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    Some movies... !!

    "Riders of the West" (Howard Bretherton, USA, 1942)
    Corrupt businessman Mason and larcenous banker Miller combine to rustle the cattle and foreclose on the mortgages of local ranchers to gain control of the valley. but the undercover Riders thwart their plans. Another good episode of the Rough Riders’ serie with great trio Buck Jones, Tim McCoy and Raymond Hatton. 6,5/10

    "Down Texas Way" (Howard Bretherton, USA, 1942)
    The sixth film of Monogram's eight-film series, "The Rough Riders", has U. S. Marshals Buck Roberts and Tim McCall coming to a Texas town to visit their friend, U. S. Marshal Sandy Hopkins, only to learn that he has disappeared, and is suspected of the murder of John Dodge, owner of practically the whole town, except the hotel Sandy owns and runs when he isn't on an assignment as a Marshal. The murder has been committed by the henchmen of Bart Logan, who intends to take over the dead man's property and whose men are holding Sandy prisoner to make it appear that he fled after arguing with and killing Dodge. Just before the murder, Logan sent a letter to Dodge with the news that the latter's long-missing wife is returning, and in a short while, Stella, a Logan accomplice, arrives posing as the missing Ann Dodge, thus establishing her right to the Dodge property. Sandy, allowed to escape, returns unsuspectingly to town and is jailed by Sheriff Trump. Mary, Sandy's niece, appeals for help to Dave Dodge, the murdered man's son, who doesn't know his mother since she left when he was a baby. Meanwhile, Tim has taken charge of the town under his authority as a U. S. Marshal, and Buck, pretending to be a fugitive criminal, has worked his way into the Logan gang. Locating a photograph of the real Mrs. Dodge, he confronts Logan with the picture, who confesses the plot. Buck immediately arrests the whole gang, but Logan escapes. Dave traps him in an old mine, where he is captured by Buck and Tim. Another great Entry in the rough Rider’s serie 7/10

    "Below the Border" (Howard Bretherton, USA, 1942)
    A gang of rustlers blackmails young Joe Collins into helping them, Sandy poses undercover as a janitor in the leader's saloon, and Buck impersonates a well-known crooked fence. A good Rough Riders’ movie as usual… 6,5/10

    "Fugitive in the Sky" (Nick Grinde, USA 1936)
    Reporter Terry Brewer goes to the Los Angeles airport to say goodbye to his sweetheart, airline hostess Rita Moore. He notices G-Man Mike Phelan among the passengers and assuming Phelan is on the trail of a criminal, decides to go along to get a story. When the plane makes a stop in New Mexico, passenger Mrs. Tristo buys a hunting knife from an Indian. Late that night, a shadowy figure approaches the sleeping Ramon Duval and plunges a knife into his heart. Phelan assumes charge of the situation and begins to question the passengers. Wanda Terrell, who is wanted-fugitive Killer Madsen in drag disguise, holds up Phelan and announces he is now running the show. He orders pilot Bob White to head the plane to Evansville, Indiana, Masden's hometown. When Rita offers Masden a cup of coffee, which includes a powerful sleeping potion, the suspicious Masden exchanges cups with co-pilot Johnnie Martin who passes out. The annoyed Masden knocks out pilot White and Rita is forced to take over the controls. A heavy dust storm (thanks to Fred Jackman's visual effects) has clogged the plane's motors, but White comes to in time to bring the plane to a landing in the worst of the storm area. The passengers and crew all take refuge in a farm house, still held captive by Masden. The fugitive forces White and Terry to go with him to repair the plane, but Rita has gotten a shotgun from the farmer and follows them. A quite good small B with pretty Jean Muir Warren Hull. Howard Phillips as the Killer is quite good. 6/10

    "Ghost town Law" (Howard Bretherton, USA 1942)
    When two of their Marshal friends are killed, the Rough Riders are sent to investigate. They have to find the killers in a ghost town where the houses and an old mine are interconnected by secret passages and tunnels. Aquite interrestng episode of the Rough Riders’ serie with many reference to the small world of cinema ! 6,5/10

    "Rimfire!" (B. Reeves Eason, USA 1949)
    An undercover army officer investigating the theft of army gold shipments takes a job as deputy in a small town that's being terrorized by what they believe is the ghost of a gambler who was wrongly convicted and hanged for those robberies. The last feature film directed by veteran action specialist B. Reeves Eason. He did some second-unit work on features after this and some television directing, but this was the last feature he directed. For B fans only. 6,5/10

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    "Gunfight at O.K. Corral" (John Sturges, USA 1957)
    After a long career as a lawman that made him a legend, Wyatt Earp decides to quit and join his brothers in Tombstone, Arizona. There he would see them in a feud with the Clantons, a local clan of thugs and cattle thieves. When the showdown becomes inevitable, the help will come from Doc Holliday, a terminally-ill gambler who happens to be another Wild West legend. Rewatched this nic western with huge casting !! 8/10

    "Power Rangers" (Dean Israelite, USA 2017)
    High school outcasts stumble upon an old alien ship, where they acquire superpowers and are dubbed the Power Rangers. Learning that an old enemy of the previous generation has returned to exact vengeance, the group must harness their powers and use them to work together and save the world. Another group of mighty teens save the world… 2/10

    "Undercover Agent" (Howard Bretherton, USA 1939)
    When Bill Trent a United States Mail Inspector for the railways, uses his gun to foil a robber, he gets a probation sentence from the service. So, the next time he encounters a gang of crooks---forgers of sweepstakes tickets---he brings them to justice and jail without the aid of a gun. A quite interesting small B… 6,5/10

    "Largo Winch" (Jérôme Salle, France/Belgium, 2008)
    Billionaire Nerio Winch (Predrag "Miki" Manojlovic) is found dead, drowned. An obviously suspicious death as Nerio is the founder and majority shareholder of the powerful and sprawling "W Group". Who will inherit this financial empire? Officially, Nerio had no family. But he had a secret he kept well-hidden: a son, Largo (Tomer Sisley), adopted nearly thirty years before from a Bosnian orphanage. The only problem is this young heir has just been thrown in prison deep in the Amazon. Accused of drug trafficking, he claims he's innocent. Nerio murdered. Largo in prison. What if these two events were part of a plot to take control of the Winch empire? A classic adventure movie wih lot of improbable action and so on. 5,5/10

    "The Red Dragon" (Phil Rosen, USA 1945)
    Chan is faced with suspects in a stolen atomic bomb formula case, that are being killed with bullets that are not fired from a gun. Another funny episode of the serie with Sidney Toler who brings dignity to the role of Charlie Chan, even in these poor Monogram entries. The script isn't original, but it's still good to see Toler as Chan soon at the end of his carreer and some of Hollywood's important supporting actors such as George Meeker, Don Costello, and Charles Trowbridge and Willie Best is fine as Chattanooga Brown. For fans of Chan 7/10

    "The Feathered Serpent" (William Beaudine, USA 1948)
    n order to learn the location of a fabled Aztec treasure, a professor kidnaps his colleague, the only man able to read the ancient Aztec script that is supposed to reveal the location of the treasure. Charlie Chan and his #1 and #2 sons journey to the jungles of Mexico to find the victim and bring the kidnapper and his gang to justice. The serie nearly reaches his end with this episode with Roland Winers as Chan. But the serie is still good ater those years… 6,5/10

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    "A View to a Kill" (John Glen, USA 1985)
    James Bond has one more mission. Bond returns from his travels in the U.S.S.R. with a computer chip. This chip is capable of withstanding a nuclear electromagnetic pulse that would otherwise destroy a normal chip. The chip was created by Zorin Industries, and Bond heads off to investigate its owner, Max Zorin. Zorin may only seem like an innocent man, but is really planning to set off an earthquake in San Andreas, which will wipe out all of Silicon Valley. As well as Zorin, Bond must also tackle May Day and equally menacing companion of Zorin, while dragging Stacy Sutton along for the ride. Not the best James bond but still interesting and entertaining. Pure 80’s indeed with Grace Jones and Christopher Walken ! 7/10

    "The Man with the Golden Gun" (Guy Hamilton, UK 1974)
    Scaramanga is a hitman who charges one million dollars per job. He becomes linked to the death of a scientist working on a powerful solar cell, and James Bond is called in to investigate. As he tracks down Scaramanga, he realizes that he is highly respected by the killer, but will this prove to be an advantage in the final showdown? A james Bond with Christopher Lee as the bad guy can’t be bad… 7/10

    "L’aile ou la cuisse" (Claude Zidi, France 1976)
    Charles Duchemin, a well-known gourmet and the publisher of a famous restaurant guide, is waging a war against fast-food entrepreneur Tricatel to save the French art of cooking. After having agreed to appear on a talk show to show his skills in naming food and wine by taste, he is confronted with two disasters: his son wants to become a clown rather than a restaurant tester and he, the famous Charles Duchemin, has lost his taste. Yes I know, but… I love it ! 7/10

    "The Sky Dragon" (Lesley Selander, USA 1949)
    All the passengers on an airplane headed for San Francisco are drugged, and when they wake up, it is discovered that a quarter-million dollars is missing. Charlie Chan--and, of course, his #1 son--must discover the identity of the person who doped the passengers and stole the money. The last Charlie Chan movie the end of great serie !! I watched them all !! 7/10

    "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (George Roy Hill, USA 1969)
    Butch and Sundance are the two leaders of the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang. Butch is all ideas, Sundance is all action and skill. The west is becoming civilized, and when Butch and Sundance rob a train once too often, a special posse begins trailing them no matter where they run. Over rocks, through towns, across rivers, the group is always just behind them. When they finally escape through sheer luck, Butch has another idea, "Let's go to Bolivia". Based on the exploits of the historical characters. Rewatched it with much fun…. 8,5/10

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    "Club Havana" (Edgar G. Ulmer, USA 1945)
    Edgar G. Ulmer directed this film about a number of different characters unfolding love, hate, and death problems during an evening in a fashionable Latin nightclub. A poorly known Ulmer movie not it’s best but still a ‘touche’ even with few means, and especialy so indeed… 6,5/10

    "The Sombrero Kid" (George Sherman, USA 1942)
    When Marshall Holden discovers gold, Martin tricks him into signing a deed and then has him killed. His natural son replaces him as Marshall but his adopted son Jerry accidently kills a man and is wrongly convicted of murder. But Martin also has a son and he is the key to solving Jerry's problems. A good small B western with Don ‘Red’ Barry ! 6/10

    "The Omaha Trail" (Edward Buzzell, Edward L. Cahn, USA 1942)
    Vane hires Candel to haul his locomotive by freight wagon to Omaha. Ross knows that the railroad will mean the end of his freighting business and plans to make sure the locomotive does not get through. When his attempts are foiled, he and his men take all the guns and leave. With the Indians about to attack, , <USA Candel and his crew find themselves defenseless. A good unknown small B. 6/10

    "Man-Eater of Kumaon" (Byron Haskin, USA 1948)
    A doctor hunts a vicious, man-eating tiger that terrorizes a native jungle village. In time the doctor experiences a personal change when he accepts their native customs and beliefs. A small adventure B movie with sabu…. 6,5/10

    "The Rangers Ride" (Derwin Abrahams, USA 1948)
    After the Texas Rangers are disbanded, the the reconstruction years following the Civil War, a private state-police force extorts money from the citizens in a "protection" scheme. Ex-Rangers Jimmy Wakely and "Cannonball" Taylor foil an arrest by state-police officers Hamon and Kelly. Commissioner Jed Brant tells his nephew that his old friend Jimmy is plotting against the law-and-order forces. Vic's fiancée and ranch-owner, Sheila Carol, refuses to sign up with the crooked police outfit, and believes Jimmy is an outlaw. On Chief Barton's order, Hamon shoots ex-Rangers Murphy and Payson, so they can be blamed for a raid on Sheila's ranch. Jimmy Wakely and sidekick Dub Taylor star in this small B. 6/10

    "Range Renegade" (Lambert Hillyer, USA 1948)
    After Marshal Jordan is honored by Jimmy, Cannonball and others for his forty years as a law officer, the Sawyer mine is blown up by Belle's foreman, Kern, following Sawyer's refusal to sell out. Dan Jordan, the Marshal's son, interested in Belle, secretly the head of the outlaws, is lured by her from scouting the road on which his father guards a ore shipment. Jimmy and Cannonball drive off the outlaws, headed by Kern and Burton, but the Marshal is fatally wounded. The town council appoints Jimmy the new Marshal, which disappoints Dan, but Belle persuades him to become Jimmy's deputy, in order to get information from him about ore and payroll shipments. Dan quits as deputy and fights Jimmy when the latter suspects Belle of involvement in the robberies. Another good entry for Jilmy Wakely ! 6,5/10

    That's all for today !