- 3 2017
Trem Carr for Monogram
directed by Phil Rosen
starring Bob Steele, Helen Foster, Charles King, Naomi Judge, Harry Semels, Henry Roquemore, Henry Hall, Hank Bell, Art Mix, Perry Murdock, Roy Bucko, Fern Emmett, Lafe McKee, Silver Tip Baker, Ralph Bucko, Horace B.Carpenter, Mary Carr, Earl Dwire, Si Jenks, Buc McCluer
written by Wellyn Totman, musical supervision by Lee Zahler, cinematography by Archie Stout
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Nick (Bob Steele) is an outlaw and the leader of a small gang that is
even backed by Jake (Charles King), the local crooked sheriff. However,
Nick is more of a Robin Hood type of outlaw, he always gives a share to
the poor and objects to rob defenseless men let alone women - much to the
dismay of his partners, who are just in the business for the dough ...
When one day, his gang robs the jewellery of a showgirl, Lola Montaine
(Naomi Judge), Nick takes the loot from them to eventually return. Soon
afterwards, his girlfriend Gail (Helen Foster) offers him an honest job
with the Pony Express, and suddenly he realizes that he loves her more
than his life of crime and plans to return Lola's jewellery - but gets
into a fight over it with the Sheriff, who has fallen in love with Lola
and now wants to return the jewellery himself. Ultimately though, Nick
defeats the Sheriff, but then he accidently insults Lola, who as a result
reports him to the Sheriff to get even - and before you know it, Nick is
in jail. The Sheriff sees this as a golden opportunity to get rid of Nick,
and promises to set him free, but has the rest of the gang waiting to
shoot him. Nick however has grown wise to the Sheriff's wicked plan and
takes him with himself as a hostage ... and of all people, he takes him to
Lola, where he forces him to sign a confession which blames the Sheriff
for everything. Now Nick feels safe, however, Lola's pet monkey steals the
confessiion out of Nick's pocket, and in his desperation, the Sheriff
kills Lola to get his hands on the confession, but then rather foolishly
hides it somewhere in Lola's place.
With Nick no longer in the possession of the confession, the Sheriff
forms a posse to hunt him down and lynch him, and soon enough, Nick has
got his neck in a noose ... but by that time, the pet monkey has found the
confession and handed it to one of the Sheriff's deputies - which puts a
whole new spin on the situation, and soon enough the Sheriff finds himself
on the run and ultimately falls off a cliff.
And Nick can start his job witht he Pony Express just in time ...
Competently made B-Western that features a few nice twists and turns to
distinguish it from other genre fare of its time. And can a Western in
which a pet monkey plays an essential role be all bad ?