Taken from IMDB: Bob Blake and his boys arrive at Joe Jackson's ranch to find him missing. While Slim cheats Dusty out of his money using ventriloquism and marked cards, Blake tries to find Jackson. Learning that Thorne and his gang hold him prisoner, he and his men trail them. When Thorne's gang gets the drop on them, Slim puts his ventriloquism to work.
September 16, 2019 Subject:
This African-American western is certainly the equal of any average "B" western, It stars Herb Jeffries, who much like the various white heroes, is tall, slim, quick on he draw and good with his fists. He also has a beautiful tenor voice (later lowered to baritone range) and is accompanied by "The Four Tones", excellent vocalists who comprise the four men who ride with him on his adventures. One of them, Lucius Brooks, also provides a little comic relief. The female lead is cutie Artie Young, sadly underused here, as her real forte was her great dancing. Spencer William, Jr. (best known to millions as Andy in the TV show "Amos and Andy") plays a tough bad guy with a bit of a mean and cowardly streak - he would have shot Jeffries in the back at one point and later kicks an unconscious Jeffries as payback. The plot is okay - there is just enough riding, fighting and gun play to make it a western. Worth 55 minutes of viewing time for being an African-American film, for Herb Jeffries' singing and as a decent western.
This is much better than I was expecting it to be.
Not an outstanding classic, of course, but an enjoyable b-western regardless.
That song certainly ends with a bang!
January 29, 2011 Subject:
Enjoyable all-black western (1939)
This surprisingly enjoyable B-Western is the middle of three films featuring Herb Jeffries as the Bronze Buckaroo. It, along with the other two --Two-Gun Man from Harlem (1938) and Harlem Rides the Range (1939), are directed by Richard Kahn. Herb Jeffries was the first black singing cowboy. His baritone, along with the singing of the Four Tones, adds to the pleasure of watching and listening to the film.