- 3 2017
Paul Malvern for Monogram Pictures (Lone Star)
directed by Robert N. Bradbury
starring John Wayne, George Hayes (= Gabby Hayes), Lucile Browne, LeRoy Mason, Lloyd Ingraham, Buffalo Bill jr (= Jay Wilsey), Frank Ball, Bert Dillard, Eddie Parker, Fern Emmett, Lafe McKee, Tommy Coats, Herman Hack, Artie Ortego, Tex Palmer, Tex Phelps
written by Lindsley Parsons, cinematography by Archie Stout, William Hyer
John Wayne at Monogram (Lone Star)
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Drifting into Rainbow Valley, John Martin (John Wayne) saves George
Hale (Gabby Hayes), who drives the mail car, from an attack by outlaws,
and later he fights it out with a guy whom he thinks was part of the
attack, even though honourable citizen Rogers (LeRoy Mason) vouches
for him. However, his fighting skills get Martin a foreman job with the
local road construction company, which is under attack by the same outlaws
who tried to hold up george. Thing is, there is no law in Rainbow Valley,
and the outlaws want to get their hands on the rich mines of the region -
but if a road was built too soon, the law could come in force - and
to no one's real surprise, Rogers actually is the leader of the outlaws
Martin soon organizes the roadworkers in a way that they are able to
defend themselves against the outlaws and also saves George from the
outlaws once more, but Rogers has a quite different plan: One one hand he
manages to steal all the dynamite from the construction site and the local
miners (which brings construction to a grinding halt), on the other, he
substitutes a petition for army interference with a petition for the
release of his accomplice Butch (Jay Wilsey) - who is actually released
too, and who turns out to be former cellmates with Martin.
Butch, Martin changes sides and makes up a plan to destroy all progress
the roadwork has made so far by way of explosion ... and attracts the
attention of the local lynchmob. But of course, Martin is not really an
outlaw, he only outsmarted Butch, Rogers and their henchmen and saw to it
that the explosion would not only benefit the new road after all but also
kill most of the outlaws, while he brings the survivors to justice,
because to no one's real surprise he turns out to be a gouvernment
undercover agent in the end.
Lucile Browne plays John wayne's love
interest, and of course the two get together in the end.
N.Bradbury's Westerns often featured unusual themes, and this one,
focussing on road construction and featuring Gabby Hayes' car quite
prominently in several scenes, is no exception. Still, the film is one of
the weaker movies Bradbury did with Wayne for Monogram, lacking the
virtual excesses of other films from the series. Still, it's a fine and
entertaining B-Western that still compares favourably to many similar
films of its time.