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« on: October 31, 2011, 08:55:51 PM »

just saw "The Man from Tumbleweeds" (1940) on Encore Westerns. 5/10

Cast (courtesy of imdb)

Bill Elliott    ...   Wild Bill Saunders
    Iris Meredith    ...   'Spunky' Cameron
    Dub Taylor    ...   Cannonball
    Ray Bennett    ...   Powder Kilgore (as Raphael Bennett)
    Francis Walker    ...   Lightning Barlow
    Ernie Adams    ...   Ranger "Shifty Sheldon' Dixon
    Al Hill    ...   Ranger Honest John Webster
    Stanley Brown    ...   Ranger Slash
    Richard Fiske    ...   Henchman 'Kid' Dixon
    Edward LeSaint    ...   Jeff Cameron
    Don Beddoe    ...   Governor Dawson

One of those early, short (in this case, 59 minutes) b&w Westerns which are utterly pointless. No reason to watch other than pure boredom and to be amused at how bad this is. To be honest, this one was less bad than some others, and the time moved quickly.

I mean, it's like you have the NICE guy hero. The fastest gun, and also the nicest guy, of course (wears a black hat, btw). The catchphrase from the movie: "I'm a peaceable man." He is perfectly good, and the bad guys are perfectly evil, of course. It's good vs. evil, straightforward. Virtually no plot twists of any sort.

Some of dialogue is laughable. eg.: Bad guys take hostage; they make a plan of action; hostage recommends a different plan. "Hey, lady, that's good thinking. Let's do that!"

That sort of stuff is what this movie is amde of. I just think of it as a comedy and I'm amused.

Generally, I have no problem turning off a movie the moment I realize I won't enjoy it. But these are so short, that by the time you decide it's horrible, it's already almost over, so you finish watching just for the hell of it (and so you can create a topic for a new movie on these boards  Wink)

Luckily, back then, when they made bad movies, they at least had the courtesy to keep 'em in the 60-minute range  Wink

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