The Topeka Terror (1945)

Genres - Western  |   Release Date - Jan 26, 1945 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 55 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - G
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Synopsis by Hans J. Wollstein

Republic Pictures' reigning Bad Guy, Roy Barcroft, was at it again in this standard Allan Lane Western, this time playing Ben Jode, a nasty character conspiring with saloon owner Clyde Flint (Maine Geary) and crooked land agent Trent Parker (Tom London) to cheat the settlers from staking their claims during the Oklahoma Land Rush. The mean-spirited Barcroft attempts to achieve his goal of hegemony by recording false claims in the names of his henchman. Enter lone cowboy Chad Stevens (Lane) who is assisted by verbose Wild West lawyer Don Quixote Martingale (Earle Hodgins). The latter is rescued in the nick of time from a lynching when Chad reveals himself to be an undercover investigator for the U.S. Land Office.



con/scam, land, landing [plane], terror