30 March 2021 | boblipton
Sometimes Enquiring Minds Decide Not To Ask
It's an Eddie Dean oater with a couple of odd tinges to it. Eddie and Roscoe Ates finish a drive to deliver cattle to Lee Roberts, to find his sister Shirley Patterson in charge. Someone's rustling cattle, and so forth, and Eddie helps them out.
All standard stuff for a singing B Western. What's odd is that, although director Robert Emmet Tansey doesn't emphasize it, there are some odd role reversals here. Lee Bennett plays two roles as unrelated lookalikes, for no clear reason. In addition, one of Eddie's songs, "On the Sands of the Rio Grande" is a love ballad about him waiting for his love to come back. Miss Patterson rides up, Eddie gets the impression she loves another, and he sulks a bit and tries to conceal his feelings for her. Normally, of course, this would be the girl's song, and the handling of the situation reverses the normal gender roles. Was this an attempt to open up the rigid roles and operations of the B western? Was this why Dean, despite his popularity as a singer, never got further than PRC?
Other thn those two oddities, there's little of note in this one: just another of the seemingly thousands of westerns that had been a staple of movies since Broncho Billy Anderson, and would continue on TV until the American Mythos shifted to space in the late 1960s.