Ride Ranger Ride

110. RIDE RANGER RIDE (1936-USA). With GENE AUTRY, SMILEY BURNETTE. Songs by THE SONS OF THE PIONEERS, MAX TERHUNE, CHIEF THUNDERCLOUD, THE TENNESSEE RAMBLERS. When the U.S. Government disbands the Texas Rangers, Lt. Gene Autry and his fellow Rangers join the U.S. Cavalry. They soon learn, however, that the Cavalry is totally incapable of handling the Indian threat. Gene tries, without success, to convince the Colonel that the government is wrong to sign a peace treaty with the treacherous redskins. As Gene’s sidekick, Smiley Burnette, puts it, “the only good Injun is a dead Injun.” Their efforts are constantly frustrated: in fact, Gene and Smiley are even arrested for allegedly killing Indians! But in the thrilling;’ climax, Gene proves he’s been right, when he and his Rangers rescue the Cavalry, along with a wagon train of settlers and supplies, from a band of murderous savages. Throughout all of this, Gene somehow finds the time to serenade and romance the Colonel’s daughter. While in many ways a typical, and quite enjoyable, Autry vehicle, the film also touches upon some of the fundamental conflicts and issues found in major Westerns. 54 minutes. Western

Big Trees, The

1067. THE BIG TREES (1952-USA). COLOR. With KIRK DOUGLAS, EVE MILLER, EDGAR BUCHANAN. A villainous logger plans to cash in on California’s redwood trees. Features two edge-of-the-seat climaxes! 89 minutes. Adventure

Hell’s Hinges

1069. HELL’S HINGES (1916-USA). With WILLIAM S. HART, CLARA WILLIAMS, JACK STANDING- Produced by THOMAS H. INCE. Co-written and directed by WILLIAM S. HART. The production genius of Thomas H. Ince and the extraordinary talent of the first great Western star combine for what film historian William K. Everson has called “probably William S. Hart’s best picture.” Hart is Blaze Tracey, a notorious outlaw (whose penetrating stare is enough to kill) in the aptly-named town of Hell’s Hinges, a “gun-fighting, man-killing, devil’s den of iniquity that scorched even the sun-parched soil on which it stood.” When a young minister arrives. Blaze is transformed into goodnessÑnot by religion, but by the sight of the minister’s beautiful sister, Faith. Meanwhile, the man of God is seduced by a dance hall girl, and becomes so depraved that he leads the corrupt and frenzied mob in burning down his own church. True to his name, Blaze, his two six-guns blazing, becomes an avenging angel, and is determined to do anything to cleanse the townÑoven if that means destroying it! The action sequences, including the spectacular, fiery climax, are nothing short of brilliant. To quote Everson again: “Fine camerawork, utilizing long panoramic shots and beautiful lighting, excellent editing, and a sure control over the masses of extras, fuse these scenes into an episode of astonishing vigor.” Truly a Western milestone, highly recommended. Silent film with music score, correct projection speed. 65 minutes. Western

Terror Of Tiny Town, The

105. THE TERROR OF TINY TOWN (1936-usa). With an all-midget cast. ThatÕs right-an all-midget cast! This “rollickin’, rootin’, tootin’, shootin’ drama of the great outdoors” really has to be seen to be believed! An offbeat novelty item if there ever was one, it has recently achieved some notoriety by being cited as one of “the fifty worst films of all time.” But it’s much too aware of its own absurdities, much too consciously funny, to deserve such extreme abuse. You’ll have a great time, as did the twisted minds that conceived the film, as you encounter every possible Western stereotype (the wholesome hero in white, the despicable villain in black, the innocent cowgirl, the worldly dance hall girl, etc.) and situation (gun fighting, brawling, hard riding, cattle rustling, stageÂcoach robbing, romantic serenading, family feuding)-all turned inside out and upside down by the oddball cast. As you might expect, the half-pint actors-or their stunt(ed) doubles-ride around on ponies. But the rest of the props, and all of Tiny Town’s settings, are built on a normal scale (so cowÂboys wield seemingly gigantic guns, or have to go under the saloon’s swinging doors). Everything you’ve always wanted in a Western-plus a tiny bit more! 63 minutes. All Midget Western