Raiders Of Sunset Pass

  • 1943
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Western

A fascinating B western about a group of women who join forces to fend off a gang of rustlers attacking Miller's ranch. Because of WW II, Miller has a shortage of ranch hands, rendering him unable to battle the rustlers. With the rustlers stealing his cattle, he is unable to satisfy a government contract. Miller's daughter, Holt, organizes the local girls...read more

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A fascinating B western about a group of women who join forces to fend off a gang of rustlers attacking Miller's ranch. Because of WW II, Miller has a shortage of ranch hands, rendering him unable to battle the rustlers. With the rustlers stealing his cattle, he is unable to satisfy a

government contract. Miller's daughter, Holt, organizes the local girls into a group called the Women's Army of the Plains (WAPS). They band together at Miller's ranch, partaking in daily military drills and communicating with the cowboys via walkie-talkies. Because they are able to alert the

local cowboys of the rustlers' attack, the gang is rounded up and Sunset Pass is again made safe. It is interesting not only that the role of women is so predominant in RAIDERS OF SUNSET PASS, but that there is any place at all for them in the traditionally male-dominated B western. The reason,

however, is less a progressive one than one of necessity. Not only were the cowboy characters in the film away at war, but cowboy actors in Hollywood were also becoming scarce. The easiest solution (as opposed to stopping the production of oaters) was to use women in the mens' roles in much the

same way American factories were using them. The return of the western stars (and soldiers) just a few short years later, however, caused Hollywood to revert back to many of its old ways. This was the first of four films featuring the John Paul Revere character. Eddie Dew again played him in

BEYOND THE LAST FRONTIER (1943), and Robert Livingston took on the character in PRIDE OF THE PLAINS and BENEATH WESTERN SKIES, both in 1944.

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