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Across the Sierras
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Bill Elliott plays Wild Bill Hickok, who rescues a friend from hanging and tries to encourage his wayward friend - who turns out to be not so innocent after all - to settle down and take up ranching. Bill has decided the quiet life is for him, after falling for a pretty young Anne (Luana Walters), who wants him to hang up his guns. Of course, Hickok's too good a gunslinger to go unchallenged for long, and soon he faces a decision about which moral code he will live by - his own or his girl's pacifist ideal. Playing Bill's goofy xylophone-playing sidekick, Cannonball, is Dub Taylor, just years after his film debut in Frank Capra's You Can't Take it With You. Newly remastered.
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Directed by D. Ross Lederman
Wild Bill Hickok (Bill Elliott) saves his friend Larry Armstrong (Richard Fiske) from hanging and then tries to get him to join him in becoming a rancher. But Larry joins up with outlaw Mitch Carew (Dick Curtis) and when Bill goes after him he accidentally shoots and kills Larry. Planning to marry Anne Woodworth (Luana Walters), Bill now hangs up his guns. But when Carew comes looking for him he straps on Larry's gun and heads out to meet him.
Plenty of action packed scenes with fisticuffs thrown for good measure.
Outstanding B-Western with more than a few unexpected twists in its second half, Across the Sierras (1941), was the fourth of 12 "Wild Bill Hickok" film series with it's star the "Peaceable Man" Bill Elliott and produced at Columbia Pictures during 1940-1942.
If you're a Wild Bill Elliott fan, it just doesn't get any better than this. Highly recommend.
1. D. Ross Lederman (Director)
Date of Birth: 12 December 1894 - Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Date of Death: 24 August 1972 - Hollywood, California
2. Bill Elliott (aka: Gordon Nance)
Date of Birth: 16 October 1903 - Pattonsburg, Missouri
Date of Death: 26 November 1965 - Las Vegas, Nevada
3. Richard Fiske [aka: Thomas Richard Potts]
Date of Birth: 20 November 1915 - Shelton, Washington, USA
Date of Death: 10 August 1944 - LeCroix, France (killed in action, World War II)
)Like many young men he served in the military in WWII. He was killed in action in 1944, at the age of 28)
4. Luana Walters
Date of Birth: 22 July 1912 - Los Angeles, California
Date of Death: 19 May 1963 - Los Angeles, California
5. Dub Taylor [aka: Walter Clarence Taylor II]
Date of Birth: 26 February 1907 - Richmond, Virginia
Date of Death: 3 October 1994 - Los Angeles, California
6. Dick Curtis [aka: Richard Dye]
Date of Birth: 11 May 1902 - Newport, Kentucky
Date of Death: 3 January 1952 - Hollywood, California
7. LeRoy Mason
Date of Birth: 2 July 1903 - Larimore, North Dakota
Date of Death: 13 October 1947 - Los Angeles, California
Special Footnote: -- There is no doubt in anyone's mind that Gordon Nance from Pattonsburg, Mo, later known at William "Wild Bill" Elliott (the Peaceable Man) was the best Red Ryder on the big screen --- also the latest Bobby J. Copeland's book on "Bill Elliott:The Peaceable Man" is chuck full of answers to all the questions his fans had from early on...plenty of thrills, adventure and loaded with action. My personal favorites were the "Red Ryder Series" or "The Great Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok" an ongoing character that would appear in many films to come...as Hickok and Wild Bill Saunders. Elliott was a natural for the western, his riding abilities and fight scenes were the caliber of Buck Jones, Johnny Mack Brown and Bob Steele --- good reading for all you wranglers out there --- I found myself being transported back in time, Mr. Copeland's book has opened my eyes to what a wonderful unselfish person Bill Elliott was --- only wish I could have met him. He was one of a kind --- a peaceable man! --- published by Empire Publishing and available on Amazon and Empire Publications Inc --- it's no small wonder that William Elliott's name was at the top of the list, working with the top directors of the day Howard P. Bretherton, Spencer Gordon Bennett, Joseph Kane, Wallace A. Grissell, Leslie Selander and R.G. Springsteen all under Republic Pictures banner. Not to forget D. Ross Lederman under the Columbia Pictures banner.
Western Classics such as this one are always in demand ... all my heroes have been cowboys!
Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 5 Stars
Performance: 5 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 5 Stars
Overall: 5 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]
Total Time: 59 min on DVD ~ Columbia Pictures Corporation ~ (March 29, 2011)