|THE WESTERN CODE (director: J.R. McCarthy; screenwriters: Milton Krims/story by William Colt MacDonald; cinematographer: Ben Kline; editor: Otto Meyer; cast: Tim McCoy (Tim Barrett), Nora Lane (Polly Loomis), Dwight Frye (Dick Loomis), Gordon Demaine (Sheriff Purdy), Wheeler Oakman (Nick Grindle), Mischa Auer (Chapman), Mathew Betz (Warden), Emilio Fernandez (Indian Joe), Bud Osborne (Miller); Runtime: 60; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Sam Briskin; Columbia Pictures; 1932)|
|"Routine old-fashioned western,
by Dennis Schwartz
old-fashioned western, now outdated. It's adequately
directed by J.R. McCarthy ("Raiders of
the Border"/"Oklahoma Cyclone"/"Sunrise Trail"). It's
based on the story by William Colt
MacDonald, and is written by Milton
It soon becomes evident that Grindle forged his wife's signature and hired the forger Chapman (Mischa Auer) and his partner Warden (Mathew Betz) to commit the crime. When Grindle is found dead, Warden organizes a lynching party, but is stopped by Tim. Things end well, as Tim proves Warden killed Grindle and Chapman forged the will. When they try to bring down Tim, he kills both. The siblings retrieve their family ranch and Polly flirts with Tim.
REVIEWED ON 2/11/2016 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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