JOHNNY MACK BROWN WESTERNS SET #8

JOHNNY MACK BROWN WESTERNS SET #8



BOSS OF HANGTOWN MESA



It is now an accepted fact that the best of Johnny Mack Brown's Universal westerns were directed by the talented Joseph H. Lewis. Boss of Hangtown Mesa may not be in the same league as the Brown-Lewis classic Arizona Cyclone, but it comes awfully close. This time around, hero Steve Collins (Brown) comes to the aid of Betty Wilkins (Helen Deverell), who has taken over the telegraph-line business established by her uncle John (Henry Hall). The latter was murdered by outlaws who don't cotton to having the territory linked up electronically with the rest of the world. Collins manages to expose the "Mister Big" behind the outlaws and to make the frontier safe for Western Union



DEEP IN THE HEART OF TEXAS



Hoping to increase its box-office allure by adopting the title of a popular song, Deep in the Heart of Texas (clap!clap!clap!clap!) was the first Johnny Mack Brown western of the 1942-43 season. The plot concerns a group of insurrectionists who intend to keep Texas separate from the rest of the USA. Brown is cast as Jim Mallory, son of insurrectionist leader Colonel Mallory (played by William Farnum, who was often called upon to play Brown's dad). At first sympathetic to the separatists out of loyalty to his father, Johnny ultimately realizes that the movement has been corrupted by a criminal element. With the help of governor's emissary Brent Gordon (Tex Ritter), Johnny is instrumental in restoring the Lone Star state to the Union. The title tune is sung con brio by the Jimmy Wakely trio.



LITTLE JOE, THE WRANGER



From 1942-50 he was consistently among the screen's ten most popular Western actors. Brown formally retired from movies in 1953 but made occasional return appearances as a "nostalgia" act. While we have no more information on this movie it still helps round out the set of one of the screens most beloved western stars.



THE OLD CHISHOLM TRAIL ? WITH TEX RITTER & Johnny Mac Brown



Johnny Mack Brown stars as Dusty Gardner, spokesmen for a group of hard-working cattlemen. As Gardner and his compatriots guide their livestock down the titular trail, the villains try to make certain that the cattle will never reach the market. Heading the bad guys is a bad girl, one Belle Turner (Mady Correll). She intends to cut off the cattle's water supply, then move in and hijack the thirsty bovines. But Dusty and his saddle pal Montana Smith (Tex Ritter) ain't a-gonna let that happen. The Old Chisholm Trail was one of the last Johnny Mack Brown vehicles for Universal.



JOHNNY MACK BROWN WESTERNS SET #8
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