Land of the Open Range (1941)

Genres - Action, Western  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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In time-honored B-Western fashion, RKO took the exciting Oklahoma land-rush sequence from their Academy Award-winning Cimarron (1931) and crafted an entirely new story to suit their cowboy star in residence, the personable Tim Holt. The result was an exciting, well-acted story of a small-town real estate developer who bequeaths his largely ill-gotten range to anyone who has served two years or more in prison. Naturally, the small Arizona cattle town is soon teeming with would-be settlers arriving straight from the hoosegow. Among them are less than desirable types such as Tonto (Tom London) and Dode (Frank Ellis), both assigned by crooked lawyer Gil Carse (Roy Barcroft to stake out a piece a land that will enable him to control the valley's water supply. Aligning themselves with more upstanding former inmates such as Dad Cook (John Elliott) and retired safecracker Pinky (Hobart Cavanaugh), deputies Dave Walton (Holt), Smokey (Ray Whitley) and Whopper (Lee "Lasses" White) manage to foil Carse's evil scheme. In between the action (which is plentiful), Holt romances Dad Cook's spunky daughter (Janet Waldo and Whitley sings "Ki-Yo My Horse is Slow" and the title-tune.

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bad-guy, cowboy, good-guy, land, landing [plane], range