Cal Weston, after an absence of many years (in a remake of his 1930 Universal film "The Fighting Legion"), rides into Mesa to visit his father, co-partner of the town bank with Jud Winters. Cal discovers the sheriff and the coroner, Doctor Crandall in his father's office examining his body with Crandall rendering a verdict of suicide. Cal knows it wasn't suicide as the gun is in his right hand and John Weston was left handed, and he cautions Winters, the only person in town who knows his true identity, not to reveal it. Cal then begins his quest to find the killer and the motive, a quest hampered when the bank's crooked bookkeeper Martin Carter has his henchman Burl Adams and two accomplices ambush and shoot the examiner from the country seat, and then has a fake examiner declare that the bank has been looted by John Weston, and Carter declares that Cal, whose true identity has been learned, knows where the money is. Maynard, as usual, gets tied up in order his give his horse "Tarzan"...Written by
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The earliest documented telecasts of this film took place on the East Coast in New York City Wednesday 14 July 1948 on WATV (Channel 13), in Syracuse NY Sunday 14 July 1949 on WHEN (Channel 8), in Cincinnati Monday 28 November 1949 on WCPO (Channel 7), and on the West Coast in Los Angeles Wednesday 30 August 1950 on KTSL (Channel 2). See more »
Ken Maynard comes to visit his banker father, only to find him dead of an apparent suicide and his bank looted. However, the suicide weapon is in the right-hand of a left-handed man. Maynard vows to bring the killers to justice, recover the town's money, and clear his father's good name.
The Lone Avenger is fast-paced fun, with loads of action and gun-play. However, the title is a bit of a misnomer, as Ken has a lot of help by the end of the picture, a neat, atmospheric final act in which Maynard and pals psyche out the villains in the midst of a driving nighttime thunderstorm.
One of the few real cowboys to get a picture contract, the salt-of-the-earth Maynard was the first singing western star (1929's The Wagon Master) and allegedly a mean SOB as well! Early on in the movie, he actually seems to be enjoying himself a little too much in a scene where his character orders a man to be dunked repeatedly into a water trough, until he apologizes for insulting his deceased dad!
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