Jeff Arnold’s West

The blog of a Western fan, for other Western fans

The Law of the 45s (Normandy Pictures, 1935)

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The Two Mesquiteers 
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The Law of 45s, also known as Law of the Forty-Fives and Sunrise Guns, is a straightforward Saturday-morning talkie programmer in which Tucson Smith (Guinn ‘Big Boy’ Williams) and his sidekick Stoney Martin (Al St. John) thwart a dastardly lawyer (Ted Adams) and his bunch of low-down dry-gulchers. There’s no sign of Stoney Brooke, though. There are only two Mesquiteers.

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The bad guy wants the whole valley, you know how they do, and kills ranchers who refuse to sell out at low prices.

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Big Boy’s horse is big and white, as is his Stetson. There’s a fair maid for Big Boy to woo ‘n’ win (Molly O’Day) and her pa is mighty pleased with the idea because Big Boy has saved the ranch.

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Oh, you know.

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There are two songs the cowpokes croon round the camp fire.

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It was based (amazingly) on a novel. The writer’s name was very good: William Colt MacDonald. He was of course famous for the Three Mesquiteers series.

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Good for Big Boy to get to lead in a Western anyway.

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57 minutes of fun.

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