Trigger Smith (1939)

Genres - Western  |   Run Time - 59 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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As in his previous two Westerns, Mexicali Kid and Wild Horse Canyon (both 1938), Jack Randall goes in search of his brother's killer in this low-budget series entry from Monogram. All three films were penned by line producer Robert Emmett Tansey, but the economy in both thought and deed was alarming even for a threadbare outfit such as Monogram. Randall played the title role in Trigger Smith, a former lawman whose brother, the Marshal of Piru, is killed during a bank heist. Trigger and his sidekick, Lopez (rotund Frank Yaconelli), obtain jobs as hands at a ranch belonging to Jean (Joyce Bryant) and her brothers, Buck (juvenile trick roper Bobby Clark) and Bud (Dennis Moore). The latter proves to be in cahoots with the bank robbers, but is killed in the climactic melee. Moore must have been able to portray this character in his sleep; it was identical to the one he had played in the previous Randall entry, Wild Horse Canyon, even down to heroically taking a bullet meant for Jack. The last scene of the film was lifted almost intact from Randall's debut Western, Riders of the Dawn (1937).

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bad-guy, cowboy, good-guy, killing, lawman, outlaw [Western]