For Reel

Beyond the Rockies (1932)
October 14, 2014, 5:55 pm
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Director: Fred Allen
3 Stars
Beyond the RockiesBefore the first reel of Beyond the Rockies is finished, audiences are treated to a song, an attempted stagecoach robbery, and a shootout between two gangs of outlaws. In this charming B-western, Tom Keene plays an undercover deputy who is tasked with bringing down the notorious cattle rustler Ruby Sherman (Marie Wells). The luminous Rochelle Hudson plays the love interest this time, with the charismatic Julian Rivero giving comedic support. Director Fred Allen is good at interjecting comedy into the familiar genre staples (a gag involving a slot machine occurs during the dependable bar brawl), however he can’t make much of the climactic cattle rustle due to the budget-prescribed reliance on stock footage. Wells is an intriguingly cast villain, but ultimately she’s underutilized–the character doesn’t even get her comeuppance onscreen!

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