Rustler's Roundup


57m 1946

Brief Synopsis

While using the same title as a 1933 Universal film starring Tom Mix, this one combines elements of two Johnny Mack Brown Universal westerns, "Law and Order-1940" and "The Silver Bullet-1942", with the story stress on "Law and Order." The "Vote For Cal Dixon" song is the same as "The Vote For Emily Morgan" song in "The Silver Bullet". while the Cal Dixon name comes from a character in "Law and Order." In this one, Bob Bryan (Kirby Grant) has a marshal's badge pinned to his chest, and with the aid of his pal, Pinkerton J. "Pinky" Pratt (Fuzzy Knight),proceeds to clean up the murder-and-rustling operations in a town ran by a trio of outlaw brothers (Frank Marlo, Edmund Cobb and Ethan Laidlaw), who are basically the same as the Northup brothers from the 1932 "Law and Order" and the Daggett brothers from the 1940 "Law and Order", only they are now known as the Todds.

Film Details

Release Date
Aug 9, 1946
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
57m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Film Length
6 reels

Synopsis

In order to elude a gang of men who are chasing him, gambler Jefferson "Faro" King jumps from his horse into a moving stagecoach. The gang, led by Louie Todd, soon overtakes the coach, but rifle-wielding passenger Bob Ryan prevents Louie, who has accused Faro of cheating at cards, from taking Faro prisoner. Upon arriving in the town of Rawhide, Bob and fellow passenger Pinkerton J. "Pinky" Pratt, a bumbling private detective, encounter feisty rancher Josephine Fremont as she tries to drum up last-minute support for Cal Dixon, who is running for sheriff against the corrupt incumbent, Fin Elder. After Elder wins the rigged election, which is being held in the town saloon, he arrests Faro at the poker table on orders from Louie and his two brothers, Vic and Jules. When Cal denounces the Todds as rustlers, Jules shoots him in cold blood but claims self-defense. Although Jo's father Tom insists that Cal was reaching for his tobacco pouch and not a gun when Jules fired on him, Elder slips a gun into Cal's hand in full view of Tom, Jo, Bob, Pinky and others. The next morning, both Faro and Jules are put on trial in the saloon. Despite attempts by Judge Wayne to conduct a fair trial, Elder handpicks the jury, who quickly find Faro guilty and Jules innocent. Afterward, the judge asks Bob, a retired marshal known for cleaning up Deadwood, to take up his badge once more, but Bob, whose goal is to settle down on a cattle ranch, declines. Later, as the Todd brothers are rustling some of the Fremont herd, they are spotted by Tom. Before Tom can report the theft, Vic, hidden on a hill above Tom's ranch house, shoots him. While fleeing the scene, however, Vic stumbles and falls, cracking the grip of his gun on the ground. Tom dies without implicating the Todds, but Bob finds a slug and casings from Vic's gun, as well as the broken-off piece from the gun's handle. Bob then sees Vic exiting the gunsmith's shop and tricks the gunsmith into revealing what kind of gun Vic uses and that he recently had replaced Vic's grip. After the gunsmith gives Bob the other half of the broken grip, Bob approaches Elder with his collected evidence. When Elder refuses to arrest Vic, Bob instructs the judge to swear him in as marshal and make Pinky his deputy. Bob and Pinky arrest Vic and place him in Elder's jail, next to Faro. Citing a law that grants judges the right to choose the location of their trials, Bob then instructs Wayne to hold Vic's trial at a ranch, instead of the saloon. Fearing that a jury picked from among a group of ranchers will convict Vic, Louie, Jules and their gang surround the jail to prevent Bob and Pinky from delivering Vic. Jo alerts the judge of the Todds's actions, however, and the ranchers race to town to confront them. At the jail, meanwhile, Pinky frees Faro so that he can join in the battle against the rustlers. In the confusion, Vic escapes, but Bob pursues and recaptures him. Faro then shoots down Louie, and now vastly outnumbered, Jules and the gang surrender to Pinky and the ranchers. With the arrest of the rustlers, Bob looks forward to his peaceful ranch life.

Film Details

Release Date
Aug 9, 1946
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
57m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Film Length
6 reels

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Notes

Modern sources add Artie Ortego, Kermit Maynard and Carl Mathews to the cast.