The Silver Trail (February 27, 1937)
Released on February 27, 1937: (running time 54 minutes) Bob Crandall gets help from a female bandit to discover what happened to his partner, who disappeared after discovering a rich vein of silver.
Produced by Bernard B. Ray
Directed by Bernard B. Ray
Written by James Oliver Curwood, Bennett Cohen and Forrest Sheldon
The Actors: Rex Lease (Bobb Crandall), Mary Russell (Molly Welburn, aka Mary Allen), Ed Cassidy (Frank Sheridan), Roger Williams (Sam Dunn), Steve Clark (Tom), Slim Whitaker (henchman Slug), Oscar Gahan (henchman Curt), James Sheridan (henchman Tex), Tom London (Looney), Rin Tin Tin Jr. (Rinty), Bob Burns (mine guard), Budd Buster (hotel clerk), Allen Greer (townsman), Jack Hendricks (wagon driver), Clyde McClary (mine guard, henchman), Nelson McDowell (wagon guard), 'Snub' Pollard (cafe counter man), Goebel Leon Reeves (Hank, singer), Emma Tansey (Bob's mother), Wally West (Cafe customer)
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The Hobo Singer and the Lost Silver Mine
Goebel Leon Reeves grew up in Austin, Texas, because his father was a member of the Texas Legislature. One Christmas morning he got a new and expensive coat, and while walking outside that Christmas day he saw a hobo vagrant shivering on that cool winter day. He came home from that walk without his new coat and spent much of the rest of his life in the company of vagrant hobos.
He had a great singing voice, and growing up in Texas, he became an accomplished western style singer. After hearing a Jimmy Rodgers record, he hopped a train headed for New York City, traveling with the hobos wandering the country aboard empty railroad cars.
Once in New York, he boldly entered a recording company office and proclaimed that he was one of the most popular singers in Texas. The recording company let him sing and signed him to a contract. Six years before this movie was produced the NBC radio network signed him to a radio show contract for ‘three and a half’ per show. He assumed that he would be paid three dollars and fifty cents for each show and was totally amazed when he discovered that he would be paid three hundred and fifty dollars per show.
His passion for liquor would slowly destroy his voice and doom his career a year after his appearance in this movie. He would live the rest of his life alone in a home in Bell Gardens, a suburb of Los Angeles, having no contact with family or friends.
In this adventure he sings the two songs at the beginning of this cowboy adventure. It has become a lasting homage to a talented singer focused on the least fortunate hobos of the country. He sings these songs to Rex Lease, who plays the part of a cowboy searching for his best friend, who has discovered a fortune in silver. When the cowboy arrives at the town to meet his best friend, he discovers that no one in town has heard of his buddy, or the silver mine. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Ed Cassidy, Oscar Gahan, Slim Whitaker
Ed Cassidy, Roger Williams
Ed Cassidy, Slim Whitaker
Goebel Leon Reeves
Mary Russell, Ed Cassidy
Mary Russell, Rex Lease
Rin Tin Tin
Slim Whitaker, Ed Cassidy