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Sheriff of Tombstone
Joseph Kane (associate) for Republic
directed by Joseph Kane
starring Roy Rogers, George Hayes (= Gabby Hayes), Elyse Knox, Addison Richards, Sally Payne, Harry Woods, Zeffie Tilbury, Hal Taliaferro (= Wally Wales), Jay Novello, Jack Ingram, Jim Corey, Boots Brown, Helen Gibson, Jane Muir, Jack Montgomery, Chuck Baldra, Jack Rockwell
story by James Webb, screenplay by Olive Cooper, musical director: Cy Feuer
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Brett Starr (Roy Rogers) is made into the Sheriff of Tombstone because
the crooked mayor of the city, Keeler (Addison Richards), mistakes him for
Shotgun Cassidy (Harry Woods), a notorious outlaw who is supposed to
become Sheriff because the mayor and mine owner Slade (Hal Taliaferro)
want to use him to drive Granny Carson (Zeffie Tilbury), owner of the
richest silver mine around, out of the city.
Bret instead pays Granny a friendly visit, promptly falls in love with
her daughter Mary (Elyse Knox), collects evidence against Keeler and
Carson and ultimately prepares to arrest them ... when the real Shotgun
Cassidy shows up and almost shoots Brett, who can only escape with the
help of his sidekick Gabby (Gabby Hayes).
Now Bret turns on all the local miners for help, and together with
local Wells Fargo manager Anderson (Jay Novello), they organize a big
silver shipment to smoke out Keeler, Slade and their outlaw friend
Martinez, who turns out to be none other than Anderson himself.
Of course good prevails in the end, and of course, Brett gets the girl,
Routine B-Western, from a time before Roy Rogers films had been turned
into musical revues with a bit of Western action tagged on. Actually, Roy
does very little singing here and the film rather concentrates on the
(rather routine) story. It's no great piece of film, but it's ok taken as
an hour of (B-)Western entertainment.