Headin' East (1937)

Genres - Action, Romance, Western  |   Sub-Genres - B-Western  |   Run Time - 63 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This is one of Buck Jones' most unusual sound films. Cowboy Buck Benson (Jones) is incredulous to find that his father, M.H. (John Elliott), has decided to get into lettuce -- "The lettuce business!" exclaims Benson, a dyed-in-the-wool cattleman, "I'd rather herd sheep!" But when M.H.'s crop is being destroyed by racketeers (whom Benson considers nothing more than lettuce rustlers), the cowboy heads East to put a halt to the bad guys' activities. Gangsters turn out to be a whole new breed in this Westerner, however, and he needs all the help he can get from shipping clerk Windy (Shemp Howard, believe it or not) and his hot-tempered Puerto Rican girlfriend (Elaine Arden), both of whom work for produce distributor Calhoun (Earl Hodgins). The gangsters work for Calhoun's rival and they're determined to force Benson to come over to their company. Benson, in fact, can't save the day himself -- Windy, who coaches tough teenagers in the fine art of boxing, shows up with his young charges (one of whom is Leo Gorcey) to help pummel the gangsters until the cops show up. As a result, the good guys win the day, and Benson wins Calhoun's pretty daughter, Helen (Ruth Coleman).

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investigation, bad-guy, big-city, city-life, con/scam, cowboy, criminal, daughter, East, father, good-guy, investigator, love, rackets [corruption], shipment, traveling