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Across The Plains


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  • Actors: Jack Randall, Joyce Bryant, Glenn Strange, Dennis Moore
  • Directors: Spencer Gordon Bennet
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Alpha Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 27, 2010
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003GOOYKY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #653,960 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Orphaned as a young boy and raised by Indians, frontier scout Cherokee has spent years riding the plains, aiding pioneers while searching for the bandits who killed his parents and kidnapped his younger brother. When he intervenes on behalf of a freight-line owner targeted by the sinister Kansas Kid, Cherokee's long quest hurtles to a startling climax.

Singing cowboy Jack Randall - whose brother, Bob Livingston, was one of Republic's "Three Mesquiteers" - hung up his guitar in 1938 as Monogram Pictures injected more action into his "B" Westerns. Across the Plains, crisply directed by action veteran Spencer Gordon Bennet and shot in the ruggedly picturesque foothills near the High Sierras hamlet of Lone Pine, is considered one of Randall's best starring vehicles by discriminating western fans. - Ed Hulse

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3.7 out of 5 stars
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This is a version of the classic B-Western plot in which two brothers are separated in childhood only to meet up later, one good, the other bad. Republic has the best version with Joseph Kane directing Roy Rogers and Don Barry in SAGA OF DEATH VALLEY, but this modest lower-budgeted gem from Monogram really puts in a good case for a strong second.
1)...Excellent location (Lone Pine) cinematography with several dazzling set-ups amid the rock formations.
2)...Excellent turn by Jack Randall as the troubled Cherokee, searching for the murderer of his parents some twenty years previous, and for his long lost brother. And Jack DOES NOT sing his opera stylized tunes, or any tunes in this one.
3)...Excellent Dennis Moore performance as the long lost brother who has become bad. Moore was always better as a bad guy rather than the hero; too straight when good, yet you feel for him when bad because he has those hero qualities buried beneath his character.
4)...Excellent character roles, especially by veteran Bud Osborne, who was a favorite of director Spencer Gordon Bennet as he appeared in many of the director's B-Westerns as well as in Bennet's final Columbia serials.
5)...Excellent direction from Bennet himself as this film moves at a good clip while looking much more classy than it's lowly budget dictated.

However, the unrestored print from Alpha (let's face it, they give us quantity over quality) really needs re-mastering. The film is very watchable, and is minus severe splices and scratches. Actually, it's not really too bad at all, except it's not razor sharp in the overall image department. However again, Warner Archives has been re-mastering several Monogram film series, so maybe down the road this gem will someday get it's turn.

In the mean time, the Alpha release is a very good way to spend a Saturday afternoon on...
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It seems that most of the B westerns of the thirties were full of bad acting with weak sound.Even the old John Wayne films of the era were of poor quality.But this story would have made a good paperback read.The movie was full of poor acting with the actors appearing to be reading the lines at times.But in 1939 I would have had a great afternoon at the theater with everyone else.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard on February 16, 2011
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Randolph Scott was a great actor. This film is one of many that shows his ability and is fun to view. Good for a relaxing evening.
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