Secret Menace (1931)

Genres - Action, Western  |   Run Time - 59 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This little cheapie tries to pass itself off as a contemporary actioner, but at heart it's still a western. An old prospector strikes gold on the dude ranch owned by John Elliot, only to be promptly murdered by the villains. Despite several entreaties, Elliot refuses to sell his property, so the bad guys set out to sabotage a rodeo being staged on the ranch. Sensing that something's amiss, Elliot's business manager Glenn Tryon alerts the local constabulary, though he himself settles the heavies' hash with his fists. As a result, Tryon wins the hand of the owner's daughter, Virginia Brown Faire. Margaret Mann, best known for her portrayals of "Grandma" in the Our Gang comedies, essays a similar role in The Secret Menace.

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bad-guy, dude-ranch, gold, good-guy, killing, landowner, land-scheme, land-war, prospector, rival, rodeo, sheriff