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Where Trails Divide (1937)

Tom Allen comes to Rawhide to open a law office. But he becomes the Sheriff instead and goes after Wilson and his outlaw gang hoping his brother Billy is not one of them.

Director:

Robert N. Bradbury

Writer:

Robert Emmett Tansey (original screenplay) (as Robert Emmett)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tom Keene ... Tom Allen
Warner Richmond ... Mississippi Blackie Wilson
Eleanor Stewart ... Nora Hart
Lorraine Randall Lorraine Randall ... Bess Lane
David Sharpe ... Billy Allen
Hal Price ... Happy Days
James Sheridan ... Henchman Spade
Richard Cramer ... Ike Jones
Jim Mason ... Henchman Red
Forrest Taylor ... Councilman Gray (as Forest Taylor)
Charles K. French ... Deacon Evans (as Charles French)
Steve Clark ... Henchman Wheezer
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Tom Allen comes to Rawhide to open a law office. But he becomes the Sheriff instead and goes after Wilson and his outlaw gang hoping his brother Billy is not one of them. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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YIPPEE...TOM KEENE'S HERE WITH EXCITING THRILLS! (original poster - all caps) See more »


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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'espresso delle Montagne Rocciose See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Monogram Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film received its first telecast Tuesday 4 November 1941 on New York City's pioneer commercial television station WNBT (Channel 1). Post-WWII television viewers got their first look at it in New York City Thursday 20 May 1948 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Philadelphia Monday 26 December 1949 on Frontier Playhouse on WPTZ (Channel 3), and in Los Angeles Wednesday 27 September 1950 on KTSL (Channel 2). See more »

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A Monogram Western With Some Nice Points To It
10 October 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Tom Keene takes the stage to Rawhide. He plans to open the first law office in town and surprise his kid brother, David Sharpe. When robbers try to take the coach he's on, Keene stops them single-handedly. When he gets to town, he finds that Warner Richmond, controls the town. He suspects Richmond of running more than a saloon and dance hall and hopes that his brother isn't involved in it.

It's another decent albeit randomly titled western from Monogram. There's a lot of subtextual issues about brothers in the script by Robert Emmett Tansey, but director Robert Bradbury doesn't lean on it heavily enough to spoil the fun. DP Bert Longenecker adjusts the frame size with blocking throughout, and there's a nicely shot final sequence in Death Valley to make the audience ooh and ah.

Keene was an ambitious cowboy star in that he was interested in acting and would take breaks from Gower Gulch for stage work. He also refused to establish a particular look or persona, nor was he a two-fisted character. This meant he never cracked the top tier. However, he seems to have done well in his real estate investments and was well enough regarded that he was honorary mayor of Sherman Oaks in 1939.


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