The Last Horseman (1944)

Genres - Action, Western  |   Sub-Genres - Musical Western  |   Run Time - 54 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Former Hopalong Cassidy sidekick Russell Hayden retains his nickname of Lucky in this average entry in his short-lived starring series for Columbia. The foreman of the Bar W ranch, Lucky Rawlins finds himself cheated out of a check for 12,000 dollars (the proceeds from a cattle drive). Unbeknownst to all and sundry, the culprit is none other than the local banker, Cash Watson (John Maxwell), who has learned that the railroad is interested in buying up the local ranches. Watson cruelly forecloses on the Bar W's owner, Rance Williams (Frank LaRue), but the latter is saved in the nick of time by friendly bank clerk Bert Saunders (Forrest Taylor), who offers him his life savings. Killing two birds with one stone, so to speak, Watson has his henchman, Duke Cudlow (Ted Mapes), frame Williams in the murder of Saunders and then proceeds to have a phony cattle inspector (Edmund Cobb) quarantine the Bar W. Lucky, however, is on to all this skullduggery and cooks up a scheme to trap the crooked banker that includes having sidekick Cannonball (Dub Taylor) dress up as a woman. In between the general mayhem, Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys perform "O.K. Oklahoma," "I'm Ridin' on Down," "Trouble on the Range," and several other cowboy-swing selections.

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impersonation, con/scam, cowboy, criminal, disguise, drag-queen, foreman, horseman, investigator, leader, loot, ranch, robbery, woman