|MYSTERY RANCH (director: David Howard; screenwriter: Alfred A. Cohn/story "The Killer" by Stewart Edward White; cinematographer: Joseph August; editor: Paul Weatherwax; music: Hugo Friedhofer; cast: Charles Middleton (Henry Steele), George O'Brien (Bob Sanborn),Cecilia Parker (Jane Emory), Forrester Harvey (Artie Brower), Noble Johnson (Muto), Charles Stevens (Tonto), Frank Rice (Barfly Tex), Roy Stewart (Buck), Russ Powell (Sheriff); Runtime: 56; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Sol M. Wurtzel; Fox; 1932)|
by Dennis Schwartz
average western directed with great atmospheric
effect and lasting suspense by David Howard ("Flick"/"Park
Avenue Logger"/"Daniel Boone"), and has great star
power by the likable George O'Brien.
It's based on the story "The Killer" by Stewart Edward
White, and is written by Al Cohn.
The villain is the
deranged sadist land baron Henry
Steele (Charles Middleton),
a slimy dude who keeps his dead partner's daughter
Cecilia Parker (Jane Emory) hostage until
she will agree to marry him and he can thereby
control the Arizona valley through the land she
inherited. It's up to undercover ranger Bob Sanborn (George O'Brien)
to come to her rescue.
REVIEWED ON 8/31/2014 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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