The Cattle Thief (1936)

Genres - Action, Mystery, Western  |   Sub-Genres - Detective Film  |   Run Time - 58 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Ken Maynard goes the Zorro route in this lethargic Western produced by Larry Darmour for Columbia. Ailing rancher Cal Pierson (Sheldon Lewis) is being double-crossed by his own foreman, the greedy Ranse (Ward Bond), who has hired a quack doctor (Edward Cecil) to make certain he won't recover. Forcing the local cattle ranchers to pay a heavy toll for the use of the pass on Pierson's land, Ranse is interrupted by a masked avenger who destroys the fence. The intruder having apparently vanished into thin air, Ranse instead comes across Jim (Maynard), a traveling peddler who may know the whereabouts of the masked stranger. In reality, Jim is Ken Martin, an agent for the Cattlemen's Association. With the assistance of Pierson's pretty nurse, Alice (Geneva Mitchell), Ken sets a trap for Ranse and his henchmen, who are caught in a landslide.

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bad-guy, battle [war], cattle, cowboy, detective, disguise, good-guy, rustler, songwriter, storm, traveling, undercover