Hands Across the Rockies (1941)

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Wild Bill and Cannonball arrive looking for the killer of Cannonball's father only to become involved in a family feud. A man has been charged with kidnaping the girl he plans to marry. So ... See full summary »


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  • Bill Elliott and Slim Whitaker in Hands Across the Rockies (1941)
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  • Bill Elliott and Kenneth MacDonald in Hands Across the Rockies (1941)
  • Bill Elliott in Hands Across the Rockies (1941)
  • Hands Across the Rockies (1941)
  • Kathryn Bates, Stanley Brown, Mary Daily, Bill Elliott, Frank LaRue, Kenneth MacDonald, and Eddy Waller in Hands Across the Rockies (1941)

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25 June 2011 | bkoganbing
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| Wild Bill Makes A Wild Prosecutor
In Hands Across The Rockies Wild Bill Elliott as Wild Bill Hickok handles one of the more unusual problems he ever encountered in a western. He and sidekick Dub Taylor hear about the murder of Taylor's father and they journey to the town it occurred in. On the way almost by accident they capture a wanted criminal.

But when they get to where they're going they run into another interesting problem. No mystery as to who the killer is for the audience, it's Kenneth MacDonald who is the local saloon owner. When we meet him he's negotiating a marriage deal for Mary Daily who happened to witness the murder so she can never testify against her husband. And her bottom feeding family is ready to go along with it.

That's not sitting well with Daily or her boyfriend Stanley Brown with whom Daily flees. But they're caught and Brown is charged with kidnapping. So Elliott acts as his attorney to get him off before he can proceed with the homicide he's come to get justice on.

Hands Across The Rockies is one of the best of the Bill Elliott B westerns I've seen so far. It has a very original plot and might even belong in the legal cinema genre as well as a western. The irascible judge and the self righteous prosecutor are played by Eddy Waller and Harrison Greene. Waller runs his courtroom like Judge Roy Bean with a rifle across his bench and Greene keeps irritating him so. This role of Judge Plunkett just might have been Eddy Waller's career role.

Definitely a must for fans of Wild Bill Elliott and those who haven't heard of him will become fans upon seeing this one.

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