The Arizona Raiders
A.M. Botsford for Paramount
directed by James P. Hogan
starring Buster Crabbe, Raymond Hatton, Marsha Hunt, Betty Jane Rhodes, Johnny Downs, Grant Withers, Don Rowan, Arthur Aylesworth, Richard Carle, Petra Silva, Ken Cooper, Augie Gomez, Spike Spackman, Herbert Heywood, James P. Burtis, Bob Card, Billy Lee
screenplay by Robert Yost, John W. Krafft, based on the novel Raiders of Spanish Peaks by Zane Grey
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In jail, small fry crook Tracks Williams (Raymond Hatton) meets
Lonesome Alonzo (Johnny Downs), a young man booked for eloping with lovely
Lenta (Betty Jane Rhodes), and their wedding was stopped only in the nick
of time by Lenta's sister Harriett (Marsha Hunt), who owns and runs the
biggest horse ranch in the area, and her lawyer Monroe Adams (Grant
Withers). Tracks is really moved by the young man's story, so when they're
broken free by Tracks' partner Laramie (Buster Crabbe), an even smaller
fry crook with a heart of gold, they decide to help Lonesome. So Laramie
and Tracks ride into the ranch, and before you know it, Harriett has hired
them as ranchhands, and has taken a liking in Laramie as well. Laramie
soon figures out though that something is entirely wrong here, and that
Adams actually wants to cheat Harriett out of a huge herd of horses. Of
course, Harriett doesn't believe him at first, but Adams is quick to
realize that Laramie and Tracks might pose a threat, and he tries
everything to get them killed. But somehow Laramie manages to keep himself
and Tracks alive, keep Harriett's herd from being stolen, convince
Harriett that Adams is a crook, get Lonesome and Lenta together again ...
and in the end, he of course gets a girl (Harriett) of his own.
a pretty middle-of-the-road B-western with plenty of action and romance to
keep one interested but predictable enough to not have one too excited.
However, Buster Crabbe makes one of the better B-western heroes, and
Raymond Hatton turns in a rather unusual yet highly entertaining turn as
Crabbe's sidekick. Plus, Johnny Downs is rather entertaining as the
Basically, if you don't expect an eye-opener or a
genre-changing movie but something a tad run-of-the-mill, chances are
you'll find this enjoyable.