Despite the excellent cast -- and any movie is improved and rates high if Dave "Tex" O'Brien is in it -- "Boss of Rawhide" does not earn 10 stars.
There are very many good elements, including that excellent cast -- and I cannot stress the quality of the players too much -- but there are some bad ones too: Primarily the attempts at humor by the minstrels.
Director Elmer Clifton had been around since silent days, and his sure touch was not quite so sure, or perhaps the editing could have been tighter. Still, the framing and angles showed his experience and he kept the action moving -- most of the time.
Jim Newill, who co-authored with "Tex" O'Brien one of the songs, sang four and showed me he was one of the best cowboy singers of the movies. He had a really good voice.
Oliver Drake wrote the other three. His name too is just magic and means a good time is ahead for a movie audience.
There are too many great Western performers to try to point out the great Western performances in "Boss of Rawhide."
And the story was solid, with many and intriguing characterizations, generally well portrayed.
It doesn't quite come together, primarily because of the unfunny "humor" of the minstrel show, but it's a B Western and therefor I like it.
And, more important, Dave "Tex" O'Brien is one of the stars. His big fight scene at the end showed him, again, as a superior actor, and I'd rate "Boss of Rawhide" high just for him.
You can do what I did, and see it free at YouTube -- well, almost free: There are commercial interruptions. But having to watch the beginnings of commercials is usually better than paying money.
I do recommend "Boss of Rawhide."
Boss of Rawhide
Boss of Rawhide
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In the 8th film of the 22-film series, Texas Rangers Tex Wyatt, Jim Steele and Panhandle Perkins are sent to the district of Rawhide to investigate the killings of several ranchers. Tex enters the town posing as a tramp while the other two Rangers join a troupe of itinerant minstrels. Tex, convinced that while they may find the killer, it will not prevent further harassment of the poorer ranchers, and he returns to the Ranger station and persuades his father, Texas Ranger Captain John Wyatt, to take a leave of absence and go to Rawhide and run for Land Commissioner. Tex and his father meet Henry Colby, the wealthiest landholder in the district, who has been advised by his ranch foreman, Frank Hade, and Sam Barrett, the boss of Rawhide, that the nesters are the cause of all the lawlessness. At a meeting, preceded by the dullest, most demeaning minstrel show ever filmed, Captain Wyatt is shot (a fate that should have befallen the minstrels) and the bullet is found to be the same caliber as that used in the earlier killings, although Wyatt is only wounded. Mary Colby, riding the range, sees Barrett attempt to kill Tex using a rifle. Realizing he has been identified, Barrett hurries back to town where he meets the other gang members, and they prepare to fight against the Rangers.
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January 03, 2023 at 01:43 AM