Rawhide (1938)

Genres - Western  |   Sub-Genres - B-Western  |   Release Date - Apr 8, 1938 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Singing cowboy Smith Ballew is the nominal star of Rawhide, but the audience only had eyes for Ballew's co-star: baseball-great Lou Gehrig, in his one-and-only screen appearance. Gehrig plays "himself"-that is, he's a rancher named Lou Gehrig. Pressured by crooks to give up his spread, Gehrig, his sister (Evelyn Knapp) and cowboy-lawyer Ballew inspire the neighboring ranchers to form a united front. During a climactic fist-fight in a pool hall, Gehrig utilizes his pitching skills to subdue the villains. A fan of B westerns in real life, Gehrig does his best to fit into the proceedings of Rawhide; his acting is strictly from hunger, but he does possess an imposing physique and an eagerness to the please the filmgoers.

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ranch, captor, criminal, outlaw [Western], conflict, lawyer, rackets [corruption], bar [pub]