Son Of A Badman

  • 1949
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Western

Special US Marshal LaRue and his comical sidekick St. John ride into Star City, assigned to clear the town of a group of bandits headed by "El Sombre," a mystery man. Ambushed by the bandits, the two fight them off. Once in town, St. John heads for the office of dentist Whalen to have an aching tooth pulled; LaRue meets the sheriff, Harvey, of whom he quickly...read more

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Special US Marshal LaRue and his comical sidekick St. John ride into Star City, assigned to clear the town of a group of bandits headed by "El Sombre," a mystery man. Ambushed by the bandits, the two fight them off. Once in town, St. John heads for the office of dentist Whalen to have an

aching tooth pulled; LaRue meets the sheriff, Harvey, of whom he quickly becomes suspicious. Harvey proves to be the minion of land-grabber McDonald, who is also in league with "El Sombre." The gang is after the property of widow Holland, whose murdered husband had sent for the marshal. Holland's

daughter, Neill, following LaRue's plan, transfers the deed to the land to McDonald, who immediately charges the outrageous toll that has been charged to local cattlemen for the right to traverse the territory to cattle-feeding land. Surprise! Neill was underage and not competent to peddle the

property. Angered, McDonald gets physical with the two women but is killed by "El Sombre," who smells a doublecross. LaRue goes to dentist Whalen to get his teeth repaired and is given some pills by the doctor, who then discloses that he is "El Sombre" and that the marshal will soon die from the

poisonous pellets. But the lawman has only palmed the pills and whales Whalen with his whip, delivering him to justice. This was one of a series of films made after LaRue's longtime production company, the Poverty Row Producers Releasing Corporation, went out of business. Film historian Les Adams

said of these films, "Those who consider PRC's offerings as coming from the bottom of the pit have evidently never been exposed to Ron Ormond productions circa anytime. Compared to those, PRC was an uptown dude in high-yeller shoes." Indeed, sidekick St. John became so disgruntled about the

diminishing quality of these productions that he retired from the screen for good in 1951.

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