Arizona Nights (1934)

Genres - Action, Western  |   Run Time - 62 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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A potentially good idea -- mixing Western hi-jinks with horror film elements -- was wasted on this impoverished 20 minute "Bud'n Ben" series entry. Bud (Jack Perrin) and Ben (Ben Corbett) are border patrol officers investigating the disappearance of one of their colleagues, Trent (Robert Walker). As it turns out, Trent had stumbled over a scheme by Professor Valeski (Al Ferguson) to smuggle Egyptian mummies across the border from Mexico. Inside the mummy cases, however, are stashed illegal aliens. Trent's wounded horse (Starlight) leads the two investigators to Valeski's hacienda, where Ann Cavanaugh (Marie Quillan) is held prisoner. Bud saves lovely Ann from being wrapped as a mummy and buried alive. His evil schemes now out in the open, Valeski attempts to flee but is caught by Starlight, who kicks him to death. Written by Bennett Cohen, Arizona Nights was the fourth of seven short Westerns starring Corbett and various former silent cowboys. Two-reel Westerns, a stable of the '20s, went out with a whisper with this poverty-stricken series.

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bad-guy, capture, chase, cowboy, gangster, good-guy, outlaw [Western], outwit