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Eastern educated Bob Culpepper, along with grizzled prospector Solitary, hit the mother lode and head to Gold Town to stake their claim. Along the way they chase off a gang of stagecoach robbers, led by the oafish Missouri, who works for shady Gold Town saloon owner Jack Hanway. Bob immediately falls in love with one of the passengers, pretty songstress Nellie Brian. Things do not go well for Bob back in town, however, as not only does Hanway, jealous of Nellie's affection for Bob, frame him for the robbery and has him arrested, but cajoles the existence of the big gold strike out of a drunken Solitary, with plans to stake the claim himself the next morning.Written by
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Why is it that no one in town thinks Hanway is an evil jerk?!
One of the most familiar B-western themes is the big bad boss...the rich guy who is greedy and wants everything! So, when you see Hanway (Onslow Stevens)....you instantly recognize him as this character. So why is it that no one in this silly town recognizes this as well?!
When the movie begins, an old guy is involved with a shootout. You really aren't sure who's in the right....and Bob Culpepper (Richard Dix) doesn't question it when one guy shoots the other...he just helps bury the loser! During this burial, however, he strikes gold and the two men have a very rich strike. Not surprisingly, Hanway wants to steal this claim...and he's already involved in several other illegalities, such as having his men try to rob the stage. Can niceness possibly prevail or is Hanway destined to run everything and everyone? And, what does the pretty lady have to do with all this?
As you can assume from what I've already written, "Yellow Dust" is a formulaic film. Fortunately, formula can still be good if you have good actors--and Richard Dix was always terrific in westerns. And, because of this and better than normal production values, this is sort of like a B+ film....better than a typical B but not quite as fancy a production nor as long as an A film.
For what it is, it's quite good and enjoyable. Though predictable, it's well made and well acted.
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