A dagger has been left in every robbery by Walter Durant, fugitive leader of the President Lincoln murder ring. Rocky is sent to Santa Fe to find Durant and arrest him and the gang of ... See full summary »
Sundown In Santa Fe belongs to that grand tradition of B westerns where whole new stories from history are woven out of thin air. For those of you who thought that it was John Wilkes Booth and that curious crew he gathered to meet at Mary Surratt's boardinghouse that did in Lincoln and tried to do in Seward, oh no. Instead it was a guy named Walter Durant who now resides in Santa Fe who has big ambitions of his own now that his beloved Confederacy is no more.
Of course they operate stealthily, but even at that the operatives and Booth and his crew were just one cell leave a calling card at their crimes, a dagger with 'Sic Semper Tyrannis' printed on the handle. Those words that Booth shouted as he limped away on his broken leg after jumping from the Presidential box at Ford's Theater. Now that's keeping it secret.
Naturally the government wants to get Durant and they assign Rocky Lane and Eddy Waller to the task. Now the mastermind has a parrot named JEB after JEB Stuart. That should have given our guys a clue, but it does take them the whole hour to figure it out.
If in fact this was to be a Monte Hale instead of a Rocky Lane film than it was Monte's good fortune he missed this. Most of Rocky Lane's later films for Republic are pretty good for B westerns. But this one was too grandiose and highfalutin' for my taste.