The Mexicali Kid (1938)

Genres - Action, Western  |   Run Time - 57 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Filmed on location at Lake Los Angeles, CA, this minor Monogram Western starred Jack Randall (aka Addison Randall and Allan Byron), the lesser-known brother of B-Western star Robert Livingston. Randall played Jack Wood, who, while looking for his brother's murderer, hooks up with the Mexicali Kid (Wesley Barry), a stage robber. Although Jack convinces the Kid to give up his loot, the two are forced to flee Payson City. They take refuge at the ranch belonging to Jean Carter (Eleanor Stewart), only to encounter a gang of rustlers. Jack cozies up to the gang who is headed by the foreman Gorson (William von Brincken). Agreeing to impersonate the long-lost heir to the ranch, Jack discovers that Gorson is the man who killed his brother. The Kid is mortally wounded in the ensuing melee but Gorson and his men are brought to justice by Jack, who has been working for the Payson City sheriff all along. A discovery of silent screen director Marshall Neilan, freckled Wesley Barry enjoyed some success as a juvenile actor during the 1920s; Barry's appeal was fleeting, however, and by the 1930s he had joined the ranks of supporting actors.

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bad-guy, brother, cowboy, family-member, going-straight, good-guy, homestead, killing, one-against-odds, ranch, rescue, revenge