Day 2 was another overly productive day. Don't worry, I'm not going to keep up this pace for the entire month. At least I'm able to scratch off a few obscure Bob Steele films today.
9. Red River Robin Hood (1942, Lesley Selander)
--- Tim Holt & Cliff Edwards go working for the bad man to expose him. Fine and unremarkable vehicle for Holt, where Edwards was the right man to shake the mood around with comedy and song. Still only a mild joy, as these westerns weren't meant for anything more.
10. Fighting Frontier (1943, Lambert Hillyer)
--- Not anything special, but Fighting Frontier (1943) was a easy watch. Kept the pace up with the action and Tim Holt had Cliff Edwards with him to cheer things up. Typical B-western stuff.
11. Sagebrush Law (1943, Sam Nelson)
--- One of the funnier Tim Holt westerns, thanks to Cliff Edwards being on for and rather slick at shooting! Weird to think that this was toward the end of his movie career. Of course he would come back and make a few random appearances the next decades, and continuing being the voice of Jiminy Cricket, which he's most known for today, but as far as making half-a-dozen screen roles a year, that was over with 1943. Shame, I love the dude!
12. Saddles and Sagebrush (1943, William Berke)
--- Fairly packed Russell Hayden vehicle with country music star Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys coming to the aid. Run-of-the-mill cowboy stuff, so hardly anything original or great about it, but there wasn't any dull parts.
13. Valley of Hunted Men (1942, John English)
--- This felt weird. The 1942 version of the Three Mesquiteers are hunting for Nazis out on the range! Bizarre western/propaganda clash which is only appealing for it's ridiculous concept. It's still a real cheap poverty row style western, and it's clear Republic Pictures aren't even throwing much money into this franchise.
14. Near the Rainbow's End (1930, J.P. McGowan)
- FIRST CHECK!
--- Bob Steele sings in his first ever talkie! More like second harmony than taking the vocal lead, but still a interesting tidbit. Bob was forced into singing later in his career when the singing cowboy was the thing, as it was awkward in every sense, but at least in this rough early sound era relic the attempt feels kind of sweet. Still it's the same cheap westerns he always did.
15. Son of Oklahoma (1932, Robert N. Bradbury)
- FIRST CHECK!
--- There is sort of a deeper side to this film as a son goes looking for his long lost mother. But there is mostly a cheaper side to this poverty row'er. Dull and unimpressive Bob Steele flick, directed by his incompetent dad. What I got out of this film was reading up on the rather awful leading lady, Carmen Laroux. Apparently, in real life, she killed herself with ANT POISON! So apparently that works....
16. The Fighting Champ (1932, John P. McCarthy)
- FIRST CHECK!
--- A boxing western with Bob Steele, brought down by tediously long fist fights and with not much else to offer. Though it was fun seeing both George 'Gabby' Hayes & Charles King without their patented facial hair again and Kit Guard seemed to have fun with his role as a fighter.
17. Texas Gun Fighter (1932, Phil Rosen)
--- Cool seeing Lloyd Ingraham in a western sidekick role, but this Ken Maynard vehicle suffers from not having enough quality to work with. I did feel that they tried with Texas Gun Fighter (1932), it's just with these small budgets it's like attempting the impossible.
18. Kid Courageous (1935, Robert N. Bradbury)
- FIRST CHECK!
--- Boxing, wrestling, schwashbuckling, ghost running, marriage scams and what not, Kid Courageous (1935) was filled with a little bit of everything to make it a entertaining one for Bob Steele to shine in. And it kind of worked in it's 'everything goes' mentality. The plot was mostly a mess, like the rest of this, but one got to appreciate the loose spirit they made this cheap western.
1. Sin Town (1942, Ray Enright) - 5/10
2. A Tornado in the Saddle (1942, William Berke) - 4/10 - FIRST CHECK!
3. Ghost Town Law (1942, Howard Bretherton) - 3/10
4. Riding the Wind (1942, Edward Killy) - 4/10
5. King of the Mounties (1942, William Witney) - 4/10 - FIRST CHECK!
6. Land of the Open Range (1942, Edward Killy) - 4/10
7. Thundering Hoofs (1942, Lesley Selander) - 4/10
8. Pirates of the Prairie (1942, Howard Bretherton) - 4/10
9. Red River Robin Hood (1942, Lesley Selander) - 4/10
10. Fighting Frontier (1943, Lambert Hillyer) - 4/10
11. Sagebrush Law (1943, Sam Nelson) - 5/10
12. Saddles and Sagebrush (1943, William Berke) - 4/10
13. Valley of Hunted Men (1942, John English) - 3/10
14. Near the Rainbow's End (1930, J.P. McGowan) - 3/10 - FIRST CHECK!
15. Son of Oklahoma (1932, Robert N. Bradbury) - 2/10 - FIRST CHECK!
16. The Fighting Champ (1932, John P. McCarthy) - 2/10 - FIRST CHECK!
17. Texas Gun Fighter (1932, Phil Rosen) - 3/10
18. Kid Courageous (1935, Robert N. Bradbury) - 4/10 - FIRST CHECK!