A group of cowboys search for their friend, who has recently gone missing. During their search, they uncover a bitter land dispute between their missing friend and his neighbor.
2015.167.4.1ab: 16mm Black and White film.
This film is a roaring round-up of song-studded thrills in this 1938 western featuring an all black cast in a Richard C. Kahn production.
The film is about five cowboys led by Bob Blake that ride from Texas to help their friend, Joe Jackson, who has moved to Arizona for his health. At the Jackson ranch, his sly assistant, Slim Perkins, throws his voice, using ventriloquism to convince foolish "Dusty" that the mule "Gabriel" talks. Bob learns from Joe's sister Betty that Joe disappeared three weeks before and is reminded that her father had vanished in a similar manner and later had turned up dead. The cowboys drift into town to learn what they can. Dusty and a companion enter a saloon, where brutish cowhand Pete shoots his partner in a card game and then forces Dusty to smoke four cigars at once. Bob enters to interrupt the bully and the two have a fistfight. Dusty, who has purchased Gabriel for twelve dollars, is angry that the mule does not talk for him, but finds Slim's book on ventriloquism. Later, Dusty tells Slim that he is teaching Gabriel to recite poetry, then loses his clothes in a crooked poker game with Slim. Bob visits Buck Thorn, a neighbor of the Jacksons' who has offered to buy their ranch, and employs Pete and some other tough cowhands. While riding together, Bob and Betty encounter Uncle, a codger who informs them that he mailed a letter from Joe to Bob a few weeks earlier, a letter he found unstamped and lying on the ground underneath a window of the saloon. Bob enters the saloon, pretending to be drunk. Upstairs, Buck, Pete and their henchmen try to force Joe to sign a deed to his land over to them because it contains a mine worth one million dollars in gold. Bob finds them and pulls a gun but is knocked over the head by the bartender. A shootout breaks out downstairs when his friends come to his rescue. Returning to the ranch, they discover that Betty is gone. She has left to follow Pete, who carries a message that Joe is hurt, and is captured. Buck has Joe branded with a hot iron, and Betty is threatened with the same treatment. Meanwhile, Betty's horse returns to the ranch and Bob and his friends follow the animal's tracks. They are caught by Pete, but escape when Slim throws his voice to make them think others have arrived. During a gunfight among the rocks, the sheriff and his men are led to the scene by Dusty riding Gabriel, and Dusty shoots Pete. Dusty then wins back his clothes and twelve dollars from Slim by using ventriloquism to impersonate Gabriel reciting a satirical poem, while Bob and Betty ride off together.
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In this American black cowboy film, a cowboy and his sidekick try to help his girlfriend's father from being cheated out of his property.
2015.167.9.1ab: 16mm black and white films.
A cowboy and his sidekick that try to help a homesteader from being cheated out of his property.
Bradley and his henchman, Jim Connors, visit rancher Dennison to remind him that his mortgage is due and announces that they will either take a fifty-percent share of his mine or foreclose on him. When Bradley and Connors inform Dennison that they have stolen his radium samples, a struggle ensues and Dennison is apparently killed by Connors. Connors and Bradley quickly hide the body and flee. Later, two riders from Amarillo, Texas, Bob Blake and his lazy partner Dusty, enter the Dennison ranch hoping to find employment or dinner and discover blood on a table. After discouraging Dusty from stealing a tin of food, Bob sights a picture of a lovely girl and takes it. During target practice on the nearby Watson ranch, Mr. Watson agrees to hire Bob and Dusty for thirty dollars a month plus food. At Watson's ranch, Dusty recognizes Connors' horse as the one he saw fleeing the Dennison ranch and learns that Connors is the ranch foreman. Meanwhile, Cactus, a ranch hand, tells Watson that his buddy Tex has disappeared and leaves to look for him. Noticing Connors leaving late at night, Bob follows him into a trap, but bests him in a fistfight. The next morning, Watson fires Connors and makes Bob the new foreman. After Watson and Bob encounter Cactus burying Tex, they fetch the sheriff to pay a visit to the Dennison ranch. There they find a can of spilled tomato juice and believe that Bob and Dusty mistook for it blood. When Connors demands one hundred dollars from Bradley to keep quiet, Bradley kills him and throws suspicion on Bob. The sheriff arrests Bob, and Dusty insists on accompanying him to jail. When the sheriff tells Bradley that Watson has received a letter from Dennison's daughter Margaret saying that she will be arriving with $6,000 to pay off her father's debts, Bradley decides that she too must be killed. After escaping through the use of a rope trick, Bob sets out to rescue Margaret. Meanwhile, Cactus finds the sheriff locked up and shows him a letter that explains Bradley's duplicity. Bob and Margaret ride from the deserted train station to make their stand against Bradley's men. During the subsequent gun battle, Bob runs out of ammunition, but the sheriff, Watson and others ride up in time to capture Bradley and his men. Cactus then shoots Bradley to avenge Tex. Returning to the ranch, Bob and Dusty find that Dennison has recovered and has been hiding in his mine, and that it was he who spilled the tomato juice on the table. When Bob tries to return Margaret's photograph, she shows her affection for him by giving it back to him.
Source: AFI Catalog of Feature Films. Accessed on August 10, 2016 (http://www.afi.com/members/catalog/DetailView.aspx?s=&Movie=2234)