The Film Detective, hot on the heels of ten new film restorations for delivery to DVD on Oct. 4, is back this week with ten additional restorations that will be retail-ready on Oct. 11.
The legendary Corriganville — out in the wilds of Simi Valley — is the shooting location for writer/director Harry Fraser 1945 Western, Enemy of the Law, starring Tex Ritter and Dave O’Brien.
Western villain, Charles King (who was literally “King” of the Western bad guys) plays Charley Gray, an inmate about to be released from prison who has the only map to a quarter of million dollar worth of pilfered gold (and that’s when gold was $16 an ounce). He knows that even his own men will kill him for it, so he hides the map in a very “unique” place!
Texas Rangers, Tex Haines (Tex Ritter) and Dave Wyatt (Dave O’Brien) — who made a total of eight of these “Texas Ranger” films for PRC during 1944 and 1945 — have to find the gold, save one of their own from deadly danger and contend with Gray’s outlaw gang, who will stop at nothing to get the loot!
Also on the Western front from the Film Detective on Oct. 11 are two starring Tom Tyler — Fast Bullets (1936, directed by Harry S. Webb, co-starring Margaret Nearing and Rex Lease) and Ridin’ On (also 1936, directed by Harry’s brother, Ira Webb, and co-starring Joan Barclay and Rex Lease).
It’s 1949, the war is over, and construction is booming, especially roads and new tunnels. That’s the subject of director William H. Pine’s 1949 action film titled, Dynamite, starring William Gargan, Virginia Welles and Richard Crane.
New “blasting” techniques learned during the war clash with “old school” ways of blowing things up as Johnny (Richard Crane) — fresh from the war — battles “Gunner” (William Gargan) for the affections of Mary (Virginia Welles).
Director Victor Halperin’s 1939 film release of Buried Alive is one of those “poverty row” programmers that finds the local prison’s executioner, Ernie Matthews (George Pembroke) not only head-over-heels in love with fellow prison employee, Joan Wright (Beverly Roberts — China Clipper, Her Husband's Secretary, etc.), but tired of his job. She, however loves the warden’s chauffeur, Johnny (Robert Wilcox), who is a trustee and about ready to rejoin society.
But when a murder occurs within the prison walls, Johnny is framed — and quickly — sentenced to death. Will Ernie do his duty and get the girl of his dreams, or will he ferret out the real culprit and end up losing any chance of getting Joan! All of this in a hectic 62 minutes!
Also to be found in the Oct. 11 mix from the Film Detective are All the Kind Strangers (a 1974 MOW starring Stacy Keach, Robby Benson, John Savage and Samantha Eggar), Divorce His, Divorce Hers (1973, starring the “Battling Burtons” — Liz and Richard), Career Girl (1944 with Frances Langford), Father Steps Out and the 1937 Sherlock Holmes film, Silver Blaze (aka: Murder at the Baskervilles), starring Arthur Wontner (his fifth and final appearance as the famous detective) as Holmes and Ian Fleming as Dr. Watson (Ian Fleming the actor, not Ian Fleming the 007 author).