West of Nevada (1936)

Genres - Action, Western  |   Sub-Genres - Traditional Western  |   Run Time - 59 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The second of six generally well-made Rex Bell Westerns produced on the cheap by Gower Gulch company Colony Pictures, West of Nevada starred the personable Bell -- husband of silent star Clara Bow -- as Jim Lloyd, a young drifter coming to the aid of an embattled prospector. The latter, Milt Haldain (Steve Clark), is assisting an Indian tribe mine their gold when he is attacked by Slade Sangree (Frank McCarroll) and his gang. Sangree, as Jim discovers, is actually working for bank manager Steven Cutting (Forrest Taylor), who needs the gold to cover his debts. Cutting frames Jim in a rustling scheme, but Jim proves to be the son of a senator assigned to investigate Cutting's dirty dealings. In real life, Rex Bell spent his post-Hollywood career not "West of Nevada" but in Nevada proper, where he was twice elected lieutenant governor. All but one of the Bell Colony Westerns were directed by Robert F. Hill, who also supplied screenplays under the pseudonym of "Rock Hawtrey."

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bad-guy, cowboy, gangster, gold, good-guy, help, lieutenant, Native-American