Rancher Reynolds (Frank LaRue) has fired his men and hired killers and is now using a crooked land deal to put the other ranchers off their land. Calico (Horace Murphy) finds the reason why when he runs into his old nemesis Porter (Ed Cassidy).
February 25, 2014 Subject:
The Last Of The Lot
This was Johnny Mack Brown's last of a lot of eight films that A.W. Hackel supplied to Republic Pictures to pick up where John Wayne left off in 1936 when his contract holder(Monogram) took him over to the New Universal Pictures in 1937 to make pictures other than Westerns. Republic needed another Western star along side of Gene Autry to start off with until they could get their own western plans off the ground. This little film was super cheap on all levels and it shows badly. A.W. Hackel supplied a few more films to Republic starring Bob Steele as well. None of the Brown entries for Republic were very good beyond being a diverse lot.
This does have one or two things going for it. Johnny Mack Brown for one gives it the old college try, but comes off lack-luster. Clair Rochelle, who I've always liked, as sort of a bargain basement Carole Lombard type has nothing to do here and that's too bad. Otherwise it's strictly by the numbers. I own several of the films that Brown did for A.W. Hackel and Supreme Pictures made between 1935 and 1937 on DVD, but not this one. I don't know why. Watch this only if you're a Johnny Mack Brown addict, otherwise pass this by. Picture and sound quality leaves much to be desired as well.