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Powdersmoke Range (1935)

New ranch owners Tucson, Stony, and Lullaby find their legal papers missing and cattle rustled. The culprit is Ogden and his stooge Deputy Glascow. When the trio fight back, Ogden brings in... See full summary »

Director:

Wallace Fox

Writers:

Adele Buffington (screen play), William Colt MacDonald (from the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Carey ... Tucson Smith
Hoot Gibson ... Stony Brooke
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Lullaby Joslin (as Guinn Williams)
Bob Steele ... Jeff Ferguson - aka Guadalupe Kid
Tom Tyler ... Sundown Saunders
Boots Mallory ... Carolyn Sibley (as 'Boots' Mallory)
Ray Mayer Ray Mayer ... Chan Bell
Sam Hardy ... Big Steve Ogden
Adrian Morris Adrian Morris ... Deputy Brose Glascow
Buzz Barton ... Buck
Hal Taliaferro ... Aloysius 'Bud' Taggart (as Wally Wales)
Art Mix ... Rube Phelps
Jay Wilsey ... Tex Malcolm (as Buffalo Bill Jr.)
Buddy Roosevelt ... Barnett - Henchman
Franklyn Farnum ... Jim Reece
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Storyline

New ranch owners Tucson, Stony, and Lullaby find their legal papers missing and cattle rustled. The culprit is Ogden and his stooge Deputy Glascow. When the trio fight back, Ogden brings in Saunders, the fastest gun around who Tucson agrees to meet at sundown. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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R-K-O Radio Action-Drama with ALL the screen's red-blooded he-men in an outdoor epic of thrills and excitement! (original print ad) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Duelo de Valentes See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This filming of the William Colt MacDonald novel would lead to the popular The Three Mesquiteers series which was based on the same three main characters in this film. See more »

Quotes

Sundown Saunders: You're lower than a rattler.
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Soundtracks

Oh! Susanna
(1848) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Played as background music over the opening credits
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They Buy The Ranch, Not The Farm
12 June 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

It has a great leading trio of Harry Carey, Hoot Gibson and "Big Boy" Williams, with a fine supporting cast, including Bob Steele, Tom Tyler, and Sam Hardy. It's beautifully photographed by Harold Wenstrom in that wide-shot style that early RKO westerns used. The story is an early "Three Mesquiteers" one by William Colt MacDonald, years before it became a series for Republic and turned to mush. Me, I have trouble with the pacing of the movie.

Our lead trio -- Carey, Gibson and Williams -- have some reward money in the bank, and receive word they have bought a ranch. When they show up, they discover that the town and countryside is controlled by Sam Hardy, who has an awful lot of money, a bar, and is paying off deputy Adrian Moriss. The three ranch owners won't put up with nonsense, so Hardy hires Tom Tyler to kill Gibson, convinced the others are just comic relief.

It's a fine framework for a western movie, but the script appears to have been cut down from a fairly complex novel, or perhaps the subplots were cut short in the editor's booth, to be just raised and solved. In addition, I thought the dialogue pacing poor, which falls at the feet of director Wallace Fox. Much about this movie remains good enough to make it a good B Western, but not one of the best.


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