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Western Cyclone

USA 1943
produced by
Sigmund Neufeld for PRC
directed by Sam Newfield
starring Buster Crabbe (= Larry Crabbe), Al St. John, Marjorie Manners, Glenn Strange, Charles King, Karl Hackett, Milton Kibbee, Hal Price, Kermit Maynard, Jack Ingram, Lane Bradford, Steve Clark, Lou Fulton, Herman Hack, Robert F. Hill, Frank McCarroll, Milburn Morante, Charles Murray jr, Artie Ortego
written by Patricia Harper, music by Leo Erdody

Billy the Kid, Fuzzy, Billy the Kid (Buster Crabbe), PRC's Billy the Kid

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Billy the Kid (Buster Crabbe) holds up stagecoaches only to show his friend, the gouvernor (Kar Hackett), that security needs to be improved. But evil banker Randall (Glenn Strange) and his cronie bar owner Harmon (Charles King) don't like that one bit ... so they pin a murder on him, and before he knows it, Billy is arrested and sentenced to death. But Billy has a friend on the outside, Fuzzy (Al St. John), who finds some evidence that might lead to the true killer, and he breaks Billy out of jail, too. Now Randall and Harmon don't like that one bit, so ultimately they have the gouvernor's daughter (Marjorie Manners) kidnapped - which Billy and Fuzzy turn on them, convincing them she has been freed to make the baddies lead them to their hideout.

Ultimately, the situation gets so desperate that Randall shoots Harmon dead and then tries to pin the murder on Billy - but it's only his own undoing, as it turns out both Harmon and the man Billy was accused of killing previously were killed by the same gun - Randall's. He naturally gets his just desserts.

 

Very routine Western of PRC's Billy the Kid-series: Now Buster Crabbe and Al St. John might be a likeable enough hero and sidekick, and St. John's slapstick certainly is hilarious, but the story as such seems to be awfully far-fetched and at the same time not all that engaging, the effort this movie goes through to make Billy the Kid the good guy is almost hilarious, and in general the story seems to be a bit too big for the film's low budget.

Not a total loss, and PRC has produced a whole lot worse B Westerns, trust me on that one, but not really great (even in comparison to other films of the series) either.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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