Law of the Lash
Jerry Thomas for PRC
directed by Ray Taylor
starring Lash La Rue (= Al La Rue), Al St. John, Lee Roberts (II), Mary Scott, Jack O'Shea, Charles King, Carl Mathews, Matty Roubert, John Elliott, Slim Whitaker, Ted French, Richard Cramer, Buster Slaven, Henry Wills
screenplay by William L.Nolte, music by Albert Glasser
Cheyenne Kid, Fuzzy, Fuzzy and Lash
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Riding to town to get supplies for himself & his pal Fuzzy (Al
St.John), Cheyenne Kid (Lash La Rue) stumbles upon a stagecoach that has
just been robbed. Cheyenne offers to report the hold-up in the next town,
Temecula, but once there he has to find out the town has fallen into the
hands of outlaws ... & in the department store of Dad Hilton (John
Elliot) & daughter Jane (Mary Scott) - among the last honest citizens
in town) - he finds a customer, Lefty (Lee Roberts), who - by carrying a
woman's ring stolen in the stage hold-up - identifies himself as one of
the stage robbers.
Cheyenne lets Lefty go though after a good beating
... which makes Lefty extra-nervous, because now there's someone who could
identify him, & he tries to track down Cheyenne for days to shoot him
dead ... but Cheyenne & Fuzzy have already set him a trap, & they
capture him & hold him for several days, without ever so much as
speaking to him ... then they let him go, just like that, but make extra
sure that he doesn't lose his treacherous ring on his way back to town.
Lefty arrives back in town, his boss Dekker (Jack O'Shea) pretty
much loses his nerve, & decides to attack Cheyenne & Fuzzy in
their cabin in an all-out attack ... but once he and his man arrive at the
cabin they find Cheyenne and Fuzzy gone, but they have left behind a note proving that he
was expecting them. & while the
outlaws were away, Cheyenne - who now turns out to be a Marshal who tried
to run Dekker down for years - & Fuzzy, with the help of the
neighbouring town's sheriff (Charles King) & his posse, set a trap for
Dekker & Company in Temecula's saloon ... which in the end springs
neatly on the bad guys, who are all arrested, & Temecula is a safe
city once more ...
First of the Cheyenne Kid-series,
starring Lash La Rue & Al St.John (even though Lash previously
portrayed the character as second lead in an Eddie Dean Western) &
produced by PRC, a company that was then already in its final days
(the series though was taken over by Western Adventures after the
demise of PRC in 1948 & continued until 1952).
itself is a cheap but likeable B-Western that only has a few memorable
scenes (like Lefty slowly driven loco by the silent treatment that
Cheyenne & Fuzzy give him), but has ultimately little to distinguish
itself from any other comparable product - which can be seen as good or
as bad, depending on whether or not you like series-Westerns from the
It is surprising however that Lash La Rue makes very
scarce use of his trademark bullwhip that even gave him his name.