Trail's End (1935)

Genres - Western  |   Run Time - 57 min.  |  
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Produced by Mitchell Leichter's low-rent Beaumont Pictures, this inexpensive but fairly effective oater was the first of four to star veteran silent leading man Conway Tearle. Tearle plays "Trigger" Jim Malloy who, newly released from prison, goes in search of the men who sent him to prison. Wounded by one of the villains (the ubiquitous Fred Kohler), "Trigger" Jim is nursed back to health by lovely widow Janet Moorehead (Claudia Dell) and is even elected sheriff. A veteran leading man who had entered films in 1914, New York-born, British-raised Conway Tearle (born Frederick Levy) might have been an odd choice for B-Western stardom but the energetic actor almost pulled it off and was defeated only by subpar production values. Tearle's steed, Black King, was billed, grandiosely, as "the Horse With a Human Brain."