King of the Bullwhip
Ron Ormond, Joy M. Houck (executive), Ira Webb (executive), J. Francis White (executive) for Western Adventures
directed by Ron Ormond
starring Lash La Rue, Al St. John, Jack Holt, Tom Neal, Anne Gwynne, Dennis Moore, Willis Houck, George J.Lewis, Michael Whalen, Cliff Taylor, Frank Jaquet, Jimmy Martin, Roy Butler, Hugh Hooker, Tex Cooper, Mary Lou Webb, Augie Gomez, Ray Hughes
written by Jack Lewis, Ira Webb, music by Walter Greene
Fuzzy, Fuzzy and Lash, Buffalo Bill
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El Azote, a masked outlaw with a bullwhip, is terrorizing the
neightbourhood, robbing fold shipment after fold shipment - so the local
bankers call in Marshal Lash (Lash La Rue) and his sidekick Fuzzy to
investigate. But Lash and Fuzzy soon notice their arrival has been heavily
promoted by the local newspaper, which means their secret investigations
would no longer be secret, so they pretend to be outlaws who have found
the marshals that were supposed to be coming (as in themselves) dead in
the desert. Everybody buys their story, and soon enough, the local
barowner Benson (Tom Neal) hires them - to lead his outlaw gang. His
reasoning: Lash is to be the head of his gang disguised as El Azote, which
makes sense inasmuch as Lash is as handy with the bullwhip as the masked
outlaw. Benson figures that should lure El Azote out into the open - for
Lash and Fuzzy agree, and soon become the region's top
outlaws, while at the same time seeing to it that noone's really hurt ...
but then Benson finds out their real identity, while Lash and Fuzzy find
out that Benson's gang isn't only siding them but also the real El Azote.
much to and fro, everything culminates in a bullwhip-duel between Lash and
El Azote, which Lash of course wins, to then unmask El Azote to be an
ambitious young banker (Dennis Moore) of the region who wanted to rob all
regional banks blind so he could form a sort of super-bank ...
Cooper plays Buffalo Bill in the last few scenes of the movie to deliver
the punchline to the film's running gag, but he isn't involved in any
If you really think this film through,
there are plenty of plotholes, and I also don't understand why the
finale's bullwhip duel is also shown to accompany the movie's opening
credits - but then again, the film moves along rather swiftly, there's
lots of bullwhip action involved, Lash La Rue might not be the best actor
but he's likeable, and Al St.John is a good sidekick without being
moronic. Now sure, it's all done on the cheap, and nobody even tried to
make this one a masterpiece ... but it's entertaining at least.