Across the Sierras (1941)

Genres - Western  |   Sub-Genres - B-Western  |   Run Time - 57 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Hans J. Wollstein

Directed with verve by D. Ross Lederman, this entry in the "Wild Bill Hickock" series has a little more depth than most B-Westerns of 1941. William Elliott, as the legendary gunman, struggles with his own code of ethics and is almost willing to give up his violent ways for love. In the end, of course, the villain doesn't allow our hero to remain peaceful for long, thus ruining any future with Luana Walters, a rather downbeat resolution to what in most aspects is a typical low-budget oater. Always a refreshing sight in a B-Western, Miss Walters once again makes a compelling heroine and her reaction to Hickock's ingrained violence seems realistic enough.Richard Fiske, who had played Elliott's sidekick in the 1939 serial Overland With Kit Carson, is equally good as Wild Bill's embittered friend and only comic relief Dub Taylor's usual infantile shtick leaves a sour note.