A young boy and a girl call for help, they are treed by a longhorn cow. [A long shot for a stunt double? Longhorn cattle can be as dangerous as a buffalo.] Has Rob grown up yet? Rob takes the girl home and is told about a barn dance. Rob takes Marge there. Three men arrive, one picks a fight with Rob, other men join in! Those three men arrive at Marge’s home to see her father. They make themselves at home there. Marge is introduced to Uncle Bill and her cousins. There is a conflict over manners. Rob plans to get engaged with Marge. Her father Joe asks Marge to tell Rob to stay away while his relatives are present.
Joe orders Rob away with his rifle! Can Rob help find his Dad’s missing cattle? Should he take his revolver? Not this time. Out on the range a man shoots Rob’s father when he finds his stolen cattle. Rob and the Sheriff visit Joe’s ranch. The Sheriff asks to borrow a rifle. Who used it today? Can the bullet from the victim be matched to the rifle? Marge gathers eggs from the baled hay in the barn. Then she and her brother ride away in their wagon. When the horses run away Rob catches the horses but the team separates from the wagon! The wagon crashes. Rob’s hired hands are fired by Bill, who borrows Rob’s wagon and supplies.
Marge and brother Bud tell Rob what really happened. Bill threatens Joe about informing the state of Kansas. Marge overhears her cousin’s talk. Can they stop her from talking? Bud relays a message from Rob, and is sent back with a request from Marge. Her relatives want to take Marge to town, but Rob arrives to get Marge first. One of them catches Rob but is knocked out. The Sheriff’s posse gets him. Rob continues his pursuit of the other brother. There is a fight, the Sheriff arrives. There will be a happy ending for Marge and Rob now.
Overall this is a good story but the plot has problems. If they haven’t been in contact for ten years how did Bill find Joe? The story of Rob’s maturing is a plus. The lack of shooting makes this unusual for this Western. Were they on a low budget? Bob Steele showed his athletic abilities. It is rare for George Hayes (from Buffalo NY) to play an outlaw.
Poverty Row Pictures presents "BRAND OF HATE" (2 November 1934) (61 mins/B&W) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) -- Bob Steele was an American actor --- He was born Robert Adrian Bradbury in 1907 in Portland, Oregon, into a vaudeville family --- Bob's career began to take off for good in 1927, when he was hired by production company Film Booking Offices of America (FBO) to star in a series of Westerns. Bob--who was rechristened Bob Steele at FBO--soon made a name for himself, and in the late 1920s, 1930s and 1940s starred in B-Westerns for almost every minor film studio, including Monogram, Supreme, Tiffany, Syndicate, Republic (including several films of the Three Mesquiteers series) and Producers Releasing Corporation (PRC) (including the initial films of their "Billy the Kid" series)
In the late 1940s and early 1950s, that "new medium" television had many hours to fill and few dollars to fill them --- They re-discovered the B-Western, still a popular mainstay of Saturday afternoon matinees and many cowboy stars thrilled a new audience --- Taking advantage of this rebirth in popularity, publishers brought to the marketplace comic books featuring these western heroes of "Bob Steele" Westerns --- These bimonthly issues were copyrighted in February and April of 1950 by Fawcet Publications --- His career which included nearly 200 feature films, serials and TV appearances --- Steele in his twilight years at the age 59 when he got the part of the cantankerous "Trooper Duffy", in the western comedy series "F Troop" (1965), who at the drop of a hat would give his rendition of fighting "shoulder to shoulder with Davy Crockett at the Alamo" --- Steele retired from the screen in 1973 --- Bob's long career, spanning more than 50 years came to an end in 1988 when he passed away.
Under the production staff of: Lewis D. Collins - Director Jack Natteford - Screenwriter William C. Thompson - Cinematographer S. Roy Luby - Editor Sam Katzman - Supervising Producer A.W. Hackel - Executive Producer
Our story line and plot, Trouble starts when Bill Larkins (George Gabby Hayes) and his two sons move in with his brother Joe (William Farnum) --- They start rustling cattle and then kill Rod's father (Charles K. French) with Joe's gun --- The Sheriff (Jack Rockwell) and Rod (BobSteele) think they did it and are after proof --- The second of 32 Bob Steele Westerns produced by A.W. Hackel for the States' Rights market --- A big surprise when George Hayes is cast as a badman, when he is usually the comedy relief in many John Wayne, Hopalong Cassidy, Roy Rogers and Randolph Scott oaters.
the cast includes: Bob Steele ... Rod Camp Lucile Browne ... Margie Larkins William Farnum ... Joe Larkins Mickey Rentschler ... Bud Larkins George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Bill Larkins (as George Hayes) James Flavin ... Holt Larkins Archie Ricks ... Slim Larkins Charles K. French ... Mr. Camp (Rod's father) (as Charles French) Jack Rockwell ... Sheriff Bailey Rose Plumer ... Mrs. Camp (Rod's mother) (as Rose Plummer) Blackie Whiteford ... Ranch hand Bill Patton ... Ranch hand Roy Bucko ... Man at dance Bob Burns ... Townsman at the dance Fred Burns ... Fiddle player Bob Card ... Guitar player Al Haskell ... Accordion player Clyde McClary ... Townsman Ed Porter ... Townsman
SPECIAL FEATURES: BIO: 1. Bob Steele (aka: Robert Adrian Bradbury) (Actor) Date of Birth: 23 January 1907 - Portland, Oregon Date of Death: 21 December 1988 - Burbank, California
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BOB STEELE WESTERN DOUBLE FEATURES: 1. Vol. 1 - Tombstone Terror/Lightnin' Crandall (VCI #7212) (DVD) 2. Vol. 2 - The Brand of Hate/Trusted Outlaw (VCI #7252) (DVD) 3. Vol. 3 - The Arizona Gunfighter/Last of the Warrens (VCI #7261) (DVD) 4. Vol. 4 - Gun Lords of Stirrup Basin'/The Feud Maker (VCI #7275) (DVD) 5. Vol. 5 - Border Phantom/A Demon For Trouble (VCI #7311) (DVD) 6. Vol. 6 - The Kid Ranger/Nevada Buckaroo (VCI #7336) (DVD) 7. Vol. 7 - The Red Rope/Paroled To Die (VCI #7338) (DVD) 8. Vol. 8 - Smokey Smith/Sundown Saunders (VCI #7340) (DVD) 9. Vol. 9 - Doomed At Sundown/The Law Rides (VCI #7344) (DVD) 10.Vol 10 - No Man's Range/Rider of the Law (VCI #7347) (DVD)
CLASSIC WESTERNS - BOB STEELE FOUR FEATURE: 11. Border Phantom, A Demon For Trouble, Trusted Outlaw, Brand of Hate (VCI #5521) (DVD)
Hats off and thanks to Les Adams (collector/guidelines for character identification), Chuck Anderson (Webmaster: The Old Corral/B-Westerns.Com), Boyd Magers (Western Clippings), Bobby J. Copeland (author of "Trail Talk"), Rhonda Lemons (Empire Publishing Inc), Bob Nareau (author of "The Real Bob Steele") and Trevor Scott (Down Under DVD Com) as they have rekindled my interest once again for Film Noir, B-Westerns and Serials --- looking forward to more high quality releases from the vintage serial era of the '30s & '40s and B-Westerns --- order your copy now from Amazon or VCI Entertainment where there are plenty of copies available on DVD --- stay tuned once again for top notch action mixed with musical adventure --- if you enjoyed this title, why not check out Amazon or VCI where they are experts in releasing B-Westerns --- all my heroes have been cowboys!
Total Time: 61 mins on VHS/DVD ~ Poverty Row Pictures ~ (11/20/2008)