Big Calibre (1935)

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Intent on avenging his father's murder, Roy Neal and his sidekick Rusty find themselves in the border town of Gladstone where Neal is mistakenly arrested for the robbery of a mail truck. ... See full summary »


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  • Frank McCarroll and Bob Steele in Big Calibre (1935)
  • Silver Tip Baker, Earl Dwire, John Elliott, Herman Hack, Otto Hoffman, and William Quinn in Big Calibre (1935)
  • Peggy Campbell, Earl Dwire, Herman Hack, William Quinn, and Bob Steele in Big Calibre (1935)
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  • Silver Tip Baker, Barney Beasley, Peggy Campbell, Fern Emmett, Otto Hoffman, Si Jenks, Georgia O'Dell, and Bob Steele in Big Calibre (1935)
  • Earl Dwire, Herman Hack, and Bob Steele in Big Calibre (1935)

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22 June 2018 | boblipton
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| A Poor and Outre Entry to the Bob Steele Catalogue
Bob Steele's father is murdered by William Quinn with a mysterious fuming poison. Quinn also steals $60,000 in cash. Steele and sidekick John Elliott go looking for Quinn and a year later, wind up in Gladstone. There, Quinn (wearing a grotesque disguise) in cooperation with Forest Taylor have just murdered Peggy Campbell's father and stolen the mortgage money. When Bob spots her robbing the mail truck and then falling off her horse, he goes to get her some water, only to discover that she has stolen his his horse and he is thrown in jail for robbing the mail and the murder.

It's not one of the better westerns that Steele's father, Robert Bradbury directed him in. Compared to the ones with George Hayes in the company, the line readings are pretty poor; Bob and his leading lady believe each other far too readily under the circumstances, even if it is a one-hour B western, and the action in the movie is limited to the last ten minutes. Although Steele does ride his horse down what looks to be a very steep mountainside at speed, I strongly suspect it was achieved by cameraman William Hyer adjusting the camera tripod and having Steele ride his horse over flat ground.

In fact, the most interesting part of the movie is at a dance just before the action ending, when Si Jenks has a sizable bit, calling dances and mugging, and there is a bit of pie-throwing. In short, this one looks like it was thrown together hastily to fill a hole in the release schedule. While it will probably be satisfactory to fans of Bob Steele, it won't win him any.

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