Lightnin' Bill Carson

Lightnin' Bill Carson

Director: Sam Newfield

Cast: Sam Newfield, Tim McCoy, Lois January, Rex Lease

     
 
The first of nine Bill Carson Westerns produced by Sigmund Neufeld and starring the stalwart Tim McCoy, Lightnin' Bill Carson was the only entry released by Puritan Pictures. Lightnin' Bill is the marshal of Blue Gap, TX, who resigns to chase down "Breed" Hawkins (John Merton) and the "Pecos" Kid (Rex Lease), a couple of outlaws he earlier ran out of town.

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The first of nine Bill Carson Westerns produced by Sigmund Neufeld and starring the stalwart Tim McCoy, Lightnin' Bill Carson was the only entry released by Puritan Pictures. Lightnin' Bill is the marshal of Blue Gap, TX, who resigns to chase down "Breed" Hawkins (John Merton) and the "Pecos" Kid (Rex Lease), a couple of outlaws he earlier ran out of town. During a stagecoach robbery, Pecos witnesses Hawkins murder a deputy (Edmund Cobb) and flees to the house of his brother, "Silent" Tom Rand (Harry Worth). Bill discovers the body of Bates the deputy, and follows the trail to the Rand house where he arrests Pecos. Learning that the killer is really Hawkins, Bill fails to save Pecos from being hanged by the sheriff (Jack Rockwell). Avenging his brother's death, Rand kills both the sheriff and his posse, leaving a playing card on each corpse. Tom has saved the highest card for Bill, but confronted with the lawman, he realizes that vengeance is the sole responsibility of God and secretly empties his own gun before meeting Bill in a final shootout. McCoy made four additional non-Carson Westerns for Puritan before bringing his act to Neufeld's Victory Pictures and resuming the Bill Carson series.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
Much has been said about this unusual B-Western, which, at 78 minutes, is a good 15 minutes or so longer than almost every other independently produced programmer of the 1930s. With its blurring of lines between hero and villain -- at least in the opening reel -- a foreboding sense of doom, and a heroine (Lois January) not that far removed from a femme fatale, it is little wonder that Lightnin' Bill Carson in some quarters has been compared to the noir Westerns of the early '50s. There is even a mention or two of a showdown at high noon. But when all is said and done, producer Sigmund Neufeld's corner-cutting production methods, the typically amateurish bit players (good old Lafe McKee, to name but one, has a tough time assuming a Mexican accent), and the tinny sound pretty much overshadows such niceties as an above-average script and some interesting camera angles.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/27/2012
UPC:
0089218688194
Original Release:
1936
Source:
Alpha Video
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sales rank:
65,512

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