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Boss of Bullion City (1940)

Approved | | Action, Comedy, Music | 1 March 1940 (USA)
A lawman sets out to disrupt the operations of a crooked town boss.


Ray Taylor


Arthur St. Claire (screenplay), Victor McLeod (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Johnny Mack Brown ... Tom Bryant
Fuzzy Knight ... Burt Pennypacker
Nell O'Day ... Martha Hadley
Maria Montez ... Linda Calhoun
Harry Woods ... Sheriff Jeff Salters
Melvin Lang ... Deputy Fred Wallace
Richard Alexander ... Steve Hogan (as Dick Alexander)
Earle Hodgins ... Mike Calhoun
Karl Hackett Karl Hackett ... Deputy Tug
George Humbert George Humbert ... Mario - Saloon Owner
The Guadalajara Trio The Guadalajara Trio ... Musicians


Tom Bryant opens up his newspaper business in the lawless town of Bullion City. When he suspects a gold shipment will be robbed, he beats the robbers to it. When the Sheriff slips and reveals he knows the robbers failed to get the gold, Tom realizes he is the boss. When Calhoun leaves on the stage with a large amount of cash, Tom and his men are ready for the expected robbery. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Release Date:

1 March 1940 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Performed by the Guadajara Trio
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Rootin' Tootin' Shootin' Newspaperman
16 November 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Boss Of Bullion City casts Johnny Mack Brown with sidekick Fuzzy Knight heading to Bullion City with the intention of setting up a newspaper. After a couple incidents, Brown's pretty convinced that the boss of the place and the sheriff Harry Woods are at the bottom of all the crime in the area. Now to prove it.

I saw a most abbreviated version of the film so going by what I did see it was rather sloppily put together. No doubt this was done for television. Possibly if an intact director's cut print is available it might raise Boss Of Bullion City a notch or two.

Johnny Mack Brown's southern drawl was right at home in westerns and he used to his best advantage. Fuzzy Knight who can be entertaining was singularly unfunny in this film. His encounter with a bear trap and dynamite was so inept I kept hoping he'd get blown up. Later when he's forced to ride bareback and smears glue on the horse's back so he can stay on smacked of cruelty to animals.

Still Johnny Mack Brown sits tall in the saddle with two leading ladies, Nell O'Day and Maria Montez before she went Middle Eastern. Fans of Brown should be pleased.

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