|EYES OF TEXAS (director: William Witney; screenwriter: Sloan Nibley; cinematographer: Jack Marta; editor: Tony Martinelli; music: Dale Butts; cast: Roy Rogers (Himself), Lynne Roberts (Nurse Penny Thatcher), Andy Devine (Dr. Cookie Bullfincher), Nana Bryant (Hattie Waters), Roy Barcroft (Vic Rabin), Danny Morton (Frank Dennis), Francis Ford (Thad Cameron), Stanley Blystone (Sheriff), Bob Nolan (Bob), Sons of the Pioneers (Themselves); Runtime: 70; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Edward J. White; Mill Creek Entertainment; 1948)|
|"It's a decent
Roy Rogers B-Western."
by Dennis Schwartz
William Witney ("40 Guns to Apache
Pass"/"Arizona Raiders"/"Trail of Robin Hood")
effectively directs the melodramatic screenplay by Sloan
Nibley. It's a decent Roy Rogers B-Western, one that's
somewhat more violent than the usual Roger's oater.
Roy Rogers is summoned to investigate wolves killing
off the cattle at Camp Cameron, an orphanage for boys
who lost their soldier father's during WW2. The oily
lawyer for the donated estate Hattie Waters
who suffers from a bad heart, plans to close the
orphanage and flee with the estate funds, as she cooks
up a venal takeover scheme. With her evil henchman,
Vic (Roy Barcroft), Hattie trains a pack of dogs to
act like wolves and kill the cattle, and is further
helped by hiring four thugs to be part of a citizen's
group called the
Citizen's Protection Agency, who are helping her to
destroy the camp. Hattie also informs the last living
Cameron, Thad (Francis Ford), who runs the camp, that
Thad's nephew, Frank Cameron, someone Thad hasn't seen
for twenty years because of a family feud has suffered
from amnesia and was not killed during the war as
reported and is on his way to the ranch. After Hattie
coaxes the overjoyed Thad into changing his will, she
has the dogs attack and kill him, and the attack is
blamed on wolves. Hattie also hires an ex-convict,
Frank Dennis (Danny Morton), with a Brooklyn accent,
to pose as the nephew.
Roy is suspicious of
Hattie, and with the help of the friendly physician Cookie
Bullfincher (Andy Devine) and his attractive nurse
Penny Thatcher (Lynne Roberts) and the camp workers
Bob Nolan and The Sons of the Pioneers, the singing
cowboy discovers the bites on Thad's body are dog
bites and not wolf bites as claimed. Roy must then
survive from Hattie's vicious gang a whipping, being
dragged while tied to a galloping horse and attacked
by the trained killer dogs, before he can save the
camp and bring the culprits to justice and win the
love of the nurse.
It's an enjoyable minor Western, showing the clean-cut good guys beating the bad guys, and is a fun watch despite plot holes as big as the prairie and a story as dry as the desert.
REVIEWED ON 8/20/2013 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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