Cowboy Holiday (1934)
The second of four Westerns starring Guinn "Big Boy" Williams and released by low-budget Beacon Pictures, this film has retained none of the lustre accorded the series opener, Thunder over Texas (1934). That drab little oater is still written about due to its director, cult phenomenon Edgar G. Ulmer, while Cowboy Holiday, helmed by nonentity Robert F. Hill, is completely forgotten. Not that the film was not deserving of that fate; a terrible clunker in most respects, Cowboy Holiday was a rather commonplace story of a goodhearted cowboy who is mistaken for a notorious Mexican outlaw, The Juarez Kid. When the real bandit kills a rancher, poor Buck Sawyer is blamed. Wounded by the murdered man's employees, Buck seeks shelter in a lonely cabin unaware that he will be sharing accommodation with the real outlaw. It all ends well for our hero, who not only clears his name but wins the love of the murdered rancher's daughter (Janet Chandler), but it took director Hill 57 long minutes to get that far. Hill had only himself to blame: he wrote the screenplay under the pseudonym of "Rock" Hawkey. Cowboy Holiday was one of those cheap productions where the names of the cast-members are misspelled in the credits. … More
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