|FUGITIVE VALLEY (director: S. Roy Luby; screenwriters: Oliver Drake/John Vlahos/Robert Finkle; cinematographer: Robert Cline; editor: S. Roy Luby; music: Frank Sanucci; cast: Julie Duncan (Ann), Glenn Strange (Gray), Reed Howes (Brandon), Ray Corrigan (Crash Corrigan), John King (Dusty King), Max Terhune (Alibi Terhune aka Professor), Ed Brady (Doctor Steve), Tom London (Marshal Warren), Bob Kortman (Red Langdon), Carl Matthews (Slick); Runtime: 60; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: George W. Weeks; Mill Creek Entertainment; 1941)|
far-fetched and breezy second-rate Range
Buster western directed without style by S. Roy Luby."
by Dennis Schwartz
Goofy, far-fetched and breezy second-rate Range
Buster western directed without style by S. Roy Luby ("Arizona
Stage Coach"/"Border Phantom"/"Desert Phantom").
Writers Oliver Drake, John Vlahos and Robert
Finkle keep it formulaic according to the serial.
Range Busters--Crash Corrigan, Dusty King and Max
Terhune--work undercover in Texas to help Marshal
Warren (Tom London) break up an outlaw
ring working with impunity in the territory and
believed to be led by the Whip. The lawmen scheme has
Crash arrested as a wanted stage coach robber and
after put in jail, his pal Dusty King breaks him out
of jail and they also free his cellmate Red Langdon (Bob
Kortman). To escape the posse Red takes his new
friends to Fugitive Valley, where the gang committing
all the robberies has a hideout. The outlaw safe haven
is led by Gray (Glenn Strange), who when
asked about the notorious Whip--replies no such a
new boys convince Gray to rob a stagecoach, and there
the Range Busters meet their third partner called
Alibi (Max Terhune) and he poses as a
magician. They convince the gang to take him back to
the Fugitive Valley hideout to provide entertainment
for the boys, and this gives the magician a chance to
send messages to the marshal through his carrier
could believe (because I couldn't) there's a resident
doctor (Ed Brady) and nurse Ann (Julie
Duncan) at Fugitive Valley. It turns out that
Ann is the Whip, working on the side of the law, as
she wishes to avenge the death of her father and that
she lost her ranch due to the outlaw Gray and his
rancher boss, the civic leader Brandon (Reed
Howes ). Ann has organized her fellow victim
ranchers and they in turn through Ann's inside info
from Fugitive Valley rob Brandon of the loot he
receives from Gray, as Ann uses secret passages in the
Valley to freely come and go undetected.
If the plot wasn't corny enough, there here are corny musical numbers to keep you entertained such as "Riding Along," "My Little Prairie Annie," and "Chisholm Trail."
REVIEWED ON 8/28/2013 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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