The Man from Guntown (1935)

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When Tim Hanlon arrives to tell Ruth McArthur her long lost brother has been killed, she mistakes him for her brother. He stays on to help her retain control of the dam her farther started.... See full summary »


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8 June 2018 | MartinHafer
| Tim McCoy tries to straighten out the whole dam thing.
When the story begins, a fast-talking shyster is trying to cheat a woman out of her inheritance by telling her the estate has practically no value. Fortunately, she isn't dumb and insists she wants to talk to her estranged brother to help her determine what to do next. Unfortunately, the shyster and his friends are evil and evil minions are sent to find the brother and kill him! In the meantime, Tim Hanlon (Tim McCoy) meets the brother and they spend the day together. However, the minions soon strike and kill the poor brother. Tim decides to help out the sister by posing as her brother. After all, it's been so long that he might just be able to get along with it. But remember...Tim always plays the hero and he's not doing this to cheat anyone...just in order to figure out what's going on and who's behind the dam thing.

Despite coming from a tiny studio (Puritan Pictures), this B-western is actually quite good. The story is very good and has some originality to it, I liked Aunt Sarah and she was a good supporting character and the story wasn't burdened with cliches such as songs or dopey sidekicks. Well worth seeing and among McCoy's better westerns.

By the way, late in the film McCoy shoots some baddies and does it by whipping the pistol back and forth in a most peculiar manner. In actuality, McCoy was a champion trick shooter and this was how he actually shot a gun....and it obviously worked for him quite well!

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