Kansan (September 10, 1943)
Released on September 10, 1943: (running time 1 hour and 19 minutes) A cowboy is elected Sheriff of a small town when he shows the courage to face the James Gang, but his biggest problem as Sheriff may be someone else!
Produced by Harry Sherman
Directed by George Archainbaud
Written by Harold Shumate from a novel by Frank Gruber
The Actors: Richard Dix (John Bonniwell), Jane Wyatt (Eleanor Sager, hotel owner), Albert Dekker (Steve Barat, banker), Eugene Pallette (Tom Waggoner), Jason Robards Sr. (bank teller), Victor Jory (Jeff Barat, gambler), Robert Armstrong (Malachy), Beryl Wallace (Soubrette, dance hall singer), Clem Bevans (Clem the Toll Bridge Tender), Hobart Cavanaugh (Mayor Josh Hudkins), Francis McDonald (Gil Hatton), Willie Best (Bones), Douglas Fowley (Ben Nash, Hatton side-kick), Rod Cameron (Kelso, cowhand shot in the arm), Eddy Waller (Ed Gilbert the newspaper editor), Ray Bennett (messenger), Walter Baldwin (Judge Lorrimer), Ted Billings (barfly), Ralph Bucko (cowhand), John Daheim (saloon fighter), Ken Darby (King's Men Quartet singer), Jon Dobson (King's Men Quartet singer), Bud Linn (King's Men Quartet singer), Rad Robinson (King's Men Quartet singer), Art Felix (cowhand), Sam Flint (Walter McIntire, rancher), Byron Foulger (Ed Tracy, rancher), Robert Frazer (gambler in saloon), Beatrice Gray (saloon girl), Herman Hack (Charley, cowhand), Al Haskell (barfly), Fred Kohler Jr. (the first gate guard), Pierce Lyden (a Hatton henchman), Frank McCarroll (a Hatton henchman), Merrill McCormick (townsman), Milburn Morante (townsman), Lew Morphy (townsman), Jack Mulhall (Walter, a hospital patient), Jack Norton (drunk in saloon), Cliff Parkinson (townsman), George Reeves (Jesse James), Cyril Ring (court clerk), Dewey Robinson (bartender), Glenn Strange (guard at gate), Forrest Taylor (doctor), Dan White (barfly)
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The New Marshal, Sworn to Protect the Biggest Outlaw in Town
Ernest Carlton Brimmer had a friend who was a Los Angeles life guard who lost his life trying to save a struggling swimmer. When Ernest needed a motion picture name, he chose the name of his dead lifeguard friend, acting in 98 motion pictures as Richard Dix.
In 1928, just before sound was added to motion pictures, Richard Dix was one of the highest paid actors in silent movies at Paramount, and he made newspaper headlines around the world that read, “Richard Dix May Follow Path of Valentino: Film Star Close to Death.” He had an appendectomy that went horribly wrong and almost died.
Richard Dix survived his brush with death, and made his first ‘talkie’ with Paramount, which promptly released him after everyone agreed that his voice was not leading-man material. The rest of his career was mostly spent making ‘B’ movies, like this one. However, many ‘B’ movies are excellent stories, filmed with skill, using great actors, like this movie.
Richard Dix is John Bonniwell, a cowboy wandering north looking for work. He has just arrived in the little town of Broken Lance, and as he is walking down the street, Jesse James and his gang ride into town shooting their way to the town bank. The wandering cowboy pulls out his gun and kills several of the James gang before Jesse turns tail and rides out of town.
Unfortunately, the cowboy has been shot four times and is near death. Fortunately for him, the wealthy town banker has him put into the town hospital and given the best care, at the banker’s expense. Several days later, as the cowboy finally wakes up, he sees the face of Jane Wyatt, as Eleanor Sager, owner of the town hotel. The cowboy also hears a lot of cheering and celebration outside, and he asks the lady what the celebration is about.
The lady tells him that the town is celebrating the election of a new town Marshal. The cowboy smiles and listens to the voices of the celebrating townsfolk. Suddenly he hears his name being shouted, and he discovers that for his bravery in fighting off the James Gang, the town has elected him to be the new Marshall. Our cowboy will accept the job, but he will also discover that the biggest outlaw in the territory is the man he is working for. 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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