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|Law Rides / Smokey Smith |
Actor: Bob Steele
Director: Robert North Bradbury
Bob Steele rides the range in two classic western favorites.
"Smokey Smith (1935) ... Bob Steele ... VCI Home Video"
J. Lovins | Missouri-USA | 10/11/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"VCI Entertainment and Supreme Pictures present "SMOKEY SMITH" (1935) (Dolby
digitally remastered)--- relive those thrilling days when Bob Steele took us down the dusty trails
with hard riding and straight shooting hitting the bull's eye with excitement everytime ... the Bob Steele
series of B-Westerns were a staple of Saturday matinees in the 1930s and 1940s ... don't miss any of
the Bob Steele features loaded with action that will leave you wanting more of his B-Western adventures
Under director Robert North Bradbury (real life father of Bob Steele), producer A.W. Hackel, story and dialogue by Robert North Bradbury, ...the cast include Bob Steele (Smokey Smith), George 'Gabby' Hayes (Blaze Bart), Mary Kornman (Bess Bart), Warner Richmond (Kent), Earl Dwire (Sheriff), Horace B. Carpenter (Dad Smith), Vane Calvert (Ma.Smith) Bert Dillard (Deputy Bert), Perry Murdock (Butch), Tex Palmer (Stage Driver Ben),. . . . . . .our story has the good "Battlin" Bob Steele, Earl Dwire the Sheriff and Gabby Hayes the outlaw, but this tale has a twist to it...Steele's mother and father are killed by traveling outlaws on the desert, the only clue is a ring stolen from the dying father played by Horace B. Carpenter...Steele is left for dead on the desert when Sheriff Earl Dwire finds him, gives him water and hope...will Steele find the killers of his family, is Gabby Hayes the leader involved in the murders...how mean and tough is Warner Richmond who is really the culprit of all the robberies and murders, is the heroine Mary Kornman safe from his clutches...what can one man do to save her and bring law and order back to this Supreme Picture setting, don't touch that dial because the last reel is a real humdinger. . . . . .B-Western footnote, actor George Francis Hayes, also known as Windy Halliday in the Hopalong Cassidy series...later Hayes changed his name to "Gabby" appearing with John Wayne, Roy Rogers and Randolph Scott as their sidekick...one of the few sidekicks on the annual list of "Top Ten Western Boxoffice Stars", he did so repeatedly...Hayes had many catch phrases "Yer durn tootin' "..."Young Whippersnapper"..."Jumpin' Jehosophat"..."Persnickety Women"..."By Cracky"...inducted into the "Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum" in 2000. . . . . .second B-Western footnote, actor Earl Dwire, one of the best western screen scoundrels of the '30s, was a snaky badmen and a close friend to director Robert N. Bradbury, Dwire appeared in 17 Bob Steele early films and later joined John Wayne and Johnny Mack Brown always giving his signature style performance...check out this and more in a new book "Best of the Badmen" by Boyd Magers, Bob Nareau and Bobby Copeland, available from Amazon and Empire Publishing. . . pick up your copy today. . . . .meanwhile another great B-Western for Bob Steele under the A.W. Hackel banner, proves to be one of his most exciting performances.
Special footnote, actor Bob Steele was the son of director Robert N. Bradbury and the age of 14 he and his twin brother Bill Bradbury made a series of comedy shorts "Adventures of Bob and Bill" (1920), directed by their father...along came his first starring western "The Mojave Kid" (1927), released by Film Booking Office of America (FBO) and directed by his father, he changed his name to Bob Steele...making low budget B-Westerns for independent studios such as Republic, Supreme, Monogram and PRC which included nearly 200 feature films, serials and TV appearances...was 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...his long career, spanning more than 50 years came to an end in 1988 when he passed away.
1. Bob Steele (Robert Adrian Bradbury)
Birth Date: 1/23/1907 - Pendleton, Oregon
Died: 12/21/1988 - Burbank, CA.
2. George Gabby Hayes (aka: George Francis Hayes)
Birth Date: 5/07/1885 - Wellsville, New York
Died: 2/09/1969 - Burbank, CA
3. Earl Dwire
Birth Date: 11/03/1883 - Rockport, Missouri
Died: 1/16/1940 - Carmichael, California
4. Robert N. Bradbury (aka: Ronald Bradbury)
Date of birth: 23 March 1886 - Walla Walla, Washington
Date of death: 24 November 1949 - Glendale, California
If you crave action, drama and plenty of adventure check out other western double features with Bob Steele:
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)
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Great job by VCI Entertainment for releasing "Smokey Smith" (1935), the
digital transfere with a clean, clear and crisp print...looking forward to more
high quality releases from the vintage serial era of the '20s, '30s & '40s and
B-Westerns...order your copy now from Amazon or VCI Entertainment where there
are plenty of copies available on DVD and VHS, stay tuned once again for top
notch action mixed with deadly adventure from the "King of Serials" VCI...just
the way we like 'em
Total Time: 57 min on DVD/VHS ~ VCI Entertainment #1607 ~ (11/19/1997)"