I have a hard time putting it into exact words, but of all the B-movie western stars of the 30s and 40s, Tim McCoy is among my favorites. Part of this reason is easy--he DIDN'T sing! Part of it also was because he wasn't a pretty-boy--more like a real guy. And, it didn't hurt that he was in reality an amazing shot--traveling the country putting on shooting exhibitions as well as serving as a Colonel in the US Army.
"The Traitor" has a rather familiar plot since it finds McCoy playing a US Marshall. In this case, he's in a bind--he's been sent to stop a lynch mob but in the process he ended up freeing the prisoners--two men wanted for murder. When he returns to headquarters, he's fired for freeing the guys. Not at all surprisingly, this is a ruse--allowing Tim to go undercover--something he did in most of his films. What happens next? See for yourself.
While this film is pretty familiar, it is well done--particularly when you consider that it's a low-budget film from a so-called 'Poverty Row Studio'. As usual, entertaining.
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