|THE FIGHTING VIGILANTES (director: Ray Taylor; screenwriter: Robert B. Churchill; cinematographer: Ernest Miller; editor: Hugh Winn; music: Walter Greene; cast: Lee Morgan (Sheriff), Lash LaRue (The Cheyenne Kid), Al "Fuzzy" St. John (Fuzzy Q. Jones), George Chesebro (Price Taylor), Russell Arms (Trippler), Steve Clark (Frank Jackson), Carl Mathews (Shanks), Marshal Reed (Check), Jennifer Holt (Abby Jackson); Runtime: 61; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Jerry Thomas; Eagle-Lion (PRC); 1947)|
|"A mediocre B film western."
by Dennis Schwartz
mediocre B film western directed by Ray Taylor ("The
Tioga Kid"/"Tornado Range"/"Black Hills") and
scripted by Robert B. Churchill.
Cheyenne Kid (Lash LaRue) is a marshal,
incognito on this mission, with comic relief sidekick
Fuzzy (Al "Fuzzy" St. John). They ride
into a dusty western town where chuck wagons are being
robbed of their supplies. Abby Jackson (Jennifer
Holt) and her dad (Steve Clark) have formed a
Vigilante gang to get the elderly supplies for free
through robberies, because the crooked trading post
operator in town, Price Taylor (George
Chesebro), has his gang robbing the supply
wagons of his competition and charging high prices
with no competition. The judge and the sheriff (Lee
Morgan) are bribed by Price. So it's up to
Cheyenne to figure things out and lay a trap for the
The acting was wooden, the comic relief by Fuzzy as an aspiring poet was corny, and the action scenes were uninspiring. Lash's gimmick of using a whip in gunfights adds little to the dreary film. Its production values were low, and its black and white photography was cheap looking.
REVIEWED ON 1/12/2016 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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