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Under the Tonto Rim

USA 1947
produced by
Herman Schlom for RKO
directed by Lew Landers
starring Tim Holt, Nan Leslie, Richard Martin, Tom Keene, Carol Forman, Tony Barrett, Harry Harvey, Jason Robards sr, Robert Clarke, Jay Norris, Lex Barker, Steve Savage, Dick Foote, Bud Osborne, George Magrill, Ralph Bucko, Clem Fuller, Herman Hack, Lee Frederick, Grahame Covert, Jack Gordon, Charles Soldani
screenplay by Norman Houston, based on the novel by Zane Grey, music by Paul Sawtell

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Canfield (Tim Holt) and Chito (Richard Martin), stage drivers and owners of their own stagecoach line, pick up a girl, Lucy (Nan Leslie), on one of their trips, but at the very next stop the coach is raided, replacement stage driver Andy (Jay Norris) is shot dead, and Lucy's kidnapped by the Tonto Rim gang, called so because they're said to have their hide-out somewhere under the Tonto Rim, but it can't be traced down for the life of it. One of the Tonto gang, Patton (Tony Barrett), is captured though, but refuses to talk. So Canfield has himself thrown into jail next to Patton and orchestrates a jail break. Patton as a thank you takes Canfield to the hide-out, where Canfield meets Lucy again, and learns she's the gang's boss Dennison's (Tom Keene) sister desparate to get away. Canfield makes up a pretense to go to the city again where he sticks the Sheriff (Harry Harvey), the local ranger's captain (Jason Robards sr) and of course Chito the location of the hide-out, then returns to the gang - but unfortunately his spilling the beans was overheard by Dennison's maid Juanita (Carol Forman), who spills the beans to Dennison in return, and when Canfield returns to the hide-out, the welcome's less than friendly. But fortunately the rangers aren't far behind ...


Nothing to write home about, just a routine B-western, that's however very solidly put together by the very dependable craftsman Lew Landers, moves along swiftly, and the cast's uniformly up to the task. Now of course it can't quite shake its conveyor belt origins and doesn't aim for any real glory, it's still good genre entertainment.

By the way, the third and last adaptation of Zane Grey's novel of the same name, previously filmed in 1928 by Herman C. Raymaker and 1933 by Henry Hathaway.


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