Marked for Murder (1945) Tex Ritter, Dave O'Brien, Guy Wilkerson, Marilyn McConnell, Ed Cassidy Movie Review

Marked for Murder (1945)   2/52/52/52/52/5

Marked for Murder (1945)

Range War Bleating On

There be trouble a brewin' between the ranchers and the sheep man with things heading for an out and out range war. Thankfully Tex, rangers Dave and Panhandle are on hand to try and dissolve things before they escalate. When the sheep men are attacked the rangers throw the ranchers in jail the three friends discover there is someone else behind the war and is playing off each side against each other.

I should start by saying prior to watching "Masked for Murder" I had been on a bit of an old western binge, watching and reviewing at least one a day for 3 weeks. In those 3 weeks I watched 3 other 1 hour westerns which used the same idea which is used in "Masked for Murder" which is someone manipulating things to start a range war between the sheep men and ranchers. And truth be told "Masked for Murder" is the weakest of these movies which use the range war storyline with little about it which stands out from the crowd.

In fairness there is one thing which makes "Masked for Murder" stand out and that is due to the weakness of the storyline the whole singing cowboy elements as we get a couple of musical scenes stand out. Ironically they stand out as being the best parts of the movie because the singing is easy on the ears and there is nothing else of interest in the movie with the story weak, the characters weaker and the stereotypical comedy even weaker.

What this all boils down to is that maybe back in the day "Masked for Murder" entertained young cowboy fans but now it is even a struggle for even the most fanatical of western fans due to its all round weaknesses.