Song of the Trail
Cast & Crew
As cowboy Jim Carter prepares for the Dorcey City Rodeo, pretty Betty Hobson practices for the shooting match. Meanwhile, in his saloon, Bob Arnold lures Betty's father Ben, a compulsive gambler, into a card game in order to win the Hobson ranch and mine. Warned by Betty of Arnold's scheme, Jim interrupts the game just as Ben hands over his deed and discovers that Arnold has loaded the deck with five aces. When the sheriff upholds Arnold's innocence, Ben swears revenge. Ben engages Arnold's men, Stone and Curtis, in a shooting match, and after his opponents are shot, Ben is accused of murder. Meanwhile, Arnold refuses to pay his partner Miller and his men their share of a stash of $10,000 the gang won at poker, and insists the Hobson deed belongs to him alone. When the sheriff deputizes Miller's men to find Ben, Jim and his friend Fuzzy apprehend them, but back at the saloon, the men beat Jim and take him hostage. Fuzzy escapes and joins Betty, who dresses him as her father to bait Miller's men. Meanwhile, Ben, who has retrieved his deed from Arnold's safe and is hiding in a cabin, is wounded with the same kind of bullet that killed Stone and Curtis. He is unable to name his assailant, however. Two hours later, all converge at the hideout, where the sheriff plans to hear Ben's indictment of the murderer. Jim, meanwhile, rigs an empty bed to look as if Ben is asleep in it, and catches Arnold as he again attempts to kill Ben. Jim chases Arnold to town, where Arnold empties his safe, and when Miller's men arrive demanding their money, he shoots them. On his way out of town, Arnold attacks Jim on his horse, but Jim beats him badly. Back at the Hobson ranch, Betty and Jim kiss.
The title card for this film reads "James Oliver Curwood's Song of the Trail." Although Motion Picture Almanac gives a release date of February 24, 1936, this film was released in New York for one day on December 18, 1936. Although a copyright statement appears on the film, none is listed in U.S. copyright records. Maurice and Didheart Conn were brother and sister. Modern sources add Robert McKenzie (Bartender), Frank McCarroll and Artie Ortego to the cast.