25 November 2011 | bkoganbing
Denton Family Values
Only a lack of production values prevents me from giving this Lippert Production a higher rating. Three Desperate Men is an outstanding B western that stars Preston Foster, Jim Davis and Ross Latimer as the Denton brothers, read Dalton Brothers.
Foster and Davis are earning a living in Texas as honest lawmen and learn that their brother Latimer has been arrested in another state on a train robbery charge he couldn't possibly have committed since he was with them. They ride with evidence to clear him before he hangs, but the railroad agent Rory Mallinson is a vicious sort who tries to send them out of town before the hanging. They spring Latimer, but a deputy is killed. After that they're all hunted outlaws.
Although the film is short it packs quite a lot of action in its 70 minute time frame. In the supporting cast note a pair of good performances from Monte Blue as the former marshal who employed Foster and Davis and now has to track them down and from William Haade who may have his career role in this film as the amiable outlaw whom Foster and Davis once hunted and who now joins with them.
There is also a bittersweet romance with Virginia Grey and Foster that also ends badly. As for the ending itself Denton is an alias for Dalton and we know how it ended for those brothers.
One of the best films I've seen from Lippert and that's not just comparatively speaking.