Flying Lariats (1931)

Genres - Action, Western  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Filmed simultaneously with So This Is Arizona and Riders of the Cactus (both 1931), this ultra low-budget Western features Wally Wales and lariat champion Sam Garrett as brothers entering a country rodeo. Also joining are young Buzz Murphy (Buzz Barton) and Bonnie Starr (Bonnie Jean Gray), the latter to help her father out of some financial troubles. There is a villain, of course, nasty Tex Johnson (Frederick Church), who is attempting to rig the contest in his own favor. Standing in for his shy sibling, Wally proposes to Bonnie, but she misunderstands and considers herself engaged to him. When Johnson's scheming girlfriend, Kate Weston (Tete Brady), fakes an accident in order to spy on the brothers, Wally uses the opportunity to make Bonnie jealous and reject him. The ploy fails, however, when Bonnie instead interrupts Kate with Sam. Johnson has bet 200 dollars on Wally, but as Sam seems to be winning at lariat roping, Kate is ordered to do a bit of sabotage. But young Buzz overhears some of the plotting and informs the sheriff (Gus Anderson), who deputizes both brothers. After beating Kate in the cowgirls' race, Bonnie joins the chase and arrives just in time to see Sam lasso the unfortunate Johnson. After Wally clears up the misunderstanding, Bonnie finally accepts Sam's offer of marriage. Written and directed by silent veteran David Kirkland, Flying Lariats was produced far away from Hollywood by Robert Connell and R.B. Hooper, the latter also doubling as cameraman.

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bad-guy, cattle, cowboy, good-guy, love, ranch, romance