Lure of the Wasteland (1939)

Genres - Action, Western  |   Run Time - 52 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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A "special" by Monogram standards, Lure of the Wasteland was lensed in a not inexpensive process called Telco-color. Grant Withers takes a break from his duties in the "Mister Wong" series to play Smitty, a US marshal assigned to track down $250,000 in stolen bonds. To gain the confidence of the outlaws, Smitty pulls the old ploy of posing as a crook and joining the gang. Despite his mental agility in plotting and planning large-scale robberies, outlaw leader Butch (LeRoy Mason) is unable to see through Smitty's guise until it's too late for him. Former silent comedy star Snub Pollard, fresh from a comic-sidekick stint in Grand National's Tex Ritter series, plays a relatively straight role as a reformed crook who acts as Smitty's go-between.

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bad-guy, cattle, conflict, convict, cooking, cowboy, gangster, good-guy, hidden, invasion, lawman, loot, lure [tempt], marshal, outlaw [Western], ranch, range