Boss of Hangtown Mesa (1942) - Rotten Tomatoes

Boss of Hangtown Mesa (1942)

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It is now an accepted fact that the best of Johnny Mack Brown's Universal westerns were directed by the talented Joseph H. Lewis. Boss of Hangtown Mesa may not be in the same league as the Brown-Lewis classic Arizona Cyclone, but it comes awfully close. This time around, hero Steve Collins (Brown) comes to the aid of Betty Wilkins (Helen Deverell), who has taken over the telegraph-line business established by her uncle John (Henry Hall). The latter was murdered by outlaws who don't cotton to having the territory linked up electronically with the rest of the world. Collins manages to expose the "Mister Big" behind the outlaws and to make the frontier safe for Western Union.

Cast

Johnny Mack Brown
as Steve Collins
Fuzzy Knight
as Dr. J. Wellington Dingle
Helen Deverell
as Betty Wilkins
William Farnum
as Judge Ezra Binns
Rex Lease
as Bert Lawler
Hugh Prosser
as Utah Kid
Robert Barron
as Flash Hollister
Michael Vallon
as Clint Rayner
Henry Hall
as John Wilkins
Nora Lou Martin
as Nora Lou, Singer
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Lively B Western.

January 12, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Richly directed B-Westerm with complex undercover roles, photography and a look at building the telegraph.

August 6, 2013 | Full Review…
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