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“Outlaws’ Paradise” - Cowboy Western Adventure
released on April 19, 1939
running time 52 minutes

The Actors: Tim McCoy (Captain William Carson and Trigger Mallory), Joan Barclay (Jessie Treadwell), Ben Corbett (Magpie McGillicutty), Ted Adams (Slim Marsh), Forrest Taylor (henchman Eddie), Bob Terry (henchman Steve), Donald Gallaher (henchman Mort), Dave O'Brien (henchman Meggs), Jack Mulhall (prison warden), Ed Cassidy (banker), Jack 'Tiny' Lipson (Toby, saloon owner), Carl Mathews (henchman), George Morrell (townsman), Jack C. Smith (cellblock guard), Frank Wayne (FBI Agent Dickson), Wally West (bank teller), Lloyd Whitlock (newspaper reporter Smith)

The Saloon Singer, The Outaw, and the Real McCoy

Joan Barclay, Tim McCoyTimothy John Fitzgerald McCoy went west to Wyoming when he was eighteen years old, living with the Arapahoe Indians and the Shoshones, learning both their spoken language and their sign language. He was so much like the Indians in spirit and love of the wilderness that he was named High Eagle and became a brother to the tribesmen.

During World War One, cowboy-Indian McCoy became a Cavalry officer, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel by the end of the war. After the war, movie director James Cruze was planning an epic cowboy and Indian adventure, and he was told that Tim McCoy was the one man who could bring friendly Indians to the Hollywood sets as authentic actors. The Hollywood producer was hoping for a couple dozen Indians, but Tim McCoy brought several hundred, who all appeared in the 1923 silent epic, “The Covered Wagon.”

In this adventure Tim McCoy is both the good guy and the bad guy. As the good guy, he is F.B.I. agent Lightning Bill Carson, and as the bad guy his is outlaw Trigger Malloy, a fellow that looks exactly like the G-Man. Unlike most cowboy adventures from the 1930’s and 1940’s, there is no sidekick that provides comedy relief in most Tim McCoy adventure.

Tim McCoy’s sidekick is his G-Man partner Magpie McGillicuddy, played by Ben Corbett, and he is never foolish or funny. Crime-busting in a Tim McCoy story is serious and dangerous work, and even the saloon performer girl-friend Jessie, played by Joan Barclay, is a serious part of the conspiracy. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

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