Scott is a government agent out to break up a gang of rustlers in this western. One of 10 Paramount B-westerns with an A-western appearance, the film stars Scott in a Zane Grey story, mostly directed by Hathaway, made during the early 1930s when the studio was near bankruptcy. The studio
solved its financial problems during those bank-holiday Depression times by cleverly melding footage from its high-budget silents starring Jack Holt (whose contract with the studio had lapsed) with entirely new close-action shots using the same costumes worn by different actors. In this film, as
in the others of the series, the uncredited Holt is seen in the costly, location long shots; the close-up cuts are of Scott. All of the synchronous sound takes were thus made under tightly controlled studio conditions. While many other companies routinely used stock footage and cuts from earlier
films, Paramount made the technique a way of life for its westerns during this period. The matches were well done; the Grey westerns with Scott as star are among the best of the genre, and author Grey himself attested that of all the actors who had portrayed his protagonists, Scott came closest to
his visualized ideal. Holt's silent version of this film had been released four years previously; a third version followed in 1946. Director Hathaway later went on to make such noted pictures as CALL NORTHSIDE 777 (1948) and TRUE GRIT (1969).
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- Review: Scott is a government agent out to break up a gang of rustlers in this western. One of 10 Paramount B-westerns with an A-western appearance, the film stars Scott in a Zane Grey story, mostly directed by Hathaway, made during the early 1930s when the studio… (more)