|GENE AUTRY AND THE MOUNTIES (director: John English; screenwriter: Norman Hall; cinematographer: William Bradford; editor: James Sweeney; music: Mischa Bakaleinikoff; cast: Gene Autry (Himself), Pat Buttram (Scat Russell), Richard Emory (Mountie Terry Dillon), Bruce Carruthers (Sgt. MacKenzie), Elena Verdugo (Marie Duval), Carleton Young (Pierre LaBlond), Jim Frasher (Jack Duval), Trevor Bardette (Raoul Duval), Gregg Barton (Sgt. Stuart), Herbert Rawlinson (Inspector Wingate), Francis McDonald (Batiste), Jody Gilbert (Squaw), Nolan Leary (Doc Sawyer); Runtime: 70; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Armand Schaefer; Columbia Pictures; 1951)|
Gene Autry western."
by Dennis Schwartz
John English ("The Strawberry Roan"/"Utah"/"Don't Fence Me In") directs a formulaic Gene Autry western that failed to hold my attention. The acting for the black and white film is robotic, the screenplay by Norman Hall is weak and its execution is stilted.
Marshal Gene Autry and his deputy Scat Russell (Pat
Buttram) are tracking the notorious Canadian outlaw Pierre
LaBlond (Carleton Young),
who robbed Montana banks and fled back to western
Canada. Pierre is the ruthless untrustworthy
charlatan leader of a gang who espouse the views of
the separatist revolutionary
socialist thinker Louis Fontaine. The group of land
grabber radicals wish to form a welfare state and grab
western Canada as their territory.
on horseback in the Canadian woods the lawmen from the
States hear gunfire but come too late to save Sgt.
MacKenzie (Bruce Carruthers)
from an attack by Pierre's gang. But they rescue his
wounded Mountie partner Terry Dillon
(Richard Emory) and take him to
the nearest log cabin, that of Raoul
Duval (Trevor Bardette),
for shoulder repairs, where Raoul's pretty niece
Marie (Elena Verdugo) gladly
dresses the Mountie's wound even if her hateful
young brother Jack, who aspires to be an outlaw,
treats the lawmen intruders with contempt.
The action involves Gene working with Mountie Inspector Wingate (Herbert Rawlinson) to break-up the gang, rescue the kidnapped Marie from a forced marriage to the evil LaBlond, for Gene in a fatherly way to deal with the mixed-up Jack so he learns to respect the law and the outlaws, and the recovering of the gold bullion stolen from the banks of Montana. For comedy relief a heavy-set squaw (Jody Gilbert) is determined that Scat would make a good father for her children because of his skills at playing marbles with the children and chases after him until rescued by the crafty Gene.
REVIEWED ON 1/23/2014 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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