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The Great American Western, Vol. 39 [DVD]

Release Date:08/23/2005
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    Special Features

    • Digitally mastered
    • Interactive menus
    • Chapter selections
    • Digitallly enhanced audio 5.1


    Marshal of Cedar Rock
    Allan "Rocky" Lane's Republic western series was rapidly drawing to a close when Marshall of Cedar Rock was released in early 1953. Lane plays a U.S. marshal who seems to be derelict in his duty when he allows convicted outlaw Bill Anderson (Bill Henry) to escape. In fact, marshal Lane hopes that Anderson will lead him to bigger fish: specifically, frontier crime boss Henry Mason (Roy Barcroft). "Rocky" also believes that Anderson is an innocent victim of circumstance, and it turns out that he's right. Phyllis Coates, best known to TV buffs as the first Lois Lane on the Superman series, turns in a good performance as Anderson's troubled fiancee. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Man of the Frontier
    Singing cowboy Gene Autry stars in this formula western as Gene Autry (so far, so good), who teams up with his buddy Frog Millhouse (Smiley Burnette) to investigate a series of accidents which have stopped construction of a dam being constructed by Sam Flint (George Baxter) and claimed the lives of much of the work crew. The progress of the damn is also thwarted when Bull Dural (George Cheseboro) and his gang attempt to steal the payroll; Gene and Frog suspect Bull may also be behind the deadly dirty tricks campaign before discovering he's just a pawn in a bigger game. Autry finds time to sing five tunes during the proceedings, inclusing the classic title song. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    The Cowboy and the Senorita
    Yet another tuneful Roy Rogers Western named after a song, The Cowboy and the Senorita features Roy and sidekick Teddy Bear (Guinn "Big Boy" Williams) as a couple of would-be prospectors fired from a small town café when the latter gets in trouble with an irate customer (rotund Ferdinand Munier). At the nearby town of Bonanza, the two friends find themselves falsely accused of kidnapping young Chip Williams (Mary Lee), who is actually a runaway. Having befriended both her girl and her half-sister Isabel Martinez (Dale Evans), Roy and Teddy Bear manage to solve the riddle of a treasure hidden in a supposedly worthless mine despite the sabotaging efforts of smooth tycoon Craig Allen (John Hubbard). In between the Western shenanigans, Rogers joins Lee, Evans, the Sons of the Pioneers, and such guest artists as the dance team of Jane Beebe and Ben Rochelle in no less than five musical numbers, including the title tune and a delightful rendition of Ned Washington and Phil Ohman's "What'll I Use for Money." Spanky McFarland, of Our Gang fame, has a funny silent bit in the opening scene. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi

    West of Pinto Basin
    No sooner had the second of Monogram's "Range Riders" westerns hit the screens than the third entry, West of Pinto Basin, was prepared for release. Once again, the Range Riders are portrayed by Ray "Crash" Corrigan, John "Dusty" King and Max "Alibi" Terhune, who this time are hot on the trail of a stagecoach holdup gang. Outlaw leader Harvey (Tris Coffin) is able to monitor the routes taken by the local stage line thanks to a "fifth columnist" named Summers (Phil Dunham), an outwardly honest bank employee. The three heroes take jobs as stagecoach drivers to bring the villains out into the open. The romantic interest is handled by Gwen Gaze, previously a minor-league serial heroine. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Eddy Waller
      Eddy Waller - Nugget Clark
    • Phyllis Coates
      Phyllis Coates - Martha Clark
    • Roy Barcroft
      Roy Barcroft - Henry Mason
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      Bill Henry - Bill Anderson
    • Robert Shayne
      Robert Shayne - Paul Jackson

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