Other Cowboy Stars — Bob Steele in “Giant from the Unknown”

March 27, 2011

Bob Steele did something different than Charles Starrett when his career as a Western leading man was winding down; he didn’t quit acting.

1958 finds him playing a supporting role in the low-budget sci-fi flick “Giant from the Unknown.”  He’s third-billed.

Why?  It’s a mystery.

Here’s what we know.  The area around Pine Ridge (Big Bear, CA) is crawling with archeologists digging for bones at Devil’s Crag.  They find a cross.

And they find this guy.

Bob Steele plays the ornery local sheriff who suspects the scientists are behind the recent spate of brutal killings and cattle mutilations.  One of the archeologists says “that man has a badge instead of a brain.”

At 51, Steele has the uncanny knack of coming off wizened and cagey beyond his years but as fit and more vital than a much younger man.

Of course, any fan will have two questions.  1) Does Bob shoot it out with the monster?  Yes. 2) Does he win?

No.

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