Valley of Wanted Men (1935)

Passed   |    |  Western

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Three men escape from prison, go back to their hometown to try to find out who framed them.


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22 July 2019 | boblipton
| Good Peter Kyne Story
LeRoy Mason, Russell Hopton and Paul Fix escape from State prison. With everyone after them, they head to Mason's home town. He insists he was framed for the money he stole from the bank he had been working for. Only two maybe believe him: Frankie Darro, his pal, and Drue Layton, Frankie's sister and Mason's ex-fiancee.... maybe. It was their father's bank.

What their father thinks is not mentioned. He doesn't even show up in this movie based on a Peter Kyne story. Kyne was both a prolific writer and a source for a great many movies, well over a hundred at last count. The best-known work based on his writing is THREE GODFATHERS.

It's shot in some beautiful scenery, full of woods and mountains by cameraman Arthur Reed, and directed by Alan James, usually a western specialist. I notice that former Hal Roach cameraman Len Powers is shown as production manager. Perhaps he had a hand in choosing the location.

There are some good performances here (by Mason in particular, and Grant Withers as a ranger), some standard ones (Darro is still playing the juvenile), and there are clear signs of padding: Al Bridge is handcuffed to a tree and he and Frank Rice spend a lot of screen time getting him free. However the story and camerawork are good enough to sustain the movie in spite of the usual Gower Gulch peccadilloes.


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20 October 1935



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