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|HOME ON THE RANGE (director: R.G. Springsteen; screenwriter: Betty Burbridge/story by Betty Burbridge & Bernard McConville; cinematographer: Marcel LePicard; editor: Charles Craft; music: Dale Butts; cast: Monte Blue (Himself), Adrian Booth (Bonnie Garth), Bob Nolan (Bob), Bobby Blake (Cub Garth), Tom Chatterton (Grizzly Garth), LeRoy Mason (Dan Long), Roy Barcroft (Clint Baker, Henchman), Kenne Duncan (Slim Wallace, Henchman), Budd Buster (Sheriff Cutier), The Sons of the Pioneers (Themselves); Runtime: 55; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Louis Gray; Republic; 1946)|
darn good singing cowboy B-Western."
by Dennis Schwartz
Cowboy Monte Hale has been
hired by rancher "Grizzly" Garth to clear up the mystery of
cattle killed by a bear, that the nearby ranchers in
Garthville claim is the bear Grizzly keeps protected
on his ranch. In reality it's oily rancher Dan Long (LeRoy
henchman Slim and Clint (Kenne Duncan & Roy
carry around in a wagon a chained killer bear called
Nero to kill the stray cattle. Dan wants to buy
Grizzly's valuable property and hopes he can drive him
out by making him unpopular with his neighbor ranchers
so that he's forced to sell at a cheap price.
Grizzly and his now
deceased brother settled in the wilderness, and
Grizzly put all his energy into preserving the range
for the animals while his brother was a smart
businessman and his neighboring ranch became the
biggest in the territory. It's now run by his feisty
daughter Bonnie Garth (Adrian Booth).
She sides with the local ranchers against her uncle,
but Monte comes up with a plan whereby Grizzly turns
his ranch over to the government and it becomes a wild
game preserve. When Dan learns of this, he intercepts
Grizzly on the road before he can tell the ranchers
his plan and then has Nero maul him to death.
ranchers mistakenly think Grizzly's pet bear Blackie
did it, and his 13-year-old son Cub (Bobby Blake) runs
away with the bear in tow before the ranchers shoot
his pet. To the rescue comes Monte, who figured things
out and beat a confession out of the henchmen and now
confronts Dan. When Dan tries to escape in the wagon
holding Nero, he's mauled to death.
The songs include the following "Over the Rainbow Trail," "Take Your Time," "Happy-Go-Lucky Cowboy" and "Down at the Old Hoe Down."
REVIEWED ON 7/25/2011 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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