Pirates of the Prairie

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Release date: Nov 20, 1942

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In one of his better early Westerns, Tim Holt, as Deputy Marshal Larry Durant, is sent to Spencerville where a gang of vigilantes has been terrorizing the citizenry. Going undercover as a gunsmith, Larry quickly learns that the leader of the vigilantes, John Spencer (John Elliott), is an honest man who only seeks to establish law and order. The real brains behind the crimes, meanwhile, are revealed to be Spencer's brother-in-law, Lou Harmon (Roy Barcroft), and his chief henchman, Leighton (Charles King), who speculate in the coming of the railroad by forcing the townspeople to relinquish their land. When Harmon learns from innocent tattle-tale Ike (Cliff Edwards) that the railroad will be bypassing Spencerville in favor of neighboring East Spencerville, the vigilantes shift their operations to that community. Spencer is killed by Leighton in the ensuing melee but with the assistance of the East Spencerville townspeople, Larry manages to trap Harmon and his gang in the local saloon. When not making life difficult for Tim Holt, comedy relief Cliff Edwards performs "Grandpap" and "Where the Mountain Meets the Sunset," both by Fred Rose and Ray Whitley. Pirates of the Prairie was a remake of Legion of the Lawless, a '40s Western starring Tim Holt's predecessor at RKO, George O'Brien.

Cast

Cliff Edwards
as Ukulele Ike
Nell O'Day
as Helen Spencer
Roy Barcroft
as Lou Harmon
Tim Holt
as Deputy Larry Durante
John Elliott
as John Spencer
Karl Hackett
as Rufe Jackson
Dick Cramer
as Bartender (uncredited)
Edward Cassidy
as Chief Surveyor Allen
Bessie Wade
as Mrs. Jackson
Eddie Dew
as Stableman (uncredited)
Merrill McCormack
as Jail Guard (uncredited)
Reed Howes
as Henchman Gordon (uncredited)
Charles King
as Henchman Layton
Dick Rush
as Rancher
Martin Faust
as Rancher
Bud Geary
as Henchman Bill Drake (uncredited)
Lee Shumway
as U.S. Marshal Warren (uncredited)
Russell Wade
as Vigilante (uncredited)
Ben Corbett
as East Spencerville Townsman Corbett
Merlyn Nelson
as Stage Driver
Frank McCarroll
as Vigilante (uncredited)
Artie Ortego
as Vigilante (uncredited)
Sedal Bennett
as Genevieve
George Morrell
as Townsman (uncredited)
Bill Wolfe
as Townsman
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