Frontier Crusader (1940)

Genres - Action, Western  |   Sub-Genres - B-Western  |   Run Time - 62 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Frontier Crusader was Tim McCoy's first western vehicle for the newly-formed Producers Releasing Corporation (PRC). The star plays Trigger Jim Rand, an itinerant peacekeeper who springs into action when a gang of thieves steals the payroll money from a local mining company. The theft was actually a subterfuge, to throw the miners off the trail so that the outlaws can plunder a heretofore unknown vein of gold ore. A subplot concerns a travelling show troupe, headed by high-kicking dancer Jenny Mason (Dorothy Short). Neither Jenny nor "Trigger Jim" benefit from the film's substandard cinematography, a trademark of sorts of the PRC output. Despite the murky camerawork, however, Fronter Crusader delivers the goods action-wise.

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bad-guy, business, cowboy, frontier, gold, good-guy, mine, mining-company, outlaw [Western], payroll, pursuit, weapons