The Singing Outlaw
|The Singing Outlaw|
|Directed by||Joseph H. Lewis|
|Produced by||Trem Carr|
|Written by||Harry O. Hoyt|
|Music by||Frank Sanucci|
|Edited by||Charles Craft|
The film was the third that Lewis had directed, after Navy Spy (1937), which he co-directed with Crane Wilbur and Courage of the West. This was the second of four films in which Fuzzy Knight played the comic sidekick to Universal's new singing cowboy, Bob Baker.
A singing outlaw named Cueball and a U.S. Marshal kill each other in a shoot-out. A bystander (Baker) decides to take over the Marshall's identity. To trap the local outlaw gang he pretends to be Cueball. He finds himself struggling to stop the cattle rustlers and win the love of the daughter of a rancher (Joan Barclay). Things get complicated when a sheriff captures him with the gang, and he nearly gets hanged before it is proved that he is not Cueball.
A reviewer said, "The second of Baker's outings as a singing cowboy is notable for Miller's exceptional camera work and Lewis' emphatic direction."
Notes and references
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- Hardy, Phil (1983). "The Singing Outlaw". The encyclopedia of western movies. Octopus. ISBN 978-0-7064-2555-0. Retrieved 2013-01-30.
- McClure, Arthur F.; Jones, Ken D. (1972). Heroes, heavies and sagebrush: a pictorial history of the "B" western players. A. S. Barnes. ISBN 978-0-498-07787-6. Retrieved 2013-01-30.
- "The Singing Outlaw (1937)". IMDB. Retrieved 2013-01-30.
- Thomson, David (2008-12-18). The New Biographical Dictionary of Film: Expanded and Updated. Random House Digital, Inc. p. 1650. ISBN 978-0-307-48868-8. Retrieved 2013-01-30.