Two-Fisted Rangers (1940)

Genres - Western  |   Run Time - 62 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Two-Fisted Rangers was the first of a handful of Charles Starrett westerns to be lifted from the routine by the camera pyrotechnics of director Joseph H. Lewis. The story is usual one about hero Thad Lawson (Starrett) avenging the death of his brother at the hands of villainous Jack Rand (Kenneth MacDonald). Country-western singer Bob Nolan, whose typical contribution to the Starrett films was merely musical, is herein afforded a rare speaking role, and even gets to indulge in an energetic fistfight with the hero. The rest of the cast includes such Starrett stalwarts as Iris Meredith, Dick Curtis and Hal Taliaferro. Director Lewis contributes a few excellent tracking shots in the chase scenes, but is less effective in staging the fights, with Starrett's stunt double all too obvious.

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bad-guy, cowboy, family-member, good-guy, investigation, killing, murder, revenge, sheriff