Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Lone Star Trail (R1940s) - (Johnny Mack Brown) Realart one-sheet

The Lone Star Trail (R1940s) - (Johnny Mack Brown) US Realart one-sheet poster

This is a 27" x 41" Realart US one-sheet poster made to promote a rerelease of the 1943 Ray Taylor film The Lone Star Trail based on a story by Victor Halperin, screenplay by the film's associate producer Oliver Drake and starring Johnny Mack Brown as Blaze Barker. Plot summary: In the town of Dead Falls Rancher Blaze Barker, an honest man and a real Saturday afternoon silver screen cowboy, is beset by the ruthless outlaws of the old West. In the valley where he lives a dam is about to be constructed, and a criminal gang is out to take control of all the land there before construction begins using a taxation and foreclosure scheme. The gang frames Blaze. They falsely testify against him in a robbery trial and he is put in state prison for two years. After his release on parole he must raise money to pay his property taxes by selling cattle, but when he does so he finds the money has been marked, again to frame him. Fortunately Blaze has the help and support of US Marshal Fargo Steele [Tex Ritter], who has been assigned as his parole officer. Robert Mitchum, credited as Bob Mitchum, appears here as Ben Slocum, saloon owner and one of the outlaw ringleaders. Tex Ritter and the Jimmy Wakely Trio highlight the story with the right kinds of cowboy songs, whistling and yodeling.

Cast and crew: Ray Taylor, Victor Halperin, Oliver Drake, Johnny Mack Brown, Tex Ritter, Fuzzy Knight, Jennifer Holt, Jimmy Wakely Trio, George Eldredge, Michael Vallon, Harry Strang, Earle Hodgins, Jack Ingram, Robert Mitchum, Ethan Laidlaw

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