58. Stagecoach to Denver (1946, R.G. Springsteen)
--- With "Wild" Bill Elliott being elevated to bigger things, Allan Lane replaced him in the Red Ryder franchise for the next couple of years. Lane had been around a while, and I always considered him more of a natural bad guy than a cowboy hero, but he does alright in the tough guy role. But it wasn't as if Stagecoach to Denver (1946) felt inspired in any way. A very standard B-western, where the heels weren't very interesting and the sidekicks didn't add anything. So not the best foundation to make Lane the new Red Ryder.
59. Renegade Girl (1946, William Berke)
--- Ann Savage, of Detour (1945) fame, definitely brought more layers to her personality than your average lady in a western. Unfortunately her efforts gets muddled in a otherwise poor production. You see, Renegade Girl (1946) was a independent production and working outside the studio system left them at a disadvantage in regards to getting pros to polish the product, making the story come across awkward and confusing, even if the basic plot was simple. I'd still rate it for Ann Savage's presence, even if just to imagine what could have been with the right kind of people handling the making of Renegade Girl.
60. Moon Over Montana (1946, Oliver Drake)
--- The plot was routine and Jimmy Wakely wasn't exactly the most macho guy to ever star in westerns, but the music sets the tone. To be frank, the music is several levels better than the actual movie.
61. Rolling Home (1946, William Berke)
--- I know Russell Hayden was getting older and more mature by this point, but seeing Lucky as a man of the cloth was too much to swallow! And how on earth did he land Jean Parker as his leading lady?! Well, Parker's career was winding down, and she wouldn't make another film for 4 years, and after that it was only sporadically. Still an unlikely pair. Wasn't exactly a great film either, but I guess it had some odd charm to it.
62. Rustler's Round-Up (1946, Wallace Fox)
--- This was a solid B-western starring the musical cowboy Kirby Grant as the attraction. Never much of a movie star, there were more interesting cowboys around. But with the well-worked formula and supporting regulars at the Universal lot, they could put just about anyone in that top spot and it would turn-out alright.
63. Sunset Pass (1946, William Berke)
--- The casting was the most curious about Sunset Pass (1946). Considering this came from a big studio, RKO, and production values were decent, it didn't have many recognizable names. The star was James Warren, who only recently been getting credited roles, and Nan Leslie, this being her first credited part! Even the sidekick was a unknown charmer (John Laurenz)! None of them made much of a mark in Hollywood either, and honestly, it was difficult to get into the trio because they didn't have the right type charisma to win me over. And with that, Sunset Pass didn't leave much of a impression.
64. The El Paso Kid (1946, Henry Levin)
--- Republic Pictures pushed hard to make Sunset Carson a star, putting him in a bunch of films in a short time-span. He briefly gained some fame, but it was over as soon as it started thanks to showing up drunk with a underage girl at a studio party. He wasn't exactly turning up a great performance here either. That's the main problem with The El Paso Kid (1946), along with little rattling beyond the usual formula. Does have Marie Harmon as a leading lady. She didn't get many of those and never gained much fame either, but her daughter Cherie Currie did, as the vocal star of the all-female band The Runaways (Joan Jett, etc.).
65. Fool's Gold (1946, George Archainbaud)
--- After a short break because of the war, Hopalong Cassidy returns to do undercover work out west. William Boyd wore a big coat which made him less mobile, making this a slower paced episode of the film series. Still kinda cool, but Rand Brooks isn't exactly a great replacement for Lucky. He's youthful, but none of that charm Russell Hayden once had in the part. Still, it was his first try. Maybe he'll become more familiar with the role the next 3 years he would do it?
66. The Devil's Playground (1946, George Archainbaud)
--- I still like the Hopalong Cassidy films, but after 11 years and 55 films (of a total 66) it's clear they're no longer ahead in the B-western division. The team has done it's job and now it really feels like the franchise is on its last legs. But Hoppy is Hoppy, and William Boyd still make these a good time. It's just less inspired.
67. Border Bandits (1946, Lambert Hillyer)
--- The thing about Johnny Mack Brown's westerns over at Monogram is that they're technically not bad. They just struggle to fight the right pacing or energy to make them interesting, And as both Mack and his sidekick Raymond Hatton keep aging, it seems less likely they'll ever find the right energy to make these more than just routine.
68. Trigger Fingers (1946, Lambert Hillyer)
--- I always feel I should like these Johnny Mack Brown westerns more, yet there's something which makes them less exciting in my eyes. Trigger Fingers (1946) was at least competent. They're always routine, but here enough happened to give it a pass.
69. Lightning Raiders (1946, Sam Newfield)
--- The action wasn't much, but the interactions between Buster Crabbe & Al St. John is fun and feeling more natural after doing so many films together. For a really low budget western, they are finding the right mood to make them a good enough time to appreciate.
70. Gentlemen with Guns (1946, Sam Newfield)
--- Clever will never be the right way to describe this cheap western, but Gentlemen with Guns (1946) sure was a lot of fun! Fuzzy trying to get married in between being framed for murder and lynched. Messing with dames is something Al St. John should never do. It even causes a tiny rift between him and his good pal Buster Crabbe. So if you're in the mood for a real silly old western, this is a good pick.
71. Terrors on Horseback (1946, Sam Newfield)
--- They didn't include much comedy, and that's usually the best thing about these Buster Crabbe/Al St. John collaborations. So Terrors on Horseback (1946) becomes a very average and lackluster experience.
72. Ghost of Hidden Valley (1946, Sam Newfield)
--- Hints of fun, but doesn't quite nail it. The plot feels like a mess. The comedy was decent, but not Fuzzy at his best. A very thrown together production, which is not unusual when Sam Newfield is in charge.
73. Prairie Badmen (1946, Sam Newfield)
--- The boring plot kills this one. Al St. John almost saves it with his slapstick, but Prairie Badmen (1946) just feels patched together without aim.
74. Outlaws of the Plains (1946, Sam Newfield)
--- Fuzzy getting fooled into thinking he's clairvoyant while playing with his crystal ball. He believes it so badly that he even betrays his own pal Buster Crabbe! Good old Fuzzy! Silly plot, below average action.
1. Desert Valley (1926, Scott R. Dunlap) - 4/10
2. Wild Beauty (1927, Henry MacRae) - 4/10
3. King of the Rodeo (1929, Henry MacRae) - 4/10
4. The Utah Kid (1930, Richard Thorpe) - 3/10
5. My Pal, the King (1932, Kurt Neumann) - 4/10
6. The Texas Bad Man (1932, Edward Laemmle) - 4/10
7. Thunder Mountain (1935, David Howard) - 3/10
8. The Hawk (1935, Edward Dmytryk) - 2/10
9. Orphan of the Pecos (1937, Sam Katzman) - 2/10
10. Son of Roaring Dan (1940, Ford Beebe) - 4/10
11. The Masked Rider (1941, Ford Beebe) - 4/10
12. Little Joe, the Wrangler (1942, Lewis D. Collins) - 5/10
13. North to the Klondike (1942, Erle C. Kenton) - 4/10
14. In Search of Doc Holliday (2016, Dana Celeste Robinson) - 4/10
15. Kid West (2017, Jesse Mast) - 4/10
16. Tournament (2018, Patricia DiSalvo Viayra) - 3/10
17. A Prayer for the Damned (2018, Joe Cornet) - 2/10
18. Sudsy Slim Rides Again (2018, G. Logan Dellinger) - 3/10
19. One by One (2016, Stefan Ruf) - 1/10
20. Cowboy & Indiana (2018, Rodney Ray) - 3/10
21. Sonora [Sonora, the Devil's Highway] (2018, Alejandro Springall) - 4/10
22. Eminence Hill (2019, Robert Conway) - 3/10
23. The Texan (1930, John Cromwell) - 5/10
24. Out of Liberty (2019, Garrett Batty) 2/10
25. Bill Tilghman and the Outlaws (2019, Wayne Shipley) - 3/10
26. American Confederate (2019, Christopher Forbes) - 1/10
27. Frontier (2020, Marcos Almada) - 1/10
28. Hell on the Border (2019, Wes Miller) - 2/10
29. True History of the Kelly Gang (2019, Justin Kurzel) - 3/10
30. Badland (2019, Justin Lee) - 2/10
31. The Outsider (2019, Timothy Woodward Jr.) - 2/10
32. Once Upon a Time in Deadwood (2019, Rene Perez) - 2/10
33. To Hell and Gone (2019, Kyle Moore) - 3/10
34. Outlaws Don't Get Funerals (2019, Greg Derasmo) - 2/10
35. The Divide (2018, Perry King) - 3/10
36. The Legend of 5 Mile Cave (2019, Brent Christy) - 3/10
37. No Man's Land (2019, Micah Lyons) - 2/10
38. Howlers (2019, Josh Ridgway) - 2/10
39. The Warrant (2020, Brent Christy) - 2/10
40. Battle of Little Bighorn (2020, Molly Hermann) - 3/10
41. Deadwood (2019, Daniel Minahan) - 5/10
42. Duel in the Sun (1946, 7 directors) - 7/10
43. The Yearling (1946, Clarence Brown) - 7/10
44. Bad Bascomb (1946, S. Sylvan Simon) - 6/10
45. Badman's Territory (1946, Tim Whelan) - 5/10
46. Abilene Town (1946, Edwin L. Marin) - 5/10
47. The Overlanders (1946, Harry Watt) - 6/10
48. Renegades (1946, George Sherman) - 5/10
49. The Harvey Girls (1946, George Sidney) - 7/10
50. My Darling Clementine (1946, John Ford) - 8/10
51. Canyon Passage (1946, Jacques Tourneur) - 6/10
52. Smoky (1946, Louis King) - 5/10
53. The Virginian (1946, Stuart Gilmore) - 5/10
54-55. The Phantom Rider (1946, Spencer Gordon Bennet & Fred C. Brannon) - 5/10 - 167-min serial
56. Plainsman and the Lady (1946, Joseph Kane) - 6/10
57. Marshal of Reno (1944, Wallace Grissell) - 4/10
58. Stagecoach to Denver (1946, R.G. Springsteen) - 3/10
59. Renegade Girl (1946, William Berke) - 4/10
60. Moon Over Montana (1946, Oliver Drake) - 4/10
61. Rolling Home (1946, William Berke) - 3/10
62. Rustler's Round-Up (1946, Wallace Fox) - 4/10
63. Sunset Pass (1946, William Berke) - 3/10
64. The El Paso Kid (1946, Henry Levin) - 3/10
65. Fool's Gold (1946, George Archainbaud) - 4/10
66. The Devil's Playground (1946, George Archainbaud) - 4/10
67. Border Bandits (1946, Lambert Hillyer) - 3/10
68. Trigger Fingers (1946, Lambert Hillyer) - 4/10
69. Lightning Raiders (1946, Sam Newfield) - 4/10
70. Gentlemen with Guns (1946, Sam Newfield) - 5/10
71. Terrors on Horseback (1946, Sam Newfield) - 3/10
72. Ghost of Hidden Valley (1946, Sam Newfield) - 3/10
73. Prairie Badmen (1946, Sam Newfield) - 2/10
74. Outlaws of the Plains (1946, Sam Newfield) - 3/10