17 September 2017 | boblipton
Top-Notch Bob Steele Western!
Bob Steele may not be tops in the dialogue department, but he offers a fine physical performance in a good story. He escapes from prison in a fine, shot-by-torchlight night shoot, ahead of his buddies' release, and makes his way to his side kicks: Gilbert Holmes and Gabby Hayes -- the latter sporting an Irish accent. While the sidekicks hang back, Steele heads into town, where someone is about to kill the sheriff, until Bob wings him and the assassin high-tails it. The sheriff offers him a deputy's badge, and Steele accepts after he meets the sheriff's pretty daughter, Nancy Drexel. It's clear there's something going on, but that's something for the plot to work on.
There's a great extended action sequence about twenty minutes into this western, involving a fight on a roof, a dive into the water and a lot of rough riding. Julian Rivero, who usually played tiny roles, has a sizable part as the main villain, and he is wonderfully oily. If you enjoy B westerns, you'll like this one a lot!