Stormy Trails (1936)

Genres - Action, Western  |   Run Time - 59 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The second-to-last Rex Bell Western for Poverty Row producers Max and Arthur Alexander, Stormy Trails was the only entry not directed by Robert F. Hill. Sam Newfield, however, was even more of a hack than Hill and Stormy Trails bore Newfield's trademark of carelessly inserted stock footage (a stampede of cattle in this instance) whose ancient origins failed to match the rest of the film. Based on E.B. Mann's 1934 novel Stampede, Phil Dunham's screenplay featured siblings Tom (Bell) and Billy Storm (Bob Hodges) whose ranch is heavily mortgaged despite the existence of gold on their property. As it turns out, Billy is in league with a gang of outlaws headed by Dunn (Lane Chandler). Attempting to break free of the gang, Billy is killed by Dunn's henchman, Max Durante (Karl Hackett). Dunn then proposes to stampede the cattle so Tom will be unable to pay off his bank in time. Captured by the gang, Tom manages to break free in the nick of time and is able to bring Dunn and his gang to justice. The husband of silent screen star Clara Bow, Rex Bell left films after his sixth and final film for the Alexander brothers to successfully run for the office of lieutenant governor of Nevada.

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killing, bad-guy, cowboy, false-accusation, good-guy, investigation, murder, conflict