|THE LAW RIDES AGAIN (director: Alan James; screenwriter: Frances Kavanaugh; cinematographer: Marcel LePicard; editor: Carl Pierson; music: Frank Sanucci; cast: Ken Maynard (Ken Maynard, marshal), Hoot Gibson (Hoot Gibson, marshal), Jack LaRue (Duke Dillon), Chief Thundercloud (Chief Thundercloud), Emmett Lynn (Eagle Eye), Chief Many Treaties (Barking Fox), Fred Hoose (Hank, stage driver), John Merton (Spike, henchman), Bryant Washburn (Commissioner Lee), Charles Murray Jr. (Marshal), Kenneth Harlan (John Hampton), Betty Miles (Betty Conway), John Bridges (Jess, henchman), Hank Bell (Sheriff); Runtime: 58; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Robert Tansey; Monogram; 1943)|
low-budget B western is really done in
because it has poor production values,
poor acting and a lousy familiar story."
by Dennis Schwartz
is the second version of Monogram's Trail Blazer
series, with two more to
follow. Alan James ("Trigger
Smith"/"Red Barry"/"Two Gun Justice") directs without
gusto, as if Frances Kavanaugh's screenplay could
be saved from mediocrity by a lack of
enthusiasm. Its once popular aging star lawmen
Ken Maynard and Hoot Gibson are too
lethargic to be crowd pleasing.
But the low-budget B western is really done in
because it has poor production values, poor
acting and a lousy familiar story.
There are a
number of Indian raids in the Preston, Arizona
area. Thereby convicted killer Duke Dillon
(Jack La Rue) is released from jail and used
by special government marshals Ken Maynard and
Hoot Gibson, after promised clemency, to set a
trap on his friend the crooked Indian agent John
Hampton (Ken Harlan), who is
suspected of inciting the Indians to revolt.
With info from
Duke that the Indians will attack the stage, Ken
and Hoot ride behind and the marshal (Charles
Murray Jr.) rides in the
stage. The Indians attack, but during the attack
Duke double-crosses them and kills the marshal
and the stagecoach driver, and flees. Passenger
Betty Conway (Betty Miles), visiting her cavalry
captain boyfriend, drives the stage to safety in
Preston, escorted by Ken and Hoot. After Duke
double-crossed them, Ken and Hoot are arrested
by the sheriff (Hank Bell) for killing the
marshal. But they escape to clear their name.
The incompetent marshals again hook up with the
unreliable Duke, and go with him to Preston to
get evidence on the crooked Indian agent.
the Indian agent is cheating the
Indians of their government contracted cattle
with the unwitting help of a tribe elder,
Barking Fox (Chief
Many Treaties), things get dicey. The
marshals break into the Indian agent's office
to get the receipts with the government sales
as proof he's stealing cattle. The scout Eagle
Lynn) arranges for Chief
Thundercloud to meet with the escaped marshals
and learn of the receipts showing the Indians
should be getting more cattle. Before Hampton
can escape with all the money he stole from
the government, Duke plugs his partner for
cheating him out of the profits and flees with
the dough. But with the marshals and both the
Indians and the cavalry chasing him down, Duke
doesn't have a prayer of escaping.
REVIEWED ON 9/7/2014 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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