|DYNAMITE RANCH (director: Forrest Sheldon; screenwriter: Barry Barrington/story by Barry Barrington; cinematographer: Ted McCord; editor: David Berg; cast: Ken Maynard (Blaze Howell), Ruth Hall (Doris Collins), Alan Roscoe (Owens), George Pearce (Andrew Collins), Martha Mattox (Aunt Sarah Collins), Arthur Hoyt (Smithers), Al Smith (Red), John Beck (Sheriff); Runtime: 55; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Samuel Bischoff; Mill Creek Entertainment; 1932)|
main problem is that the star cowboy, Ken Maynard,
is so wooden an actor and has a squeaky voice, that
he's unconvincing as the hero."
by Dennis Schwartz
plot was too absurd to be that concerned about it and
the directing by Forrest Sheldon ("The Lone
Trail"/"Wilderness Mail"/"The Sign of the Wolf") was
too lackluster to give it a spark. The story and
screenplay by Barry Barrington is
idiotic. But its main problem is that the star cowboy,
Ken Maynard, is so wooden an actor and has a squeaky
voice, that he's unconvincing as the hero. If all that
wasn't bad enough, the action sequences were poorly
executed and the B-Western was lifeless.
ranch owner Andrew Collins (George Pearce) brings by
train to his western ranch his pretty daughter Doris
(Ruth Hall), her stuffy spinster Aunt Sarah (Martha
Mattox) and his creepy looking bookkeeper Smithers (Arthur
Hoyt). A train robbery occurs, but when cowboy
Blaze Howell (Ken Maynard) breaks it up he learns it
was a fake hold-up performed by oily foreman Park Owens (Alan
Roscoe) and the ranch hands to please the ranch owner.
After Blaze apologizes for spoiling the fun, it's
learned the baggage car safe has been broken into and
robbed and the messenger killed.
The lunkhead witnesses
somehow think Blaze is the real robber and he runs
away before arrested by the sheriff (John
Beck), and then
discovers there's a $2,000 reward for his capture. The
daring Blaze returns to the Collins ranch during a
masquerade party to see Doris, the only one who
believes he's innocent, and to clear his name he sets
a trap to catch either of the two guilty ranch hands,
the foreman, who was stealing money from the ranch
owner's house safe to buy his own ranch, and Red (Al
Smith), who was
guarding the baggage car and was the only one with the
opportunity to steal the $50,000 during the robbery.
The most ridiculous scene
is saved for the climax, where Blaze on his horse
Tarzan outraces the villain foreman fleeing in a car
with the stolen train money he obtained after killing
REVIEWED ON 8/23/2013 GRADE: C-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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