The Lone Star Trail

The Lone Star Trail (1943)
Indian Prairie recently acquired Johnny Mack Brown: classic westerns collection. Of the four movies, this is the best.

Johnny Mack Brown was a star football player at the University of Alabama in the 1920s. His good looks got him a start in Hollywood in the late 1920s. At first his career appeared to be taking off as he starred with Hollywood heavyweights such as Mary Pickford, Joan Crawford, Jean Harlow, and Clark Gable. In the early 1930s though, he began regularly making “B” westerns.

The plot for Lone Star Trail is a fairly standard one. Rancher Blaze Barker returns to the town of Dead Falls to clear his name after spending two years in prison for a robbery he didn’t commit. The actual robbers do what they can to either send him back to prison or to kill him. Comic relief is provided by veteran actor and sidekick Fuzzy Knight.

Of particular interest in this film is that one of the “bad guys” is played by a future Hollywood legend very early in his career. Even if you don’t like westerns, it would be fun to watch the first few minutes of the film to see if you can identify him (if you’re impatient, just click here).

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