The Cactus Kid (1934)

Genres - Western  |   Run Time - 57 min.  |  
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Produced by Bernard B. Ray and Harry S. Webb's small-scale Reliable Pictures, this low-budget Western starred former silent cowboy Jack Perrin as a cowboy searching for his missing partner. Jack, the Cactus Kid (Perrin), and Jimmie Kane (Fred Humes) have sold a catch of wild horses to a rancher. Returning with their earnings, Jimmie is killed by vicious Plug Perkins, an outlaw known as "Killer" (Charles "Slim" Whitaker), and his "half-breed" cohort, Cheyenne (Joe De La Cruz). Jack comes across Jimmie's belt-buckle and a piece of a harmonica known to belong to Cheyenne. Determined to find out what happened to his partner, the Cactus Kid tracks Plug and Cheyenne to their mountain hideout, where Cheyenne's broken harmonica proves that he is the killer. Prompted by his faithful horse, Starlight, Jack's fiancée Beth (Jayne Regan) arrives at the hideout. Dressed as the dead Jimmie, Beth manages to scare Cheyenne into a confession. Perrin also appeared in Reliable's "Bud'n Ben" series of Western short subjects.

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cattle-drive, cowboy, false-accusation, honor [recognition], investigation, murder, partner, robbery