16 June 2018 | boblipton
Driven By Coincidences, But Fun
Lest anyone think that B westerns were mired in the 19th century or some vague, timeless period, this one has Bob Steele as a race car driver. Ernie Adams hires him to drive him down to the border and when they get there, clunks him on the head, shoots John Elliott and steals $50,000 in bonds. Fortunately, when Bob comes to, he recalls that he grew up in these parts, so he and old buddy George Hayes (teeth out, beard on) decide to track down the baddies across the border, where they encounter Marion Byron, a stranded showgirl working in a saloon, and are hired by Adams' gang for a hundred dollars a month plus room and board to smuggle single cattle across the border. Adams thinks Bob looks familiar, but doesn't quite recognize him..... yet.
It's a bit thin and unsteady, but it does have some good performances, and Bob gets into a saber duel that looked well choreographed and Marion Byron is a lot better than the usual ingenue in Steele's early sound oaters; silent film fans will recall her from STEAMBOAT BILL, JR. and Roach's attempt to team her with Anita Garvin in three silent shorts. Like many another talented performer, she just never clicked in the movies, and she was basically done in a couple of years.