23 June 2018 | boblipton
Tom Keene Plays the Dope Very Convincingly
Tom Keene is on the trail of Julie Haydon, the desperado who's been leaving corpses with handwritten notes pinned to them. When she leads her men on a raid on Robert Ellis' ranch, Tom takes a bullet helping her escape, and then persuades her to to come with him ..... to Ellis!
It's one of the nicely shot B series westerns that RKO, alone among the Majors, maintained from the coming of sound into the 1950s. This one has a plot that switches back and forth nicely, some singing -- Keene's westerns were the first to feature singing, although it was always in the context of folks sitting around entertaining themselves -- and a good cast, including the usually wasted Julie Haydon.
Miss Haydon was hired by RKO, apparently as a backup or threat to Ann Harding, and then didn't do much with her. She distinguished herself on stage, though, and wound up marrying George Jean Nathan. In this one, she plays a woman of action very well.