March 20, 2013
For a guy who was directed by Frank Borzage and John Ford, his film-making style is much more Elmer Clifton. The story is pure Poverty Row and the characters more than familiar. He does manage some nice framing.
March 14, 2013
At last! An entirely Singing Cowboy!
“Roll Along, Ride ‘Em Cowboy, Roll Along”
“Take Me Back To My Boots And Saddle”
“Yippee Tay Yiy Yippee Yippee Yah”
“I’ve Got A Girl”
“On The Sunny Side Of The Rockies”
“Stars Over The Desert”
“On The Sunny Side Of The Rockies” (reprise).
If you’ve been counting, that’s seven songs. That leaves approximately seventeen minutes for plot, romance, fighting, horses and gunplay. Perhaps a good thing, since our hero is a beanpole with the body of an undernourished 14-year-old.
But as singing cowboys go, Smith Bellew is the most accomplished of the bunch. He had a storied history as a jazz vocalist and band leader long before he donned the white hat and over-sized chaps. Geoffrey J. Orr has written a book on Bellew and shares a fascinating overview of his life here.