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  • The notorious Black Bart, gentleman outlaw who plied his trade in California of the 1870s looks like he's taken up robbery again this time in Apache Butte, Arizona Territory. The Range Busters, Ray Corrigan, Dusty King, and Max Terhune are called to apprehend the robber.

    No one ever knows what happened to the real Black Bart whose real name was Charles Bolles. He disappeared after his parole in 1888 and was never seen or heard from again. So for once a B western had some basis in fact.

    As it turns out the real Black Bart is in the area and taking up an entirely different vocation. But he's as concerned as the Range Busters are in apprehending this impostor.

    This was a good entry in the Range Busters series, maybe one of their best.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    You know, I really had to think about that quote in my summary line from The Deacon (Forrest Taylor). It sounds like the first and the second part of the statement belong in different sentences, not to mention different pictures. It's still not making any sense to me even after the picture is over.

    "Wrangler's Roost" trades on the legend of the notorious Western outlaw known as Black Bart who I really don't know much about but am now inclined to do some research on. Suffice it for this Range Busters story that Bart's been paroled from jail after a five year hitch, and hasn't been heard from in a decade. Turning up in the town of Apache Butte, he turns into Deacon Stewart, a stalwart citizen who's campaigning to build a new church for the town. Only problem is, the film's main villain Miller (George Chesebro) is impersonating Black Bart, robbing stagecoaches on the one hand, and running the local saloon and gambling house on the other.

    A couple of interesting anomalies here. How is it that Crash Corrigan, arriving in town as a 'notorious gambler and ladies man', manages to run the roulette table with every spin? It helps him establish a phony identity, but how did he do that without an accomplice? As for Max 'Alibi' Terhune, I'll have to go out on a limb and say he's got to be one of the great ventriloquists of all time - his lips NEVER move at all!! How does he do that?

    Pretty standard story here that reintroduces the perennial rivalry between Crash and Dusty King for the attention of a pretty female lead in Miss Molly Collins (Gwen Gaze). Dusty handles the singing chores on the title tune, but gets his comeuppance when he wins a five dollar bid on a lunch basket raffle, and the silhouetted gal with the bow in her hair turns out to be an old maid. Credit Dusty with chivalry here, at least he was a good sport about it.