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The Bandit Trail (1941)

Rancher Tom Haggerty is killed trying to stop a gun battle between his hot-headed brother Red and the sheriff, who is trying to repossess Haggerty's ranch for defaulting on a bank loan. ... See full summary »

Director:

Edward Killy

Writers:

Norton S. Parker (screenplay), Arthur T. Horman (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tim Holt ... Steve Haggerty
Ray Whitley ... Smokey
Janet Waldo ... Ellen Grant
Lee 'Lasses' White Lee 'Lasses' White ... Whopper
Morris Ankrum ... Red Haggerty
Roy Barcroft ... Joel Nesbitt
Jack Holmes Jack Holmes ... Sheriff Saunders (as J. Merrill Holmes)
Eddy Waller ... Tom Haggerty (as Eddie Waller)
Glenn Strange ... Idaho
Frank Ellis Frank Ellis ... Al
Joseph Eggenton Joseph Eggenton ... Banker Andrew Grant
Guy Usher Guy Usher ... Mayor Blake
Jack Rube Clifford Jack Rube Clifford ... Kurt Halliday (as Jack Clifford)
Bud Osborne ... Bartender Tiny
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Storyline

Rancher Tom Haggerty is killed trying to stop a gun battle between his hot-headed brother Red and the sheriff, who is trying to repossess Haggerty's ranch for defaulting on a bank loan. After Tom's son Steve learns of his father's death, he is reluctantly persuaded by his Uncle Red to help rob the local bank. While waiting to hit another bank in the next town, Steve becomes town marshal to get inside information on the town's dealings, but soon takes his job to heart when he falls in love with Ellen, the banker's daughter. His honor is put on the line when he must face not only the guns of the local saloon-keeper's gang, but the wrath of his uncle when he finds out his nephew has betrayed him. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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WHAT A SPOT FOR A GRAND HAUL! - MARSHAL OF A TOWN THAT DOESN'T KNOW HE'S A NOTORIOUS BANK ROBBER! (original ad) See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Outlaw Trail See more »

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Budget:

$45,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Glenn Strange, a frequent cast member of Tim Holt westerns, played outlaw boss 'Idaho'. He was comfortable playing in westerns because at various points is his life he'd been a rancher, a deputy sheriff, and a rodeo performer. Glenn Strange is also well known for his roles in House of Frankenstein, House of Dracula, and Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein - playing the Frankenstein monster. See more »

Soundtracks

On the Outlaw Trail
Written by Ray Whitley and Fred Rose
Performed by Ray Whitley (uncredited) and his Band
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Solid Western
14 September 2010 | by PanamintSee all my reviews

If you are a western fan, be sure to see this one. It has a good story, is well-directed at a good pace. At this point in his career, Tim Holt had charisma and was a perfect choice for western movies. He is into what he is doing here and doesn't appear to approach this as just another formula production to be cranked out (sometimes later in his career he approached his endless series of western roles in a formula manner).

Roy Barcroft is fine of course as a rotten businessman. Versatile movie veteran Morris Ankrum is excellent as Holt's uncle "Red", who keeps applying the tension to an underlying storyline throughout the entire movie. In fact the whole movie is better written and more layered than you might expect for an ordinary B western of this era.

Perfect casting of female lead, sidekick, the Sheriffs, and all characters contribute to this watchable, solidly made yarn.


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