Branded Men (November 8, 1931)

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Branded Men
 

Released on November 8, 1931: Three cow-hands take on the job of Sheriff in a town where the last seven Sheriffs have been gunned down by the local outlaws, and become branded men as the outlaws plan to kill them.

Directed by Phil Rosen

The Actors: Ken Maynard (Rod Whitaker), June Clyde (Dale Wilson), Billy Bletcher (Half-A-Rod), Charles King (Mace), Hooper Atchley (Ramsey, aka Chunningham), Donald Keith (Bud Wilson), Gladden James (bookkeeper Sam), Robert Homans (chairman of the town supervisors), Edmund Cobb (townsman giving directions), John Beck (doctor), Ralph Bucko (henchman), Bob Burns (man refusing sheriff's job), Jim Corey (henchman Jim), Frank Ellis (townsman suggesting Steep Gulch), Charles Le Moyne (henchman), Jim Mason (Jim Mason), Bud McClure (henchman), Lew Meehan (card dealer), Arthur Millett (Sam's boss), Bob Reeves (town supervisor), Jack Rockwell (Jack), Al Taylor (rustler), Slim Whitaker (Slim)

 

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Rod, Ramrod, and Half-A-Rod

Cowboy Westerns with plenty of shooting, fist fighting and chasing after horse thieves was the Saturday afternoon menu for most movie theaters in the 1930's and 1940's . . . oh, and you need a pretty girl to save from the nasty outlaws also. This cowboy western movie doesn't disappoint on any of those story elements, and it adds an unexpected element that is sure to delight . . . No, it isn't a singing cowboy, it is a whacky touch of comedy by our three leading men. Rod Whitaker, played by Ken Maynard, is a cow puncher and he has two buddies, Ramrod, played by tall and thin veteran actor Irving Bacon, and Half-A-Rod, played by short but deep-voiced actor Billy Bletcher. Our villain is veteran cowboy bad boy Charles King, and our pretty girl who needs saving from the outlaws is June Clyde. Our three happy cow punchers are looking for work when they are told that a little nearby town is always in need of good cowboys. When they get to the town they discover that the previous seven Sheriffs have all been shot dead by the outlaws running the town, and now on one in town wants to be the next Sheriff . . . they figure that the grave yard is full enough and don't want to add to it by volunteering to be Sheriff. Well, our three cow punchers are broke and looking for work and decide that if the town will have them they will take on the Sheriff's job as a team. Now, don't think that this is a comedy farce cowboy show, because not all is laughs and smart-alek comments . . . one of our three Sheriff's will indeed be shot dead . . . deader than a door nail . . . can door nail's live and die? . . . I always wondered about that . . . Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter on it and enjoy the show.

Billy Bletcher, Irving Bacon and Ken Maynard
Billy Bletcher, Irving Bacon and Ken Maynard
Charles King as outlaw Mace
Charles King as outlaw Mace
Donald Keith and Lew Meehan
Donald Keith and Lew Meehan
Gladden James as the bookkeeper
Gladden James as the bookkeeper
Hooper Atchley and Lew Meehan
Hooper Atchley and Lew Meehan
Irving Bacon and Billy Bletcher
Irving Bacon and Billy Bletcher
Irving Bacon and Billy Bletcher
Irving Bacon and Billy Bletcher
Irving Bacon and Ken Manyard in Branded Men
Irving Bacon and Ken Manyard in Branded Men
Irving Bacon and Ken Maynard in Branded Men
Irving Bacon and Ken Maynard in Branded Men
June Clyde and Billy Bletcher
June Clyde and Billy Bletcher
June Clyde and Donald Keith after he is shot in the holdup
June Clyde and Donald Keith after he is shot in the holdup
June Clyde and Donald Keith in Branded Men
June Clyde and Donald Keith in Branded Men
June Clyde and Hooper Atchley in Branded Men
June Clyde and Hooper Atchley in Branded Men
June Clyde as Dale Wilson
June Clyde as Dale Wilson
Ken Maynard and Hooper Atchley
Ken Maynard and Hooper Atchley
Ken Maynard and June Clyde
Ken Maynard and June Clyde
Ken Maynard and Slim Whitaker
Ken Maynard and Slim Whitaker
Ken Maynard in Branded Men
Ken Maynard in Branded Men
Slim Whitaker as bartender Slim in Branded Men
Slim Whitaker as bartender Slim in Branded Men