18 January 2021 | morrisonhimself
Lots of action and three messages!
Reb Russell had a lot of ability. He was a good-looking and athletic man, and had a good expressive face. But he couldn't deliver his lines.
He had been to college so I bet all he really needed was some training. Alas, Hollywood apparently just threw him into a series of low-budget B Westerns to exploit his name and football fame.
Message One: Train your athletes, Hollywood, and you might get even more out of them. (Many, such as Chuck Connors and Jim Brown, became very fine actors and sold a lot of tickets and a lot of advertising.)
Message Two: Marion Shilling was a lovely, spirited, adorable actress and should have been cast a lot more often. Her role here would have been proof by itself: Her character was tough, ready and willing to pick up a rifle to defend herself, her home, and another person she knew was not guilty of criminal charges.
And just watch her face. Not just lovely, but expressive. Great to watch.
Shilling herself, by the way, dedicated herself to become a good horse rider, and even got lessons from the great Buck Jones. She really showed herself to be an excellent Westerns performer in "Blazing Guns."
Capital punishment is maybe the law but is a bad idea, and that is Message Three. Reb Russell's character is twice accused of crimes and sentenced -- without a trial! -- to be hanged, although back in them days it was "hung."
This story makes good use of many characters, all or most well played by some good Western performers. There is some good dialogue and, as mentioned above, the "Betty Lou Rickard" character is beautifully acted by the lovely Marion Shilling, even if she is here billed as "Marian."
We get to see Hank Bell, covered by a vigilante mask and not given screen credit, but we veteran viewers know when we're watching a veteran player.
Chuck Morrison, Silver Tip Baker, and Gene Alsace are also here and unbilled, but they and their ilk just make Westerns.
Slim Whitaker, here billed as "Chas.", gets to play a deputy sheriff and some of his personality shines through.
All in all, this is a fun movie, despite its low-budget flaws. There's a not-very-good print at YouTube. I hope you'll watch it.