The Land Of Missing Men

  • 1930
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Western

Steele and sidekick St. John happen upon a saloon where a gunfight has just occurred. Inside they find a number of bodies and a wounded man who tells them of a plan to hold up the stagecoach carrying the dying man's daughter. The heroes reach the coach ahead of the robbers and stop it, kidnaping the girl (Lincoln). She escapes the care of Steele and goes...read more

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Steele and sidekick St. John happen upon a saloon where a gunfight has just occurred. Inside they find a number of bodies and a wounded man who tells them of a plan to hold up the stagecoach carrying the dying man's daughter. The heroes reach the coach ahead of the robbers and stop it,

kidnaping the girl (Lincoln). She escapes the care of Steele and goes to round up a posse. Steele and St. John enter the bandit camp and manage to subdue the bad guys and expose sheriff Dunn as their leader just as help arrives. Routine horse opera interesting mostly for the presence of Al

Jennings in a minor role. A failure as a robber in the late 1880s, Jennings served seven years in prison for his part in a train robbery that netted all of $60 for Jennings and his three brothers. When he was released he traveled to California telling stories about his days as the Old West's most

feared desperado. Not much better as an actor than as a robber, he managed to hang on in the film community, telling his increasingly ludicrous yarns to anyone who would listen. In 1951 Hollywood immortalized this legend-in-his-own-mind in AL JENNINGS OF OKLAHOMA, taking the myth even further from

the reality. Jennings died in 1961 at the age of 98 raving about his fictitious accomplishments. This was one of eight films made by Steele in a series distributed by the short-lived Tiffany. (The company went out of business after its next series, which featured Ken Maynard). Six of the eight

were directed by McCarthy. The series had two firsts: Steele's premier all-talking picture, and the first film in which the diminutive cowboy sang (fortunately, he soon stopped that nonsense), a full four years before Gene Autry "introduced" the singing-cowboy concept.

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