Hair-Trigger Casey

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The second of former silent screen star Jack Perrin's "Blue Ribbon" Westerns, Hair-Trigger Casey deftly straddled the fence between gangster melodrama and ordinary horse-opera. Perrin played an army captain rushing back to his ranch where strange things are occurring. As it turns out, the ranch foreman (Edward Cassidy) and cook (Phil Dunham) have gone into business together smuggling Chinese immigrants across the border from Mexico. On his magnificent horse Starlight, Perrin chases the gangsters up and down the border, his "hair trigger" shooting skills eventually deciding the outcome. Fellow silent star Wally Wales co-starred as Perrin's equally tough brother, with African-American comedian Fred "Snowflake" Toones delivering the lighter moments. Betty Mack, who also appeared opposite Tom Tyler, Bob Steele, Kermit Maynard, Harry Carey and Rex Bell in a B-Western career that lasted 1931-1939, provided the necessary romantic interest.

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