Rawhide Mail (1934)

Genres - Western  |   Run Time - 59 min.  |  
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Three outlaws go straight in order to protect a young girl from her unscrupulous guardian in this low-budget Western, the third in a series of six Jack Perrin oaters produced by Reliable Pictures. Bandits Jack Reed (Perrin), Judge (Nelson McDowell), and Estebán (Chris-Pin Martin) are mistaken for heroes by lovely Nora Hastings (Lillian Gilmore), who they escort to the town of Rawhide. The three friends are recognized, but Nora convinces the sheriff (Lafe McKee) to let them be while she inspects her inheritance, the Elite Saloon. The saloon, alas, is all boarded up and seemingly worthless, but Hal Drummond, Nora's guardian and the partner of her late uncle, promises to send her a share of the money if he can sell the property. Nora is barely out of town again before Drummond opens the saloon, which had only appeared to be in bad shape. The three former bandits recognize a scam when they see one, and open a competing bar across the street to force Drummond out of business. Jack, meanwhile, is arrested for killing the railroad agent but escapes and goes in search of the real culprit. The real murderer, of course, proves to be Drummond, and after his arrest, Jack reveals himself to be an undercover agent from the express company. Former silent screen star Perrin was battling an unbecoming weight-gain when he starred in this, his penultimate series of B-Westerns.