Prairie Pals (September 4, 1942)

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Cowboy Rambler Bill Boyd in Prairie Pals
 

Released on September 4, 1942: Three prairie pals bust up a gangster plot to make synthetic gold out of vanadium ore.

Directed by Sam Newfield

The Actors: Art Davis (Deputy Marshal Art Davis), Bill 'Cowboy Rambler' Boyd (Deputy Marshal Bill Boyd), Lee Powell (Marshal Lee Powell), Esther Estrella (Betty Wainwright), Charles King (Mitchell), John Merton (Ed Blair), Jack Holmes (Mr. Wainwright), Kermit Maynard (henchman Crandall), I. Stanford Jolley (Ace Shannon), Bob Burns (deputy), Art Dillard (barfly), Bert Dillard (mine guard), Curley Dresden (henchman), Frank Ellis (henchman), Morgan Flowers (barfly), Karl Hackett (Sheriff), Jack Kenney (barfly), Carl Mathews (henchman), Frank McCarroll (henchman), George Morrell (townsman), Tex Palmer (wagon driver), Bill Patton (townsman), Al St. John (Hank Stoner), Al Taylor (rancher).

 

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Yes, this is an old-fashioned cowboy adventure molded in the style of the westerns from the golden age of westerns in the 1930's, but it was updated with a plot out of 1942. Much of the world economy was tied to gold until 1933 when President Roosevelt signed a law passed by congress removing the link between the amount of gold that the government owned with the amount of money that it could print. That was the year that the U.S. minted its final legal tender gold coin. But Gold remained firmly linked to our monetary system until 1960 when the U.S. government officially stopped trying to keep the price fixed at $35 an ounce. So here we are in 1942 - The U.S. had recently entered World War II with all of its energy and efforts. In an attempt to encourage mining of the metals needed for the war effort, the government forced all the gold mines in the country to shut down. All of a sudden there was a panic over gold, and gold became the stuff of stories . . . like this one. This cowboy western mixed the glitter of gold with a bit of science fiction by having our outlaws kidnap a chemist who had a formula for turning the mineral vanadium into synthetic gold. While it was forbidden to mine for gold, it was alright to mine for vanadium, and then turn it into gold! Our three cowboy heroes, two of them fine singers to boot, infiltrate the gang and in traditional cowboy style infiltrate the gang and clean up the town with the nearby deposits of vanadium. Grab you white kernel popcorn with warm melted butter and enjoy the fist fighting, horseback riding, shoot 'em up cowboys of the wild, wild west.

Art Davis
Art Davis
Bill Boyd and Art Davis
Bill Boyd and Art Davis
Charles King and Esther Estrella
Charles King and Esther Estrella
Charles King and I. Stanford Jolley
Charles King and I. Stanford Jolley
Charles King and I. Stanford Jolley
Charles King and I. Stanford Jolley
Charles King and Lee Powell
Charles King and Lee Powell
Esther Estrella
Esther Estrella
I. Stanford Jolley
I. Stanford Jolley
Jack Holmes
Jack Holmes
Jack Holmes
Jack Holmes
Karl Hackett and Lee Powell
Karl Hackett and Lee Powell
Karl Hackett
Karl Hackett
Lee Powell
Lee Powell