California Mail (1936)

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Bids submitted to win the U.S. Mail contract for their stagecoach lines are entered by both singing cowboy Bill Harkins and the Banton brothers, Roy and Bart. During a stagecoach race to ... See full summary »


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Director:

Noel M. Smith

Writers:

Roy Chanslor (screen play), Harold Buckley (screen play), Harold Buckley (original story)

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26 May 2009 | bkoganbing
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| Horse Takes Care Of Business
After seeing California Mail, I'm convinced Trigger might be the smartest palomino in the west, but certainly not the most dangerous. That title would belong to Smokey, the trusty steed that Dick Foran rides in this film.

When Foran wasn't doing parts in A films like The Petrified Forest or spoofing himself in Boy Meets Girl, he was Warner Brothers singing cowboy and was starring in a series of B westerns like this one. Here he and his father Tom Brower own a stage line that is trying to get a mail contract. But they're up against some unscrupulous brothers in Edmund Cobb and Milton Kibbee.

Nothing special in this one save the horse. Foran sings a couple of nice, but forgettable cowboy ballads and has a pretty leading lady in Linda Perry. But his horse is one dangerous animal, he dispatches more bad guys than Foran does. Trigger aided Roy Rogers, but Smoke was taking care of business all on his own.

To see what I mean, catch California Mail the next time it's on.

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Action | Drama | Music | Western

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