The Pecos Dandy (1934)

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Perhaps the lowest point in the career of producer/director/actor Victor Adamson's career -- which is saying quite a lot -- The Pecos Dandy, according to one reviewer, was "so badly mutilated in the cutting that it is only with difficulty that the plot can be followed." The hard-to-follow plot of this obscure Western was something about a carefree cowboy who suddenly finds himself falsely accused of cattle rustling. The real rustler, it turns out, is the hero's romantic rival. Handsome George J. Lewis, spirited Dorothy Gulliver, and hissable Robert Walker played the three leads, but Horace B. Carpenter's direction was so inept that even these seasoned pros earned the worst reviews of their careers. Despite being credited in contemporary pressbooks, Carpenter, who also played the girl's father, might not have directed the film at all; The Pecos Dandy, in fact, was probably helmed by producer Adamson (aka Denver Dixon), an almost legendary bad filmmaker who released it as an "Art Mix Production." Leading players Lewis and Gulliver had earlier co-starred in Universal's popular Collegians series of the late '20s.