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Gangster's Den (June 14, 1945)

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Al St. John in Gangster's Den
 

Released on June 14, 1945: Fuzzy buys the town saloon because there may be a profitable gold mine in the padlocked basement.

Produced by Sigmund Neufeld

Directed by Sam Newfield

The Actors: Buster Crabbe (Billy Carson), Al St. John (Fuzzy Jones), Sydney Logan (Ruth Lane), Charles King (Butch, Fuzzy's bodyguard), Emmett Lynn (Webb, aka Webfoot), Kermit Maynard (henchman Curt), Ed Cassidy (Sheriff Jim), I. Stanford Jolley (lawyer Horace Black), George Chesebro (henchman Dent), Karl Hackett (bar owner Taylor), Michael Owen (Ruth's brother Jimmy), Jimmy Aubrey (henchman), Fox O'Callahan (barfly), Horace B. Carpenter (barfly), John L. Cason (henchman Burke), Steve Clark (Taylor's bartender), Victor Cox (barfly), Rube Dalroy (barfly), Bert Dillard (Flatnose, saloon brawler), Jack Evans (barfly), Morgan Flowers (gambler), Art Fowler (gambler), Herman Hack (mine guard), Milton Kibbee (barfly), Cactus Mack (fight spectator), Frank McCarroll (gambler), Art Mix (barfly), Jack Montgomery (gambler), Artie Ortego (townsman), Matty Roubert (barfly), Wally West (Jim, deputy serving papers)

 

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The Secret in the Locked Basement

Well now . . . This is not your average cowboy western adventure. Since the beginning of motion picture history cowboy stories have entertained us, and the golden years of the 1930's and 1940's were the best ever. Almost every story had a tall, handsome, fast-shooting, fist-fighting hero, and every hero had a humorous side-kick to bring a bit of a smile into the dark world of cowboy crime. Of course there was always one pretty girl in the story . . . . . I've often thought that all those cowboys must have been pretty frustrated with only one pretty girl around dozens of cowhands, heroes and villains. . . . I hope that in the real West there were a few more pretty girls than in the cowboy stories . . . . No wonder the cowboys were so close to their horses . . . . . A man would be hung immediately for stealing a horse, but killing someone in a fair fight was just entertainment before dinner. . . . . Anyway . . . . . . This story pairs Buster Crabbe and Al 'Fuzzy' St. John together again, but the roles are reversed. Buster Crabbe, as Billy Carson, I would guess has only about half the screen time and dialogue as Fuzzy does, and the main part of the story revolves around Fuzzy, not Buster Crabbe and the pretty girl. Another twist that cowboy fans may recognize is the part of Charles King, who was a villain/henchman in more cowboy movies than there are kernels of popcorn in the big bucket from the movie theater lobby. In this story he is not a henchman or villain, but he is . . . . . . . . Wait for it, this will be good . . . . . . Usual henchman Charles King is the comedy relief for Fuzzy . . . . . Yup . . . . . He is the hot-drinking barfly who Fuzzy hires to be his bodyguard, and he is funnier than most of the movie comedians of the day. You don't need me to tease you about the story line to get you interested, the plot is only the vehicle to bring the smiles, and the gun-fights, fist fights and killings are just the 'drama relief' for the comedy of Fuzzy, Webfoot and Charles King. Oh, and the secret in the locked basement? Is it the saloon owner's mother-in-law? Is it a profitable gold mine? Saloon owner Old Man Taylor whispers it into Fuzzy's ear, but we won't find out until the final scene. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Al St. John
Al St. John
Al St. John and Buster Crabbe
Al St. John and Buster Crabbe
Al St. John and Charles King
Al St. John and Charles King
Al St. John and Ed Cassidy
Al St. John and Ed Cassidy
Al St. John flipping flap jacks
Al St. John flipping flap jacks
Buster Crabbe
Buster Crabbe
Buster Crabbe, Emmett Lynn and Al St. John
Buster Crabbe, Emmett Lynn and Al St. John
Buster Crabbe
Buster Crabbe
Charles King
Charles King
Charles King and Al St. John
Charles King and Al St. John
Charles King
Charles King
Edward Cassidy
Edward Cassidy
Emmett Lynn and Al St. John
Emmett Lynn and Al St. John
Emmett Lynn and Al St. John
Emmett Lynn and Al St. John
George Chesebro and Buster Crabbe
George Chesebro and Buster Crabbe
George Chesebro and I. Stanford Jolley
George Chesebro and I. Stanford Jolley
George Chesebro
George Chesebro
Herman Hack and Al St. John
Herman Hack and Al St. John
Herman Hack and Buster Crabbe
Herman Hack and Buster Crabbe
I. Stanford Jolley and Al St. John
I. Stanford Jolley and Al St. John
I Stanford Jolley and Michael Owen
I Stanford Jolley and Michael Owen
I. Stanford Jolley
I. Stanford Jolley
John L. Cason and I. Stanford Jolley
John L. Cason and I. Stanford Jolley
John L. Cason
John L. Cason
Karl Hackett and Al St. John
Karl Hackett and Al St. John
Karl Hackett and I. Stanford Jolley
Karl Hackett and I. Stanford Jolley
Kermit Maynard
Kermit Maynard
Kermit Maynard and I. Stanford Jolley
Kermit Maynard and I. Stanford Jolley
Kermit Maynard and John L. Cason
Kermit Maynard and John L. Cason
Kermit Maynard
Kermit Maynard
Steve Clark, Al St. John and Buster Crabbe
Steve Clark, Al St. John and Buster Crabbe
Steve Clark and Al St. John
Steve Clark and Al St. John
Sydney Logan and Michael Owen
Sydney Logan and Michael Owen
Sydney Logan
Sydney Logan
Sydney Logan
Sydney Logan
Wally West
Wally West