Mary Pickford Theater
Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 7:00pm
B-WESTERN DOUBLE BILL
SADDLES AND SAGEBRUSH (Columbia, 1943). Directed by William Berke. Story and screenplay by Ed Earl Repp. With Russell Hayden, Dub Taylor, Bob Wills, Ann Savage, William Wright, Frank LaRue. (55 min, black & white, 35mm).
Lobby card for "Saddles and Sagebrush" (Columbia, 1943)
A cowhand with a fast draw (Hayden) switches sides in a range war when he realizes that his boss (Wright) is stealing land from the homesteaders. Graduating from sidekick roles in William Boyd ("Hopalong Cassidy") and Charles Starrett westerns, Russell Hayden starred in his own series for Columbia from late 1942 to mid-1944. He was usually joined by Dub Taylor, who provided the comic relief, and Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, charged with the musical interludes. After the war, Haydenís career was mostly confined to poverty row studios, including nine westerns for Lippert Pictures, and television (syndicated TV series "Cowboy G Men" and "Judge Roy Bean"). Songs include &Hubbin' It," "Ki Yi, Yippee Yea," and "Toodleumbo."
THE BANDIT TRAIL (RKO, 1941). Directed by Edward Killy. Screenplay by Norton S. Parker, from an original story by Arthur T. Horman. With Tim Holt, Ray Whitley, Janet Waldo, Lee "Lasses" White, Morris Ankrum, Roy Barcroft. (61 min, black & white, 35mm).
Lobby card for "The Bandit Trail" (RKO, 1941)
After a rancher is killed trying to stop a gun battle between his hot-headed brother (Ankrum) and the sheriff, the rancherís son (Holt) is reluctantly persuaded by his uncle to help rob the local bank that has been trying to repossess their land. Today best remembered for his roles in Orson Wellesís "The Magnificent Ambersons" (1942) and John Hustonís "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" (1948), to contemporary audiences Tim Holt was primarily known as a popular star of B-westerns. "The Bandit Trail" is considered one of the best of the nearly fifty westerns Holt made for RKO between the late 1930ís and early Ď50ís.
Seating is on a first-come first-serve basis. Doors open at 6:30 pm.