Ridin' the Trail (1940)

Genres - Western  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |  
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Although produced in mid 1939, this, the last starring Western of former opera baritone Fred Scott, did not find a release until the following year when it was sold outright on the states rights market. Scott starred as Fred Martin, a U.S. Marshal tracking a gang of cattle rustlers. Overhearing the foreman of the Lazy B (Jack Ingram) conspiring with the rustlers, Fred dons the disguise of a singing troubadour -- enabling screenwriter Phil Dunham to throw in a couple of sagebrush ballads. In his troubadour disguise, Fred follows the foreman to a clandestine meeting with his boss who, to no one's great surprise, turns out to be supposedly law abiding rancher Pa Bailey (John Ward). The gang is quickly rounded up and Fred can warble Ridin' the Trail to leading lady Iris Lancaster. Fred Scott's thirteen Western starring career ended with Ridin' the Trail and the demise of its producer, Spectrum Pictures. "The Silvery-Voiced Baritone," as he was often billed, did a couple of supporting roles before leaving films altogether in favor of real estate.

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bad-guy, cowboy, good-guy, outlaw [Western]