Cattle Stampede (August 16, 1943)
Released on August 16, 1943: Billy the Kid and Fuzzy help some ranchers who are being rustled and cheated by Boss Coulter.
Produced by Sigmund Neufeld
Directed by Sam Newfield
Written by Joseph O'Donnell
The Actors: Buster Crabbe (Billy the Kid), Al St. John (Fuzzy Q. Jones), Frances Gladwin (Mary Dawson), Charles King (henchman Brandon), Ed Cassidy (Sam Dawson), Hansel Warner (Ed Dawson), Ray Bennett (Stone), Frank Ellis (henchman Elkins), Steve Clark (henchman Turner), Roy Brent (henchman Slater), John Elliott (Doctor George Arnold), Budd Buster (rancher Jensen), Ted Adams (townsman), Hank Bell (stagecoach driver), Roy Bucko (henchman), Tex Cooper (townsman), Art Dillard (henchman), Curley Dresden (henchman), Herman Hack (Dawson cowhand), Reed Howes (Dan Kelly), Ray Jones (spectator), Carl Mathews (henchman), Frank McCarroll (brawler), George Morrell (rancher), Edward Peil Sr. (banker), Rose Plumer (townswoman), Hal Price (townsman), Glenn Strange (boss Coulter), Wally West (rider)
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The Good, The Bad . . . and the Funny
Okay, it is official . . . my all-time favorite cowboy bad guy is Charles King. After watching more than a score of cowboy adventures featuring Mr. King as one of the bad guys, I am convinced that he is about as dangerous as a big fluffy teddy bear.
Hard as he tries to be nasty, his soft and gentle character always shows through. Now, my favorite cowboy side-kick and comedy relief character . . . Without any debate it must be Al 'Fuzzy' St. John, the veteran of the earliest silent movies who managed to have an even bigger career in sound flicks.
In this wild and woolly adventure bad guy Charles King and funny side-kick Fuzzy St. John meet and challenge each other very early on. In almost all of his movies Fuzzy is the affable side kick who watches the hero do all the fighting, but in this adventure he matches wits with Charles King and manages to make a fool out of him, winding up by deftly shooting King's gun out of his hand when he tries to shoot Fuzzy.
Wow, what a battle between my two favorite cowboy characters . . . while I enjoyed all of this story, I found myself returning to that opening scene and watching Fuzzy vs. Charles King again and again. What a hoot! See if you don't agree that this scene is one that you will not soon forget. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Al 'Fuzzy' St. Johnn and Buster Crabbe
Fuzzy St. John and Buster Crabbe
Buster Crabbe, as Billy the Kid, holds up the stage
Buster Crabbe and Fuzzy St. John
Buster Crabbe and Frances Gladwin
Charles King, Frank Ellis and Glenn Strange
Charles King and Fuzzy St. John
Ed Cassidy and Al St. John
Ed Cassidy and Frances Gladwin
Frances Gladwin and Ed Cassidy
Frances Gladwin and Glenn Strange
Frances Gladwin, Roy Brent and Glenn Strange
Frances Gladwin on the stage coach
Frank Ellis and Glenn Strange
Glenn Strange and Buster Crabbe
Glenn Strange and Roy Brent
Roy Brent and Steve Clark
Reed Howes and Budd Buster