Ride A Crooked Mile

  • 1938
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Raised to be a hard-fighting Cossack, Tamiroff is the leader of a gang of cattle thieves. Tamiroff is joined by his 21-year-old son, Erickson, sent to him by his ex-wife. "Like father, like son," goes the old saying, and it certainly applies to Erickson, for he is just as aggressive and manly as his father. The two try to outdo each other in various feats,...read more

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Raised to be a hard-fighting Cossack, Tamiroff is the leader of a gang of cattle thieves. Tamiroff is joined by his 21-year-old son, Erickson, sent to him by his ex-wife. "Like father, like son," goes the old saying, and it certainly applies to Erickson, for he is just as aggressive and

manly as his father. The two try to outdo each other in various feats, and mutual admiration and respect soon blossom. But the law catches up with Tamiroff, and he is sent off to Leavenworth. Erickson joins a cavalry unit and plots to help his father escape. The escape works, but a moral crisis

arises for the son when his unit must search for the escapees. He leads the search party and finally catches up with his father. Explaining that his loyalty to the troops must come first, Erickson attempts to arrest his father. However, Tamiroff tries to escape and ends up running off the edge of

a cliff.

Despite its B western-sounding title, RIDE A CROOKED MILE is an exciting, well-made action film. Tamiroff and Erickson give vigorous performances seething with machismo. There's not a wasted moment in this film, with each scene adding to the film's complexity rather than simply filling time. The

prison sequences comprise scenes showing the would-be escapees making plans and are filmed in tight close-ups and two-shots; no screen time is wasted on the usual depiction of day-to-day prison life. Perhaps the only glaring fault in the film is Farmer's bit role as Erickson's girl friend. It's

not that she's bad; she does a good job in this limited part. However, Farmer, a veteran of the Group Theater and a talented, accomplished actress, clearly deserved better roles than a small throwaway part like this. Eventually her rebellious attitude towards her castings and the entire studio

system would do her in, a downfall well chronicled in FRANCES (1983), the harrowing film version of her life story.

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