Albuquerque - Dead Freight for Piute
Now how I see it, a man's got so many fights to fight, and so many ladies to please, before old age then settles in. But as for me on the other hand -- Ha! -- I seem to be doing alright so far.
Hello. My name is Cole Armin (Randolph Scott). And at the moment I'm doing everything in my power to stop my evil Uncle, John Armin (George Cleveland), from messing about with the good townspeople of
For instance, when he secretly orchestrates a high-way robbery -- POW! -- I find a way of returning these ill gotten gains back to the rightful owner. And then, when I start a new freight firm with my gal-pal, Celia Wallace (Catherine Craig) -- BANG! -- I manage to stop him from bothering our business with my old buddy, Juke (Gabby Hayes).
Granted, Uncle John doesn't make it any easier for me because we're kin. Hell no! One way or another he always seems to find a way to sneak and slide out of trouble thanks to his pocket sheriff, Ed Linton (as Bernard J. Nedell), or his trusted-henchman, Steve Murkil (Lon Chaney, Jr.).
Then again, that's most probably explains why what next transpires kicks off when Letty Tyler (Barbara Britton) strolls on into town. As a ploy look as if it might work - a courtroom is full of a childish quirk - an expedition ends up going berserk - and as high noon rises, quite a bit of shooting finishes with a smirk.
Now on the surface, '
is the type of western that appears to have it all. You've got the all-American
hero. You've got the pretty damsels in distress. You've got the token comedic
foil. You've got the cinematic landscapes. Plus you've got all that good is
good, and bad is bad, stuff, thrown in for good measure.
Admittedly. I suppose the first thing I wasn't very keen on was how each of the characters came across rather one-dimensional in tone. With each of them not having that 'true grit' swagger I'm sort of used to seeing within this type of production. Also, another thing I wasn't too happy about; would have to be its 'peachy keen' attitude and demeanor towards itself. Compiled with a story-line that was a bit... errr... hit and miss in retrospect.
I mean, just tale a look at how this movie is structured for instance. It starts off with a five minute high-way robbery which introduces some of the principle characters. Then there is a ten minute sequence where this aforementioned robbery is figured out by the main-lead and his side-kick. And after that, there is a rather hodgepodge affair involving associations and a business that keeps on getting shagged by the main villain of this piece.
Hey. Don't get me wrong. '
wasn't all down hill, folks. On occasion there were a couple of jovial and more
connective scenes I loved watching. Like those scenes with Gabby Hayes or that
little girl in for instance. Furthermore, here and there, there were also some
nice character-building moments that pushed this piece further up in my own
estimations. Like the courthouse scene. Or those 'romantic interludes'.
All in all '
is a film that's both mumbled in plot and stilted in execution. Try to think of it
as piece of writing paper. OK? It has a job to do, folks, and it does it to the
best of its ability. Yet there aren't any bells or whistles tacked on for good measure,
just the faint whiff of wholesome cheesiness wafting in the breeze.
THE RATING: B-