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Across the Plains

Two brothers, separated at birth, reunite years later as arch-enemies.
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1939
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)

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Orphaned as a young boy and raised by Indians, frontier scout Cherokee has spent years riding the plains, aiding pioneers while searching for the bandits who killed his parents and kidnapped his younger brother. When he intervenes on behalf of a freight-line owner targeted by the sinister Kansas Kid, Cherokee's long quest hurtles to a startling climax.

Singing cowboy Jack Randall - whose brother, Bob Livingston, was one of Republic's "Three Mesquiteers" - hung up his guitar in 1938 as Monogram Pictures injected more action into his "B" Westerns. Across the Plains, crisply directed by action veteran Spencer Gordon Bennet and shot in the ruggedly picturesque foothills near the High Sierras hamlet of Lone Pine, is considered one of Randall's best starring vehicles by discriminating western fans. - Ed Hulse

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Having explored the old wheeze about the young man searching for his brother's killer and the one about the cowboy impersonating an outlaw, Robert Emmett Tansey, the producer/writer of Monogram's Jack Randall Westerns, turned to the ever popular "brothers separated during an attack of their wagon train" story. Fortunately, this time around director Spencer Gordon Bennet and his cast traveled to picturesque Lone Pine, CA, and ACROSS THE PLAINS emerged as one of Randall's better vehicles. After a gang of outlaws attack their wagon train, Little Jack (Buddy Cox) is adopted by a roving band of Indians while Little Jimmy (Texi-Ray Cox) is abducted by the outlaws. Years later, the adult Jack (now Jack Randall) and Jimmy (Dennis Moore) meet again but on opposing sides of the law regarding a shipment of gold. Ignorant of the fact that they are brothers, Jack and Jimmy are about to square off when Buckskin (Hal Price), the old wagon master, brings their true relationship to light. Jimmy, now an outlaw known as the Kansas Kid, discovers that a member of his gang, Buff (Robert Card), is the villain who murdered their parents. Mortally wounded in the ensuing battle, Jimmy, alias the Kid, meets his maker with the knowledge that the death of his parents has been avenged at last. Jack, meanwhile, proposes to Mary Masters (Joyce Bryant), the daughter of the stage line owner.

Plot Keywords:

Brothers | Death | Native Americans | Outlaws | Parenthood | Parents | Revenge | Rivalry | Vengeance

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  • Sales Rank: 1,769
  • UPC: 089218634399
  • Shipping Weight: 0.19/lbs (approx)
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