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Wagon Tracks West (1943)

Approved | | Western | 19 August 1943 (USA)
Fleetwing has gone east to become a doctor and the first patient that he gets is Gabby. Gabby swallowed bad water escaping from Indians and has Indian fever. Fleetwing and Elliott know that... See full summary »

Director:

Howard Bretherton

Writer:

William Lively (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bill Elliott ... Bill Elliott (as Wild Bill Elliott)
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Gabby
Tom Tyler ... Clawtooth
Anne Jeffreys ... Moon Hush
Rick Vallin ... Dr. John Fleetwing
Robert Frazer ... Robert Warren
Roy Barcroft ... Henchman Laird
Charles Miller Charles Miller ... Brown Bear
Tom London ... Lem Martin
Cliff Lyons ... Henchman Matt
Jack Rockwell ... Sheriff Summers

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Fleetwing has gone east to become a doctor and the first patient that he gets is Gabby. Gabby swallowed bad water escaping from Indians and has Indian fever. Fleetwing and Elliott know that the fever comes from the ranchers and want them to drain the bad water because it is killing the Pawnee. But the Indian agent, Warren, wants the land for grazing and is working with Clawtooth to get the Indians to move off the land because of the bad water. Warren decides to get rid of Fleetwing who does not want the tribe to move. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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THE PEAK OF THRILL-PACKED ADVENTURES WITH YOUR ACTION ACE, "WILD BILL ELLIOTT!...(original poster - all caps) See more »

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Western

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Approved | See all certifications »

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Truth, justice and modern medicine prevail
20 March 2007 | by ejrjrSee all my reviews

The script and story are standard fare with a few minor twists. Gabby Hayes gets amoebic dysentery from drinking contaminated water and is "saved" by "Fleetwing", a Pawnee Indian and recent graduate of Cumberland Medical School, who happens to be the son of Brown Bear, chief of the local Pawnee Tribe.

Fleetwing is ridiculed by the local townsfolk but Bill Elliot trusts him. Meanwhile, Pawnees are dying from the contaminated water created by ignorant cattlemen. However, "Warren" the local Indian commissioner refuses to take any action because he is secretly plotting with "Clawtooth" to move the tribe and then take control of the land. Warren is assisted in his nefarious scheme by "Laird" the assistant Indian Commissioner.

Clawtooth is being seduced by money, guns and the opportunity to lead the tribe once Brown Bear dies from dysentery and his son is framed for murder.

The local sheriff is manipulated by Warren and Laird and arrests Bill Elliot, Gabby Hayes and Fleetwing. However, in the end, Laird confesses because he foolishly drank contaminated water and needs Fleetwing to cure his fever.

The ranchers realize their ignorance in allowing cattle to urinate and defecate in the local stream and agree to stop such plus build a clinic for the new Indian doctor. Happy trails.

This has all the elements of a low-budget cliff-hanger and appears to have been produced in a week or less. However, the double-crossing Indian commissioners seem as contemporary as recently convicted U.S. Congressman Randy Cunningham and convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Fleetwing best summarizes the story when at the end he says "I owe everything to Bill Elliot and Gabby Hayes." Amen.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El río de la muerte See more »

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Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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