Riders of the Cactus (1931)

Genres - Western  |   Run Time - 56 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Nothing in Riders of the Cactus is as entertaining as that title, which invokes all sorts of painful imagery. Hero Wally Wales comes to the rescue of heroine Lorraine LaVal when she finds herself in possession of a valuable treasure map. The villains, a band of smugglers, twirl their mustaches and emit evil snickers as they close in on the poor damsel, but Wales shows up in the nick of time, chasing down every one of the miscreants and beating them black-and-blue. The border patrol cleans up what's left, and Wales claims the girl. A few years later, leading man Wally Wales became a prolific character actor under the new moniker of Hal Taliaferro, often playing the same sort of bad guys he'd confronted in films like Riders of the Cactus.



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