There is land aplenty for ranchers and farmers in the lush valley just outside the town of Kingston, but not for the wily Steve Kinney (Jack Ingram) who wants it all for himself. Together with his equally greedy associate Mort (Charles King), the crafty moneylender pits the ranchers and farmers against each other in the hope of clearing the valley of its inhabitants. Kinney’s clever ploy almost succeeds, but he hasn’t made allowance for the handsome, brawny and quick-witted stranger who totes a mean six-shooter, packs a heavy punch and goes by the name of Billy Carson (Buster Crabbe)!
Running Time: 57 Minutes
MPAA Ratings: Approved
"Its amazing how director Sam Newfield managed to pack so much into westerns that often lasted less than an hour – intense drama, romance, intrigue and above all side-splitting humor! This thrilling vintage western "Oath of Vengeance" has all these ingredients and more.
There are no surprises as far as the cast is concerned – Newman sticks to the time-tested duo of ruggedly handsome Buster Crabbe and raucous Al ‘ Fuzzy’ St. John as the good guys and balances it wonderfully well with Jack Ingram and Charles King playing the bad guys. Predictably the good guys win, but not without the customary plotting, mud slinging, fist cuffing, bad-mouthing and gun slinging. Perhaps what has been used sparingly in this episode is romance, with audiences being treated to a mere hint of amorous sentiments towards the end.
The story is about bad guy Steve Kinney, who wants the entire valley to himself and sets out to achieve this by pitting the farmers against the ranchers. Naturally, good guy Billy Carson doesn’t quite like this idea and sets out to square things up. When the smoke clears, we have the farmers and ranchers rejoicing and hailing Billy as a hero. Even the pretty Dale Kirby’s heart melts, but its too late – the peacemaker has decided to move on!
Experience this thrilling vintage western from the mid ‘40s, which will have you on pins and needles one moment and holding your sides with uncontrolled laughter in the next!"
"Rarely are brains associated with brawn but Buster Crabbe was a fine example of this unusual fusion. He knew what audiences expected from him and delivered it in style. Oath of Vengeance offers proof of how Buster could take an ordinary plot and turn it into a crowd-puller in his own inimitable style. Buster did a lot to uplift the troubles minds of wartime America and needs to be commended in a big way for this."
Ashley Woods (Los Angeles, California)
"Oath of Vengeance" is a rare treat for all those who are fans of artists who play their "bad guy" roles with just as much enthusiasm and verve as the chaps playing good guys. Take away Jack Ingram and Charles King’s contribution and you have a pretty flat narrative, minus the fizz. Oh yes we can do without their bad deeds, but westerns do need the bad guys and this movie has two outstanding ones!"
Bill Priestly (St. Joseph, Michigan)
CAST & CREW:
Al St. John
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