One of Columbia's favorite and most-recycled plots involving a "disgraced" lawman crossing the border to clear his name which on five occasions (twice previously with Jones) involved a ...
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One of Columbia's favorite and most-recycled plots involving a "disgraced" lawman crossing the border to clear his name which on five occasions (twice previously with Jones) involved a Texas Ranger crossing the Mexican border to accomplish his goal, but this one and two other versions with Charles Starrett and later with Russell Hayden (who also had a Ranger version), has the lead as a Mountie turned bad to join the gang and stays on his side of the border. This one has the Northwest Mounties at Elkhorn failing to catch the perpetrators of a series of robberies, and catching much heat from a citizens band of vigilantes headed by Morgan. After being discharged from the service for robbing a rancher, Sergeant Tom McKenna ups and robs the Elkhorn bank, and is followed by Pierre, a member of the gang, who takes him to the outlaws' hideout as a new gang member. The robberies and drummed-from-the-service discharge were part of a plan to capture the gang and its secret leader, who is always ...Written by
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One of over 100 Columbia features, mostly Westerns, sold to Hygo Television Films in the 1950s, which marketed them under the name of Gail Pictures; opening credits were redesigned, with some titles misspelled, the credit order of the players rearranged, some names misspelled, and new end titles attached, thus eliminating any evidence of their Columbia roots. Apparently, the original material was not retained in most of the cases, and the films have survived, even in the Sony library, only with these haphazardly created replacement opening and end credits. See more »
Buck Jones' fourth role as a Mountie but his first in a talkie. Ross Lederman was an efficient if not imaginative director and with a picturesque location, an effective leading player and an experienced cast did a pretty good job with Mckenna of the Mounted. Buck's horse, Silver was given less to do than in many other Buck Jones movies but was on good form for the chase scenes. The story is one of a disgraced Mountie who joins an outlaw gang after robbing a bank. He is co-opted into robbing his sweetheart's ranch to prove his loyalty but the proceeds from a train station robbery turn out to include a letter that puts his life in danger. These early Columbia sound Westerns and his serials for Universal helped Buck Jones to become the most popular Cowboy star of the 1930s.
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