Too Much Beef (1936)

Genres - Action, Western  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hans J. Wollstein

Directed by the veteran Robert F. Hill -- who also wrote the screenplay under the pseudonym of Rock Hawkey -- this Rex Bell Western was the first in a series of six produced by Arthur Alexander and his brother Max. Bell played Tucson Smith, a character well-known to Western fans from the writings of William Colt MacDonald. Tucson is an agent from the Cattlemen's Association investigating a case of "too much beef" at the Brown ranch near Saddlerock, AZ. As Tucson discovers, the rancher, Rocky Brown (Forrest Taylor), is framed for rustling cattle because he refuses to sell his land to the railroad. But everything isn't exactly what it appears in this generally well-paced if somewhat complicated Western, which benefitted from no less than two leading ladies -- Constance Bergen (whose name was misprinted as "Coney Bergen" in the opening credits) and Peggy O'Connell. A personable performer, Rex Bell was the husband of silent screen star Clara Bow and a future lieutenant governor of Nevada.



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