, has been waging a war against local prospectors, one of whom is found murdered. Not appreciating Johnny's interference, Kate has her henchman Cameo (Tristram Coffin) take a shot at him and when that fails, hires a notorious gunslinger, the Cherokee Kid (I. Stanford Jolley). Needless to say, the latter is equally unsuccessful and after a final confrontation Johnny is able to arrest both Kansas City Kate and her few surviving henchmen. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi

Code of the Saddle
Smokin' guns, swingin' fists, and a lovable side-kick can be found in this western. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

The Fighting Ranger
In this western, a Texas Ranger and his pardner gallop after a band of desperadoes. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

Frontier Agent
A rather corpulent Johnny Mack Brown more than fills the title role of Frontier Agent. Once more, Brown plays a government man, sent to the badlands to round up an elusive outlaw gang. And once more, he is aided and abetted by Raymond Hatton, an old codger who has a lot more on the ball than people suspect. Director Lambert Hillyer keeps things moving even when nothing much is happening. Though it usually adheres to The Expected, Frontier Agent has a few offbeat touches, just to keep the non-western fans awake. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Trailing Danger
Trailing Danger is one of Johnny Mack Brown's cookie-cutter Monogram westerns. Once again, Brown is teamed with grizzled Raymond Hatton. Once again, he plays his cards close to his chest throughout most of the film. And once again, he springs into action in reel six, trouncing the villains whom he's been cagily avoiding in the previous reels. Both Brown and director Lambert Hillyer were definitely in a rut by 1947, though Trailing Danger performed quite well at the box office. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Flashing Guns
After a brief mid-1940s burst of originality, Monogram's Johnny Mack Brown western series settled back into the commonplace with such entries as Flashing Guns. In this outing, Brown tries to save his pal Shelby (Raymond Hatton) from being thrown off his ranch by crooked banker Ainsworth (James E. Logan). To do this, our hero must prove that the banker is in cahoots with the local gambling boss (Douglas Evans). This he does, and as a bonus exposes the banker as the secret head of an outlaw gang. Good location photography keeps this rubber-stamp western afloat. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The Sheriff of Medicine Bow
Sheriff of Medicine Bow is one of the slower-moving Johnny Mack Brown westerns for Monogram. Once, again, Brown is teamed with Raymond Hatton, but something new has been added. Max Terhune plays Hatton's comic foil, travelling under the same character name-"Alibi"-that he used when costarring in Monogram's "Range Busters" series. Terhune's bucolic routines did little to enliven the proceedings, but at least his presence injected some novelty value in the fading Brown series. Two films later, Raymond Hatton had left the fold, and Johnny Mack Brown was reteamed with Max Terhune for an additional three entries. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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