West of Cimarron (1941)





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A fine, action-packed entry in Republic Pictures' long-running "Three Mesqueteers" Western series, West of Cimarron featured the constellation of Bob Steele as Tucson Smith, Tom Tyler as Stony Brooke, and Rufe Davis as Lullaby Joslin. The scene is Texas right after the Civil War and former medical doctor Ken Morgan (James Bush) is leading a gang of "bushwackers" against the unfair taxation policies of the occupying Union army lead by Colonel Conway (Guy Usher). But Conway is unaware that his civilian attaché Bentley (Hugh Prosser) and nasty Captain Hawkes (Roy Barcroft) are in fact squeezing money from the populace in general and tavern owner Morgan (Budd Buster), Ken's father, in particular. When Ken's younger brother (Mickey Rentschler) is shot in the back by one of Hawkes' men, Tucson, Lullaby, and Stony come to the rescue, despite the fact that the latter fought with the Union Army in the recent war. Learning the truth from the Mesqueteers, an outraged Colonel Conway demands an investigation. Hawkes, however, has the colonel killed by his own orderly (Cactus Mack), who manages to frame Ken. When Stony and Tucson interfere, they are imprisoned by Bentley, who has taken over command. But by using a great deal of cunning, Lullaby and his sidekick Rastus (Cordell Hickman) get word to Major Briggs (Stanley Blystone) -- the inspector general -- and the renegade army officers are wiped out in a final shootout. Unusual for a B-Western, West of Cimarron got in trouble with the Production Code Administration, which demanded that some of the killings be eliminated and that the writers more clearly portray Hawkes and his men as renegades and not representatives of the Union army.
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Bob Steele
as Tucson Smith
Tom Tyler
as 'Stony' Brooke
Rufe Davis
as Lullaby Joslin
Lois Collier
as Doris Conway
James Bush
as Dr. Ken Morgan
Guy Usher
as Colonel Conway
Hugh Prosser
as Charles Bentley
Roy Barcroft
as Captain Hawks
Cordell Hickman
as Rastus Brown
Budd Buster
as Colonel Grant Morgan
Mickey Rentschler
as Jimmy Conway
Cactus Mack
as Trooper Guarding Jail
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West of Cimarron (Lester Orlebeck, 1941) I was all set to decalare West of Cimarron to be my favorite of the Three Mesquiteers two-reelers, a predictable-but-fun genre western with this incarnation of the trio (Bob Steele, Tom Tyler, and Rufe Davis) stuck in the middle of a post-Civil War dust-up between former Confederates (the Bushwhackers) and former Unionists (the Carpetbaggers). And then came the climactic sequence, in which, just in case you hadn't caught on to the fact that this movie was made before anyone started talking about equal rights, it decides to jam the racism in your face, using racial stereotypes (and blackface!) not just for comic relief, but as major plot points. How was this still not offensive by 1941? One way or the other, it is now, and this is one where you'll have a hard time pleading âthe culture of the timesâ?. The last ten minutes or so of this film are just plain offensive, and do a great deal to hamstring the quality of the rest of the movie. *

Robert Beveridge
Robert Beveridge

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