In Old Cheyenne (May 25, 1931)
Released on May 25, 1931: Someone is rustling the horses at the Sutter ranch and the Cheyenne Kid tries to find out who the outlaws really are.
Produced by F.E. Douglas and Harry S. Webb
Directed by Stuart Paton
Written by Bennett Cohen and Betty Burbridge
The Actors: Rex Lease (Jim the Cheyenne Kid), Dorothy Gulliver (Helen Sutter), Jay Hunt (Frank Sutter), Harry Woods (Clyde Winslow), Harry Todd (Ben Stevens), Ernie Adams (henchman), Hank Bell (cowhand Burke), Ben Corbett (henchman), Gilbert Holmes (donkey handler), Pete Morrison (cowhand), Al Taylor (henchman Jim), Slim Whitaker (henchman Pete), Blackie Whiteford (the Sheriff)
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The Cowboy Dope . . .
There are cowboy heroes, and there are cowboy heroes . . . . Rex Lease, as Jim the Cheyenne Kid, takes the cake in this unusual adventure. Rancher Sutter is having trouble at his ranch, and the Cheyenne Kid comes to help old man Sutter find out who is stealing horses from the ranch.
After the Cheyenne Kid arrives he gets off on the wrong foot with the beautiful daughter of the rancher, and she has nothing but scorn for the mighty Cheyenne Kid. Next the Kid camps out near the horse coral to keep a close eye on the horses all night, but someone drugs his coffee and he is doused with liquor after he drops to the ground unconscious. The outlaws steal the horses and the Kid is fired for getting drunk and passing out. . . . But the Cheyenne Kid figures that he can find the horse rustlers even better from the outside, so he leaves the ranch in disgrace and watches for the rustlers.
Well, this sharp fellow isn't as quiet as he should be while watching the henchmen, and when he makes some noise they spot him behind a tree and take off after him. The Cheyenne Kid jumps on his horse and heads for the hills, but the rustlers catch up and one of them shoots him down.
So much for that hero . . . But wait . . . He isn't really dead, but everyone now thinks he is dead, so maybe he can still figure out who is behind the horse rustling. Somehow there is a masquerade party at the ranch from out of the blue . . . But what a great way for the Cheyenne Kid to visit the party and watch for the henchmen.
After hearing about the next rustling plan from the masked outlaw leader he leaves the party and rides around the ranch . . . Just in time to discover a white stallion opening the coral gate and leading all of the horses away . . . Our hero the Cheyenne Kid gallops to the rescue and herds the horses back to the coral, but guess what? . . .
Just as he is getting the horses back to the coral, the rancher, the sheriff and the ranch hands arrive and they figure that he was just about to steal the horses . . . . This is not the best day that the Cheyenne Kid has ever had . . . With the help of his side-kick he escapes as the sheriff and cowhands give chase.
Whew . . . . I've gotta tell you . . . Not only is this cowboy adventure plot written very differently . . . The final riding into the sunset scene is also very, very unique . . . . You don't want to miss this one . . . . Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Blackie Whiteford, Jay Hunt and Rex Lease
Blackie Whiteford and Jay Hunt
Dorothy Gulliver and Harry Woods
Dorothy Gulliver and Jay Hunt
Dorothy Gulliver and Rex Lease
Harry Todd, Rex Lease and Harry Woods
Harry Todd and Rex Lease
Harry Woods and Rex Lease
Jay Hunt and Dorothy Gulliver
Jay Hunt and Harry Woods
Rex Lease, Jay Hunt and Harry Todd
Rex Lease and Dorothy Gulliver
Rex Lease as the Cheyenne Kid