1 August 2014 | MartinHafer
I''d have to agree with arfdawg-1 about this one.
The reviewer arfdawg-1 described this Bob Steele film as 'slow and boring'. Well, after seeing "Alias John Law", I'd certainly have to agree. While I often have enjoyed Steele's film, this one is amazingly low energy and not much fun to watch.
The film begins with some evil folks trying to shoot John (Steele) and Booch. Why, they don't know. However, the sheriff happens along at the same time and helps to drive away the baddies, but he's seriously injured in the process. John knows the sheriff and assumes his identity (???). His reasoning is that when he catches the baddies, he'll give the reward money to the sheriff. Why not just catch the guy and give the money to him after--this is a dumb plot device that not surprisingly comes back to haunt John. And, through the course of the film, it turns out that the leader of this gang is none other than the man that is out to steal John's inheritance--a very common theme in old B-westerns. With the help of his deaf friend*, the pair set out to restore niceness to the west.
There are many problems with the film in addition to its dullness. The plot is often riddled with clichés and holes. For example, twice the evil Kootney Kid is confronted by his underlings and so you KNOW that Kootney will almost immediately murder them! The worst was when one said '...you're not going to turn me over to the sheriff...if you do, I'll spill everything...'--and you KNEW what was coming next!! Additionally, while I like the idea of a deaf sidekick (since my own daughter is deaf), the way they handled it showed that they did no research. NO ONE is that good at reading lips. And, as a man who's been deaf all his life, his speech was way too good--both with annunciation and volume to his speaking voice.
The bottom line is that they made at least 237529351341 low budget westerns in the 1930s--surely you can find one better and more interesting than this one.