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Wild Mustang (October 22, 1935)

Wild Mustang
 

Released on October 22, 1935: When outlaw Utah Evans escapes prison to terrorize the town of Texana, the old Sheriff who locked him up the first time comes out of retirement to chase him down and capture him again.

Produced by William Berke

Directed by Harry L. Fraser

The Actors: Harry Carey (Joe 'Wild Mustang' Norton), Barbara Fritchie (Jill McClay), Del Gordon (Reno Norton), Katheryn Johns (Ma McClay), Bob Kortman (Utah Evans), George Chesebro (Deputy Tex Carter), Chuck Morrison (henchman Tex), Dick Botiller (Juan Romano Calinie), George Morrell (Sheriff Terry McClay), Milburn Morante (man with dynamite), Jimmy Aubrey (fence builder), Budd Buster (Budd), Tommy Coats (henchman Smokey), Phil Dunham (cashier Peterson), Francis Walker (henchman), Roger Williams (posse rider)

 
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The Sheriff Returns

Texana County is a quiet little Western town where the Sheriff spends his days sleeping in the sun. But as our Cowboy adventure opens we meet two outlaws freshly escaped from the state prison, and they are walking towards Texana with sore feet and badly in need of some horses. Luckily they come upon two horses tied to a tree, with two good old boys digging in a field nearby. The escaped outlaws ride away on the horses, heading to Texana with plans to rob the bank and get a fresh start on their outlaw ways. While the horse thieves are heading to town, we meet a couple more thieves . . . In nearby Texana we watch the Sheriff and his deputy sleeping in the lazy sun as two women approach them on the sidewalk. The pretty young girl is asking her mother for three dollars, and the mother is telling her that unless papa is in a pretty good mood, she will not get her money. When the mama and daughter spot the old Sheriff sitting in the sun dreaming of faraway places they are suddenly very happy. Mama reaches into the Sheriff's pocket and pulls out all his cash, giving three dollars to her daughter and keeping three dollars for herself . . . And Sheriff McClay continues to sleep peacefully in the noonday sun . . . And horse thieves Utah Evans and his henchman ride into town and rob the bank. Shots ring out and the Sheriff and his Deputy rush towards the bank in time to see the outlaws getting on their horses to ride away. The teller is shot dead as they scram out of town. Sheriff McCay rounds up a gang of townsmen and they chase the outlaws, catching up to them a ways out of town. As gunshots ring out between the posse and the outlaws the Sheriff grabs his chest and falls to the ground with a slug of hot lead burning inside him. With the Sheriff dead, his wife Ma takes over as Sheriff. One day Ma remembers the Sheriff that tamed Texana before her hubby took over . . . A tough-figting ombre called 'Wild Mustang' Norton, who retired to a ranch and hung up his guns. Ma and Deputy Tex ride out to his ranch and convince Wild Mustang Norton that the town needs him once again to capture Utah Evans and his gang. Legendary actor Harry Carey, as Wild Mustang Norton, rides into Texana with his guns strapped on and the end is surely in sight for the outlaws once again. Actor Harry Carey first went in front of a motion picture camera in 1909 during the birth of moving pictures, and before his death in 1947 had nearly 300 motion picture credits as actor, producer, and director, including the part of Marshal Wistful McClintock in my favorite Cowboy adventure starring John Wayne, Angel and the Badman in 1947, just before his death. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Harry Carey
Harry Carey
Bob Kortman and Dick Botiller
Bob Kortman and Dick Botiller
Bob Kortman
Bob Kortman
Dell Gordon and Bob Kortman
Dell Gordon and Bob Kortman
George Chesebro and George Morrell sleeping in the sun
George Chesebro and George Morrell sleeping in the sun
George Chesebro and George Morrell
George Chesebro and George Morrell
George Chesebro
George Chesebro
Harry Carey
Harry Carey
Harry Carey and Bob Kortman
Harry Carey and Bob Kortman
Harry Carey, George Chesebro and Del Gordon
Harry Carey, George Chesebro and Del Gordon
Harry Carey and George Chesebro
Harry Carey and George Chesebro
Harry Carey and Katheryn Johns
Harry Carey and Katheryn Johns
Harry Carey
Harry Carey
Katheryn Johns and Barbara Fritchie
Katheryn Johns and Barbara Fritchie
Katheryn Johns and George Chesebro
Katheryn Johns and George Chesebro
Katheryn Johns
Katheryn Johns