George O’Brien Was an actor big in the silents and, though his popularity had waned made the transition to sound as a cowboy star. He was the son of the San Francisco Chief of Police and a college athlete. During the first world war, he was heavyweight boxing champ of the Pacific Fleet. In the early twenties, he worked as a stunt man in films and had a few bit parts. John Ford picked him to star in his first film, THE IRON HORSE, in 1924. He starred in four more Ford films. His western films ranked among the best, RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE in 1931, and a few dogs as well. He reenlisted to fight in World War II and came back to a dead career. John Ford gave him work in three films.
In GUN LAW, he plays Tom O’Malley, a U. S. Marshal sent in to clean up the town of Gun Sight. On the way, he spots a man staggering in the distance annd rushes over to help. The man collapses and as he goes for his canteen, he learns it’s all a ruse. The man is outlaw Raven, a man O’Malley had put away. Raven had broke jail and takes his horse and guns leaving him afoot, only to find his canteen empty miles along the desert. Then he finds water and the dead body of Raven lying beside water, Raven had missed the words Bad Water scratched on a rock. He finds a letter on the body asking him to come to Gunsight and look up Flash Arnold(Robert Gleckler). He takes the letter
O’Malley is saved when Parson Joshua Ross(Frank O’Connor) and his daughter, Ruth(Rita Oehman) come along in their wagon. They’re headed for Gunsight to start a church and he rides along with them.
O’Malley already had a man sent ahead to look over the lay. Sam McGee(Ray Whitley) was posing as a singing waiter with a band backing him. Whitley was a country and western singer/actor who made fifty-nine films, twenty as the lead singing cowboy.
It doesn’t take him long to establish himself as the Raven and already done the job he was sent for: the murder of the Marshal being sent in. He sows his own badge and identity papers as proof. He’s installed as the town marshal, “pretending” to be himself.
The stage keeps getting held up, but only when mine payrolls wee being transported. It could only mean someone on the inside knew the schedule. With his inside man and four deputies camped outside of town, he goes about figuring out that behind the scenes individual and where the stolen payrolls were hid.
Not without a bit of trouble though.
A decent western. A young Ward “Wagon Train” Bond plays one of the outlaws.
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