25 June 2011 | bkoganbing
The Lottery From El Paso
Wild Bill Elliott now riding the range as one of the stable of Republic Studio cowboy heroes is an undercover Treasury man in Bordertown Gun Fighters. Relations between the State of Texas and the territory of New Mexico are deteriorating rapidly because of a crooked Texas state lottery run out of El Paso by saloon owner Ian Keith.
Local law enforcement has been unable to cope with the problem of worthless tickets flooding New Mexico with pre-determined Texas winners on the other side of the state line. So the Treasury steps in with agent Bill Elliott and sidekick Gabby Hayes working with sheriff Harry Woods to bring down the gang.
The surprise here is Woods who in 95% of his films is always a bad guy, usually a fine western heavy. The classically trained Ian Keith best known for playing Octavian in Cecil B. DeMille's Cleopatra, adds some nice bearing for his role as villain.
Anne Jeffreys is in the cast as Keith's innocent niece who sings in his gambling palace, but also helps bring him down. Gabby who Woods is constantly putting down actually finds key evidence quite accidentally though.
Nice B western which moves at a good clip. Elliott's Republic Pictures seem to be less violent than the ones he would do later on.