Arthur Lubin; screenwriters: Houston
Branch, Stuart Palmer, Jefferson
Parker/story by Arthur Phillips; cinematographer:
Milton Krasner; editor: Maurice E. Wright; music:
Clifford Vaughan; cast: Judith Barrett
(Ruth Foster), Henry Hunter (Dick
Sherwood), Andy Devine (Pay-Day), Alan Hale (John
Alexander Hardigan), Paul Fix (Dynamite), Raymond Hatton
(Old Pete), Monrow Owsley (Marty Ryan / Jenkins),
Ralph Morgan (James Foster/Anderson), Rollo Lloyd (Franklin
Ross/Bald Jack), Michael Loring (Merritt Billing),
Paul Harvey (Chief Ranger Radell), Edward
LeSaint (Dr. McGregor);
Runtime: 65; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Val Paul;
|"Well-produced programmer crime
by Dennis Schwartz
Lubin ("Idol of the Crowds"/"I Cover The
War"/"Adventurer's End") directs this well-produced
programmer crime drama. The story is by Arthur
Phillips. The writers are Houston Branch,
Stuart Palmer and Jefferson Parker.
Sherwood (Henry Hunter) is a park
ranger in Yellowstone National Park in
Wyoming. His pal is Pay-Day (Andy Devine), an
aspiring ranger who walks around the park with his
mule Gertrude. Also at the park is the
attractive young lady Ruth Foster (Judith
Barrett), who the ranger flirts with. Ruth
is expecting to meet in the park for the first time
her father James (Ralph Morgan), who has
been absent for 18 years while mining in Australia.
They awkwardly meet in his nearby secluded cabin.
accompanies Ruth at night to a campfire, where the
Yellowstone regular, Old Pete (Raymond Hatton), tells
the story of how the gangsters "Tracy
Jenkins," "Anderson" and "Bald Jack," buried bank
robbery loot in the park 20 years ago.
Ross (Rollo Lloyd) is a guest at the Old
Faithful Inn. He's tailed by the insurance
detective John Alexander Hardigan (Alan
Hale) and by hoods Marty Ryan (Monrow Owsley)
and Dynamite (Paul Fix).
Ryan visits James in his cabin and introduces himself
as the son of the gangster Jenkins. He says he knows
that James is really the bank robber Anderson who
partnered with his father, and Marty
demands a fifty-fifty split of the $90,000 buried
stolen loot. A geyser hits. James is found dead
when blown out of the geyser, and upon further
investigation also had a bullet wound.
learn that the four bank robbers were just released
from prison, and all had similar thoughts of
recovering the stolen loot. Because the ranger is
romancing Ruth, he becomes a suspect in her ex-con
REVIEWED ON 2/1/2016 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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