The last disc of the 50 Movie Pack Cowboys And Bandits has 5 movies on it. Now I'm finally done this set and I can pack it away.
I Killed Wild Bill Hickok 1956 Johnny Carpenter wrote and stars in this average Western that retells Wild Bill's demise. Richard Talmadge is the director. Johnny appeared in the 1951 TV series Adventures Of Wild Bill Hickok but I don't think he killed the man in that. He does shoot the gunslinger down in this movie. It's told as a flashback. Hickok was just another crook that sided with a greedy rancher to run things his way. Johnny plays Johnny Rebel under the name of John Forbes. Denver Pyle plays the baddie and Helen Westcott provides the romance for our hero. Johnny comes to town and cleans up the baddies. Pretty standard fair there, only average, but watchable.
Marked For Murder 1945 Written and directed by Elmer Clifton. The name didn't ring any bells but a quick gander at the IMDb tells me that he directed a pretty famous film. I'm not talking about the 1944 Captain America, no, it's the 1937 exploitation film Assassin Of Youth. It might not be famous to everyone but anyone who buys DVDs, new or used, had probably seen that movie, especially back when there were DVD stores. It was in all the rental houses. I'm sure many were disappointed when they saw it. At least Marked For Murder delivers what it set out to do, here's a good average Western with plenty of shootin', ridin', singin' and a bit of romance. Ranger Dave O'Brien and his pal Panhandle join their law talking hombre Tex Ritter in putting a stop to a range war between the cattle and sheep men.
Ridin' The Cherokee Trail 1941 Here's another Tex Ritter picture. This one is also about average. Tex goes undercover for the Rangers to catch an outlaw who's working out of the Cherokee Strip. Tex and The Tennessee Ramblers provide some songs between the usual Western plot points.
Thunder In The Desert 1938 Bob Steele is a cowboy who returns home to find his uncle dead and someone trying to get hold of the ranch. He manages to get into the gang and he works to find out who's really behind the whole plot. It's written by George H Plympton and directed by Sam Newfield. A good one but I like Bob Steele as a cowboy most of the time.
The Boss Cowboy 1934 Buddy Roosevelt was a name I didn't recognize but I see he's in a lot of Westerns, especially all the TV shows of the 50's and 60's. He played a lot of barfly's and Townsmen. There's not much good to say about this one, other than it might be a good thing there isn't a copy on YouTube to watch.
Yay! Another one bites the dust.