Jack Perrin rides again
Walter said it was hokum and boy, he wasn’t joking.
The first thing is that this is not ‘our’ Apache Kid, the proper Apache one. Jack plays a cowboy brought up near the reservation but a pal reassures us all, “He ain’t no Indian.” Phew.
Jack would have further to sink and he ended up with bit parts such as ‘Barfly – uncredited’ in Westerns right through to 1962. Well, I guess he was still working.
The Apache Kid’s Escape was in fact one of the very first Poverty Row talkies. These cut-price studios went on making silent movies long after sound had come in, to ever diminishing audiences. But somehow Horner got some sound equipment together and made a talkie. The picture still has intertitle cards, though, so looks very like a silent despite the dialogue. Said dialogue is delivered with the utmost ponderousness by all the cast.
In fact to save even more money, The Apache Kid’s Escape was a straight remake of a 1929 silent, The White Outlaw, an Art Acord oater also directed and produced by Horner.
The Apache Kid (Perrin) is an outlaw determined to go straight but his erstwhile accomplice Buck (Bud Osborne) does the dirty on him, wearing the Kid’s checkered kerchief to impersonate the Kid while robbing the stage. So a sheriff’s posse is after the Kid.
Using the name Jim, he takes refuge on a ranch where he falls into further skullduggery. Honestly, it’s not really worth recounting further the intricacies of the plot.
There’s an unpleasant stunt as the Kid rides his horse off a bluff into a lake to escape pursuit. There’s also a bit shot at the famous Beale’s Cut (jumped by Tom Mix, driven through in Stagecoach, etc.)
But it’s all distinctly missable, I fear. In fact I would go so far as to advise you not to see it. But if you really insist, it’s available on YouTube, here.