The Singing Outlaw

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The Singing Outlaw
The Singing Outlaw poster.jpg
Directed by Joseph H. Lewis
Produced by Trem Carr
Written by Harry O. Hoyt
Starring Bob Baker
Joan Barclay
Fuzzy Knight
Music by Frank Sanucci
Cinematography Virgil Miller
Edited by Charles Craft
Release date
  • January 23, 1938 (1938-01-23) (USA)
Running time
57 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Singing Outlaw is a 1938 "B" movie directed by Joseph H. Lewis and starring Bob Baker as a singing cowboy.[1]


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.[2] This was the second of four films in which Fuzzy Knight played the comic sidekick to Universal's new singing cowboy, Bob Baker.[3]


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.[4] To trap the local outlaw gang he pretends to be Cueball.[1] He finds himself struggling to stop the cattle rustlers and win the love of the daughter of a rancher (Joan Barclay).[4] 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.[1]


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."[5]

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