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Directed by Hal Roach, Jr.
1943    45m    Passed
In the second of this series of "Streamliner" westerns from Hal Roach (preceded by "Dudes Are Pretty People" and followed by "Prairie Chickens"), wandering cowboys Pidge Crosby (Noah Beery Jr.) and Jimmy (Jimmy Rogers) take a job breaking horses for Tom Pendergrast (William Henry) at the railroad corral, and the horses stampede through town when Pidge,preoccupied as usual with chasing a girl, leaves the door open on the opposite side of the railroad car Jimmy is driving the horses into. When Pidge learns that the girl, Doris Lane (Mary Brian), he is chasing has a do-gooder heart and is fond of coddling prisoners in the jail ran by her uncle, Sheriff George Lane (William B. Davidson), he gets himself thrown into jail. The plan is working good until big-city gangster Sluggsy Baker (Marc Lawrence) is also jailed, and sends for his moll Gert (Iris Adrian), who he calls "Ma", to bring his henchmen and break him out. They also take along the unwilling Pidge. The horse stampede through town,wrangled by the likes of Bob Woodward and Kermit Maynard, is one of the better stagings of the genre, and even has a horse end up in the back seat of a convertible driven by Eddie Hall.
Cast of Calaboose
  • Jimmy RogersJim
  • Noah Beery Jr.Pidge Crosby
  • Mary BrianDoris Lane
  • William HenryTom Pendergrast (as Bill Henry)
  • Paul HurstEd the bartender
  • Marc LawrenceSluggsy Baker
  • Iris AdrianGert
  • William B. DavidsonSheriff George Lane (as William Davidson)
  • Jean PorterMajor Barabara

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