Sundown Saunders (1935)

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When Sundown wins a horse race he is paid with a deed to a ranch. Arriving at the ranch he finds the Prestons already living there. They bought it from the fake land agent Taggart who then frames Sundown for murder.


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  • Charles King and Bob Steele in Sundown Saunders (1935)
  • Milburn Morante and Bob Steele in Sundown Saunders (1935)
  • Marie Burton and Bob Steele in Sundown Saunders (1935)
  • Marie Burton and Bob Steele in Sundown Saunders (1935)
  • Bob Steele in Sundown Saunders (1935)
  • Frank Ball, Marie Burton, Ed Cassidy, Earl Dwire, Herman Hack, Milburn Morante, and Bob Steele in Sundown Saunders (1935)

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22 October 2013 | MartinHafer
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| Wow...Taggart is one of the meanest villains in the history of westerns!
While "Sundown Saunders" is a low-budgeted B-movie, it does stand out in one way--it features one of the nastiest and slimiest villains you'll ever see in a western. Taggart (Ed Cassidy) commits crime after crime after crime and there seems to be no end to his willingness to do evil. First, he convinces a family that he's a government agent and cheats them out of a thousand dollars by basically selling them property belonging to someone else (in this case, it's Sundown Saunders' ranch). Second, he shoots several folks in the back! Third, he plans on robbing the local bank. Fourth, he plans on marrying the daughter of a man he cheated AND who he thinks he's murdered! And, despite all these crimes, the guy is audacious enough to stick around and doesn't hide. Can Sundown Saunders (Bob Steele) and the Sheriff get the goods on this evil galoot and send him to his reward? See the film for yourself!

For the most part, I enjoyed this film. Like other Steele starring films, this diminutive actor did a decent job of acting and his horsemanship was very nice. However, there were a few odd plot problems. When the nice family is cheated and are homesteading on Saunders' property, he says nothing to the family! I sure would have said something--as would any sane person. And, when a local guy sees Taggart sneaking in and out of the hotel by climbing down the roof, why doesn't he bother telling the Sheriff--especially since there have seen a plethora of shootings? Still, the acting is nice, the villain enjoyably rotten and the film kept my interest, so on balance it's well worth seeing.

By the way, although it isn't very important, the version of this film I saw from archive.org was actually 63 minutes long, not the 59 listed on IMDb.

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