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Balcony Gang, Foist Class
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George O'Brien ranks as one of my favorite cowboys. He was handsome, charismatic and a real life war hero (having served in 4 wars, no less!)
Whilst I'm a big fan of his non western Whispering Smith Speaks (and its virtual clone, Park Avenue Logger), I really enjoyed his RKO series. Comprising 16 entries, I found them to be polished productions which tapped into the 'marketability of George O'Brien' (ie there was a dash of humor). The RKO signing (wherein he moved over from Universal's Sol Lesser Productions) must have caused ructions within the 'B' western 'studio hoping' community (especially with Howard Hughes' big, fat cheque book never far away). I notice that along with George O'Brien's studio switch, his regular (and most successful) director David Howard appears to have followed. But upon landing at RKO, the pair met up with an ace cinematographer (and Oscar nominee) Harry J. Wild - and the latter's superb work is up there on the screen for everyone to see
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