SILVER STALLION (director: Edward Finney; screenwriter: story by Robert Emmett Tansey/Robert Emmett Tansey; cinematographer: Marcel Le Picard; editor: Fred Bain; cast: David Sharpe (Davey ‘The Kid’ Duncan), LeRoy Mason (Pascal Nolan), Chief Thundercloud (Freshwater Jackson), Thornton Edwards (Tronco), Walter Long (Benson), Janet Waldo (Janice Walton), Fred Hoose (Dad Walton); Runtime: 60; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Edward Finney; Comet Video; 1941)
“The story was unconvincing and the acting was subpar, but the action sequences were just fine.”
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
Edward F. Finney (“Riot Squad”) helms this offbeat B Western that’s written by Robert Emmett Tansey. Stuntrider David Sharpe gets the starring part as horse thief Davey ‘The Kid’ Duncan. He rides with horse thieves Pascal Nolan (LeRoy Mason) and Freshwater Jackson (Chief Thundercloud). The Kid is stealing horses for his half-breed criminal client Tronco (Thornton Edwards). While rounding up a wild herd of horses, the Kid falls for a silver colt he names Thunder and wants the horse instead of his cut. Tronco refuses and draws on the Kid, but the faster Kid plugs him in his shooting hand and rides off with the horse. Five years go by and the Kid and his gang earns a rep as notorious horse thieves. They get hired by Benson (Walter Long) to steal a herd of horses, but in a nearby ranch the Kid is befriended by the sweet Jan Walton (Janet Waldo, radio actress who was still active in the 1990s as the voice of cartoon heroine Judy Jetson). After Jan reaches the Kid’s good side and he’s given unconditional love by Jan’s police dog Captain Boots, he backs out of the deal with Benson to steal her ranch horses. But Pascal and Freshwater steal them. When the Kid discovers this, he returns them to Jan. This causes Benson and Tronco to go after the Kid. But with the help of his old gang, the Kid kills them all off. In the end, he talks his boys into surrendering to the sheriff and starting life over with a fresh start.
The story was unconvincing and the acting was subpar, but the action sequences were just fine.
REVIEWED ON 6/12/2007 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: “Ozus’ World Movie Reviews”
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