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Cinematography (feature film)
"Listen: Billie Pilgrim has come unstuck in time." The opening words of the famous novel are the quickest summary of this haunting, funny film. Director Hill faithfully renders for the screen Vonnegut's obsessive story of Pilgrim, whosurvives the 1945 firebombing of Dresden, then lives simultaneously in his pastas a young American POW, in the future as a well-cared-for resident of a zoo on the planet Tralfamadore, and in the present as a middle-aged optometrist in Ilium, N.Y.
A crusading newspaperman fights to save his paper from a hostile takeover.
When a man sent to prison for murder escapes while being transferred, Rocky is sent to bring him in. When he catches him in a ghost town the man claims to be innocent and was trying to clear himself by finding the stolen money that was never recoveded at the time of the killing. But then they find themselves prisoners of an outlaw gang that is also after the money.
Arthur Cameron (Pierre Watkin) has spent many years establishing the mountain forest community of New Horizon for underprivileged boys. His chief assistant is Hattie Hickory (Jane Darwell) who cooks and acts as a foster mother for the boy. The property is in danger of reverting to Julie Westcott (Jeff Donnell), whose father Sam Westcott (Bob Burns) has recently being killed by riding his horse into a rope stretched across the trail, and she believes the New Horizon boys to be responsible. She is determined to end the Cameron project and to sell the property to lumber king Bart Bryant (Joseph Granby). Actually behind the trouble is her attorney, Craig Danvers (Marten Lamont), who is in debt to Bryant, who has agreed to take the New Horizon property in payment of the debt. Danvers, with the help of his henchmen Curley (John Cason) and Lush Mason (Robert W. Wood), pulled off the killing through one of the New Horizon boys, Two-Bits (Jimmy Ogg), who just thought he was playing a trick on Westcott. Into this situation rides Rex Allen (Rex Allen), a young official of the American Forestry League, and his sidekick "Alfalfa" Donahue (billed as Carl Switzer).
Under the leadership of a cutthroat named Grif (Dick Curtis), a band of outlaws has systematically been robbing and murdering settlers bound for the large Chandler ranch which has been cut up into small parcels of land for purchase. The postmaster, and operator of the Three Monkeys Saloon, Harvey Grimes (Alex Gerry) opens all mail addressed to Nugget Clark (Eddy Waller), foreman of the Chandler ranch, and is able to tell who is coming to buy land. He passes the information along to the outlaws and they bring their hauls back to him. Some of the settlers are clients of the Mohican Insurance Company, which sends their ace agent, Rocky Lane (Allan Lane) to investigate. Rocky finds a piece of a watch fob that links Brag (Pierce Lyden), one of Grif's men, to the recent killing of a settler. When Brag becomes unduly nervous, Grif shoots him and lays the blame on Rocky, posing as an itinerant cowhand. Roy Chandler (Byron Barr), heir to the Chandler ranch, is a witness and is kidnapped and held captive in a hideout. Rocky reveals his true identity to Nugget and Gail Warren (Lyn Thomas), who innocently puts his life in danger just as he is about to unravel the mail-tampering scheme.
Roy is a United States Marshal tracking down a counterfeiting ring and hunting down a mountain lion. Songs: "It's One Wonderful Day," "Rootin' Tootin' Cowboy," "Pancho's Rancho" and the title song.
Roy is an insurance investigator looking into the theft of uranium ore. He must prevent the thieves from taking off in a plane with the stolen ore. It includes the songs "Bells of Coronado," "Got No Time for the Blues," and "Save a Smile for a Rainy Day."
Treasury agents join a traveling circus to catch a band of gold robbers.
Retired actor Jack Holt is raising Christmas trees for sale at a cost which permits every family to have one. A commericial tree company tries to drive Holt out of business. Roy saves the day, of course. Songs include: "Home Town Jubilee," "Get a Christmas Tree for Johnny," and "Ev'ry Day is Christmas in the West." A slew of old-tiome cowboys guest star.
Arizona Territory is in the grip of outlaw terror and killer outlaws, secretly organized by Hulon Champion (Roy Barcroft), who covers his power ambitions with the guise of a respectable firearms merchant. Newspaper editor Fred Gately is killed by Champion's henchman Curt Watson (Lane Bradford) when Gatley makes a public appeal to the President of the United States on the front page of his Bolton City News. After his death, his daughter Ann (Kay Christopher) and his assistant Nugget Clark (Eddy Waller) carry on his efforts and are rewarded when they receive word that the President will journey to the territory in response to their plea. Champion immediately sets in motion a scheme to assassinate the President by putting himself in the good graces of Major Oliver Duncan (William Ruhl) who is to facilitate the trip. Champion's henchmen intercept and wipe out the detail led by Lt. John Case (Richard Emory), Ann's sweetheart, who is bearing sealed orders regarding the trip. He pins suspicion on Case. Rocky Lane (Allan Lane), a lieutenant in the U.S. Cavalry Intelligence, working incognito, is riding to deliver a map of the secret route and is attacked by Watson, but escapes. Rocky then begins to uncover Champion's trail of deceit and villainy, but Champion is still loose to make an attempt on the President's life.
U.S. marshal sets out to end an insurance scam: salesmen provide cowtown folk with insurance against outlaw activity, outlaws who work for the insurance salesmen.
The Jewel Land Company of Elko, Texas is selling Government land to settlers. Before any of the settlers can claim their land, they are being killed by McCabe's gang. When Rocky comes to Elko to find his friend Jim, he winds up in Jail on a charge of stealing money from the new Marshal. The only person in town that is on his side is Nugget, but there is little that he can do by himself. When Rocky escapes from the jail with another prisoner and the Marshal is shot, he has to find who is behind his problems and what has happened to Jim and Emily.
Deputy Marshal Rocky Lane is sent to Dry Wells to bring in Wyoming Dan. He arrives just after a robbery where a man has been killed. He then finds Wyoming only to learn that the murdered man was Wyoming's son. Instead of bringing him in, the two join up and go after the killer.
Outlaw gangs are plundering the freight lines that bring supplies into Yellow Creek. The only thing that will save the town is the insurance money on the freight, but the outlaws are looking to steal that also. Lane comes to town as the best man for the wedding of Tom and Judy, but it will be up to him to find the outlaw boss.
Otis Jones (Al Pearce), a small-town printer, has a fixation with the study of mental telepathy, and lives for the day when he can meet the top exponent of his hobby, The Great Martine (Alan Mowbray). A bolt of lightning hits him, giving him the real power of reading people's minds. When his daughter, Jill (Janet Martin), and her rich young fiancee, Bud Wheeling (Byron S. Barr), become involved in a scheme with the plotting Martine, he is able to make use of his newly-found power.
Rocky and the Land agent riders need to get an important message to the Army post. The message is stolen but Rocky knows one of the four men on the stagecoach has it. When Rocky and the four get trapped in a shack by the outlaw gang, he learns that one of the four is the gang leader. Rocky has to learn his identity and retrieve the message
When Border Patrol Lieut. Roberts is killed, it appears that his brother Tim was the killer. To clear the Robert's name for his boss, Lieut. Rocky Lane heads south of the border posing as an outlaw. He hopes to get in with the gang and find Tim who is using an assumed name. As always, Nugget is there to help.
As a valuable Indian tribal belt is being brought to the Indian Agent, Rocky Lane breaks up an attack on the courier. When the courier dies, Rocky delivers the belt to the Agent. But he quickly finds himself arrested for murder and learns not only is the belt missing, but the murdered Agent is not the man he gave the belt to.
A dagger has been left in every robbery by Walter Durant, fugitive leader of the President Lincoln murder ring. Rocky is sent to Santa Fe to find Durant and arrest him and the gang of outlaws he controls. Rocky soon finds that the information for every robbery comes from Tom, who is the son of the sheriff. But Rocky has to arrest the whole gang, and he does not know who is part of the gang and where Durant may be hiding.
Monte Hale (Monte Hale), cowboy creator of the popular comic strip featuring "Outlaw", the wild horse,is as fond of the real horse as his thousands of fans are of the comic strip version. When unscrupulous rodeo promoter Colonel Winthrop (Ferris Taylor) gets the idea of capturing "Outlaw" and making him a show horse, his niece Kay North (Adrian Booth) tricks Monte into believing she is a writer assigned to do an article on the real horse. With her help, Winthrop's henchmen Tracy (Bud Geary) and Lafe (Kenne Duncan) capture the horse, thus leaving unprotected the colt, "Shadow", and the herd of mares, against the wild animals who attack them when their protector is missing. Furious at the theft of the horse, Monte goes to the Winthrop Rodeo and, with the help of his kid sister, Ginny (Jo Ann Marlowe) and Locoweed (Emmett Lynn), an elderly comic-strip fan, rescues the horse.
Ace Diamond (James Craven) and Bill Clinker (Rex Lease) frame Sunset Carson (Sunset Carson) for the murder of a young rancher, Jim Owens (Jay Kirby as Jay Kirby). Sunset and his sidekick, Banty McCade (Tom London) escape and ride to the Owen's ranch to aid Jim's sister Molly (Peggy Stewart) in her fight to hold the ranch from being taken over by town banker Jacob Lewis (Edmund Cobb), secretly in cahoots with Diamond; both men are aware that an assay report indicates there is gold on the Owens property.
The Duchess (Martha Wentworth), the aunt of Red Ryder (Allan Lane), comes to town to protect her property. Crawford (Barton MacLane), a town big-shot behind an outlaw gang, tries to prevent her from reaching her destination, but the attack is thwarted by Red. The latter is made town marshal, and when he gets too close to the truth and is making it too hot for the Crawford faction, Crawford has his henchman Luke (Dick Curtis) kidnap Red's Indian friend Little Beaver (Bobby Blake).
An interesting oddity in Republic's B-western series but certainly not the first or only time the studio used a movie set as the backdrop of a plot line. Newcomer Monte Hale (Monte Hale) is tying to just get a job in western films when he meet young Danny McCoy (Bobby Blake) and his sister Gloria (Adrian Booth). Danny is trying to get his horse, "Pardner" into films. Monte sings a song and "Pardner" does some tricks and a casting director notices. Monte gets a singing-cowboy role and the horse gets a bit, but there is an accidental explosion, engineered by western star George Sheridan (John Dehner), who is jealous of Monte, and the horse is badly scared and blows his lines. Monte takes care of Sheridan in some hand-to-hand fisticuffs and "Pardner", trouper that he is, recovers and performs as expected. Republic contractees Roy Rogers and Dale Evans drop by and sing a song while "Trigger" upstages "Pardner" with some tap-dancing, and Donald Barry and Allan Lane drop by and say 'hidy."
Cimarron is a wild town overrun by outlaws. Sunset, who was framed as a cattle rustler, has just been released from prison after 3 years when he winds up in Cimarron. On his first day there, he foils a robbery attempt of the express office and kills 2 of the 3 outlaws. The greatful town makes him sheriff and the next day, he foils another robbery of the gold in the express office. What Sunset does not know is that his brother Ted is the leader of the outlaws and was the one who framed him for the cattle rustling.
The land-rush opening of the Cherokee Strip brings in its wake a scattering of outlaws and claim jumpers. Among these is a crooked promoter. Trent Parker (Frank Jacquet), and his henchmen who plan a huge swindle by compiling falsified reports, putting the claims of honest settlers into the names of various henchmen. Clay Stevens (Allan Lane), a government agent posing as a drifting cowhand, advises the settlers to organize their resistance. Ben Jode (Roy Barcroft), the gang leader, runs for sheriff so he can gain full control of the town.
"Iron Mike" Haines (Tom Chatterton), a crooked sheriff, and "Hands" Weber (Roy Barcroft), the town blacksmith, are in cahoots and have been robbing stages, silver mines, etc., and framing innocent ranchers and cowhands with their deeds. They set out to rob the stage and frame Red Ryder (Bill Elliott as Wild Bill Elliott) for it, but the plan backfires and the sheriff is killed. The sheriff's son, Tommy (Jack McClendon), arrives home from college and is given his dad's job, not knowing he was a crook, and swears to get the man who killed him. Weber tells Tommy that Red killed his dad and Tommy sets out to get Red.
In flashback, Mr. Christi relates the story of his father Corpus Christi Jim. After robbing a stage, Jim and partners Rocky and Steve decide to go straight and return the money. But the fourth member of the gang, Spade refuses and leaves. The two former partners soon find themselves on opposite sides of the law.
When Sunset's brother is murdered, he quits the Rangers and heads out to find the killer. Posing as a prison escapee gets him into the secret hideout of the gang he suspects. He shows the murder bullet to the gunsmith. But the gunsmith, to satisfy a personal grudge, identifies his enemy instead as the owner of the murder weapon.
In Chicago, Red catches the crook Bull and his two young accomplices. Hoping to reform the boys, he brings them back to the ranch. But upon returning he finds that part of the ranch has been burned and all the hands are quitting.
Bill Harmon (Allan Lane) receives a letter from his partner, Dave MacRoy (Bob Wilke) informing him of a rich gold strike in their California mine. Arriving there, Bill learns from elderly miner John Benton (Tom London) that Dave is dead and that he sold the mine at a strangely low price the night before his supposed accidental death. Good-natured and respected physician Doc Ryan (Roy Barcroft) shows Bill a check made out to and endorsed by Dave as full payment for the mine. But Doc becomes alarmed at Bill's suspicions and orders his henchmen to get rid of him. Red Synder (Bud Geary) picks a fight with Bill by insulting Benton's daughter Joan (Helen Talbot).In the gunfight that follows, Red is killed and through a trick, it is blamed as murder by Bill. He is jailed but escapes and interrupts a meeting between Doc and another secret member of his gang, Trigger Chandler (Kenne Duncan), the town gunsmith.
When the Sheriff of Las Vegas is killed in a bank holdup, Red Ryder is made the new Sheriff. His first problem arises when the Judge is shot and the Judge's son framed for the murder. Red knows the son is innocent from the type of bullet used and after hiding him from the lynch mob, sets a trap for the man he thinks is behind both the robbery and the murder.
An idealistic Senate replacement takes on political corruption.
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