Review: "Rko Classic Adventures" Starring Bill Boyd, Helen Twelvetrees, Joel McCrea, And Others; A Kino Lorber Blu-ray Release

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By John M. Whalen

Kino Classics and the film preservationists at France’s Lobster Films have dug up three interesting, if obscure, old “classics” that, if nothing else, definitely would have qualified for presentation on Art Fern’s old Tea Time Movie skits from Johnny Carson's "Tonight Show". Names like Helen Twelvetrees, William Farnum, J. Farrell MacDonald, Lowell Sherman, Wade Boteler, Louis Wolheim, and Evelyn Brent appear in the films gathered together here on one disc under the title, “Rko Classic Adventures.”

The first is “The Painted Desert” (1931) starring Helen Twelvetrees and Bill Boyd. The story starts out as a cross between John Ford’s “3 Godfathers” and Sam Peckinpah’s “Ballad of Cable Hogue.” Cash Holbrook (William Farnum) and Jeff Cameron (J. Farrell MacDonald) are two cowboys who discover an abandoned wagon in the Arizona desert containing a baby boy. The two argue over who will take care of him,
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