Marion Weldon and Bob Steele in The Feud Maker (1938)

Steele's in Another Range War

Tex Ryan (Bob Steele) rides in to town to find his uncle, Hank Younger (Lloyd Ingraham), waiting for him. It seems that someone has been stirring things up between the cattlemen and the homesteaders with a range war about to happen. What Tex quickly learns it that Rand Lassiter (Karl Hackett), an outlaw he once rode with has come to the area under the alias of Ross Landers and whilst everyone thinks he is a respectable businessman he is the one stirring things up. Trouble is with everyone believing Ross it is going to be hard for Tex to prove what he knows.

I have to admit I am not the biggest fan of Bob Steele westerns as often Steele would come across as a bit wooden but in "The Feud Maker" Steele seems more relaxed that he often came across. Oh there are times when he stands as stiff as a board, seeming to be concentrating on getting several lines of dialogue out but most of the time he moves about more freely and it makes a huge difference when it comes to how watch able this western is.

Aside from Bob Steele appearing to be more comfortable than usual the rest of "The Feud Maker" is pretty standard stuff with the ranchers and homesteaders at war and there being a duplicitous business man behind the war. About the only real variation on the norm is that Tex knows the businessman is an outlaw but is unable to convince others that he is up to no good.

What this all boils down to is that "The Feud War" is just a typical 1930s western but one which works better than others due to Bob Steele for once seeming more comfortable with his character and acting in front of the camera.