Best Western Movies of 1938

1.

Gold Is Where You Find It

3.0
6.2/10
Gold Is Where You Find It
Colonel Ferris, a wealthy farmer in northern California, is strongly opposed to hydraulic mining, a new method developed during the gold rush of the 1870's, which is flooding the area's prosperous farmlands. Despite Ferris' political stance, Jared Whitney, a mining engineer from the East, becomes friends with the colonel's son Lance and falls in love with his daughter Serena. Family tensions deepen when the colonel's brother Ralph gives up farming to go to San Francisco to work for his wife Rosanna's father, Harrison McCooey, a leader in the mining venture. When Lance follows Ralph, the colonel, focusing his anger on Jared, forbids him to see Serena.
Starring: George Brent, Olivia de Havilland, Claude Rains, Margaret Lindsay, John Litel
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1938-02-12
2.

Of Human Hearts

2.6
6.9/10
Of Human Hearts
This is a story about family relationships, set in the time before and during the American Civil War. Ethan Wilkins is a poor and honest man who ministers to the human soul, while his son Jason yearns to be a doctor, helping people in the earthly realm. It is a rich story about striving for excellence, the tension of father-son rebellion, and the love of a mother that can never die.
Starring: Walter Huston, James Stewart, Beulah Bondi, Gene Reynolds, Guy Kibbee
Directed by: Clarence Brown
Release date: 1938-02-11
3.

Billy The Kid Returns

2.6
6.0/10
Billy The Kid Returns
After Pat Garrett kills Billy the Kid, Billy's look-alike Roy Rogers arrives and is mistaken for him. Although a murderer, Billy was on the side of the homesteaders against the large ranchers. As Billy's death is unknown, Roy gets Garrett to let him pose as Billy to continue the fight, but without the killing.
Starring: Roy Rogers, Smiley Burnette, Lynne Roberts, Morgan Wallace, Wade Boteler
Directed by: Joseph Kane
Release date: 1938-09-04
4.

Under Western Stars

2.5
6.1/10
Under Western Stars
In his starring debut Roy gets elected to congress in order to bring water to the ranchers in his district. In Washington he learns he needs the backing of a key congressman and gets that man to go west for an inspection trip. When the Congressman is initally unimpressed, Roy gets the inspection party stranded without water to show the true conditions.
Starring: Roy Rogers, Smiley Burnette, Carol Hughes, Maple City Four, Guy Usher
Directed by: Joseph Kane
Release date: 1938-04-20
5.

The Renegade Ranger

2.4
5.9/10
The Renegade Ranger
Two Texas Rangers have their worlds rocked by a wrongfully accused female bandit.
Starring: George O'Brien, Rita Hayworth, Tim Holt, Ray Whitley, Lucio Villegas
Directed by: David Howard
Release date: 1938-09-16
6.

Overland Stage Raiders

2.4
6.1/10
Overland Stage Raiders
After gold shipments from a mining town have been hijacked, the three Mesquiteers buy a plane to fly the gold out. The owner of the shipping line brings in Eastern gangsters to thwart them.
Starring: John Wayne, Ray Corrigan, Max Terhune, Louise Brooks, Anthony Marsh
Directed by: George Sherman
Release date: 1938-09-20
7.

Red River Range

2.3
6.0/10
Red River Range
The Cattlemen's Association has called in the Mesquiteers to find cattle rustlers. They get Tex Riley to pose as Stony so Stony can arrive posing as a wanted outlaw. This gets Stony into the gang of rustlers and he alerts Tucson and Lullaby as to the next raid. But Hartley is on hand and unknown to anyone is the rustler's boss and he joins the posse with a plan that will do away with the Mesquiteers.
Starring: John Wayne, Ray Corrigan, Max Terhune, Polly Moran, Lorna Gray
Directed by: George Sherman
Release date: 1938-12-22
8.

The Texans

2.3
6.3/10
The Texans
After the Civil War, an ex-Confederate soldier faces new battles, including the elements and a carpetbagger intent on destroying him.
Starring: Randolph Scott, Joan Bennett, May Robson, Walter Brennan, Robert Cummings
Directed by: James P. Hogan
Release date: 1938-08-12
9.

Heart of the North

1.9
5.5/10
Heart of the North
A two-fisted Canadian Mountie leads lawmen in pursuit of the thieves who stole an Edmonton-bound freighter's cargo.
Starring: Dick Foran, Gloria Dickson, Gale Page, Allen Jenkins, Patric Knowles
Directed by: Lewis Seiler
Release date: 1938-12-10
10.

Riders of the Black Hills

1.6
7.1/10
Riders of the Black Hills
Riders of the Black Hills is a 1938 American Western directed by George Sherman. The intrepid cowboys known as the Three Mesquiteers; Stony (Robert Livingston), Tucson (Ray Corrigan) and Lullaby (Max Terhune) are on the case when rancher Peg Garth's (Maude Eburne) prize racehorse is abducted by bookie Rod Stevens (Tom London) and a secret cohort to prevent it from winning an important race.
Starring: Robert Livingston, Ray Corrigan, Max Terhune, Ann Evers, Roscoe Ates
Directed by: George Sherman
Release date: 1938-06-15
11.

The Terror of Tiny Town

1.6
3.8/10
The Terror of Tiny Town
Using a conventional Western story with an all dwarf cast, the filmmakers were able to showcase gags such as cowboys entering the local saloon by walking under the swinging doors, and pint-sized cowboys galloping around on Shetland ponies while roping calves.
Starring: Billy Curtis, Yvonne Moray, 'Little Billy' Rhodes, Billy Platt, John T. Bambury
Directed by: Sam Newfield
Release date: 1938-12-01
12.

Ride a Crooked Mile

1.6
6.8/10
Ride a Crooked Mile
The son of a cattle-rustling Cossack immigrant must choose between following the straight path and helping his father escape from prison.
Starring: Leif Erickson, Akim Tamiroff, Frances Farmer, Lynne Overman, John Miljan
Directed by: Alfred E. Green
Release date: 1938-12-09
13.

The Frontiersmen

1.6
6.5/10
The Frontiersmen
The local school is causing Hoppy problems. First Bar 20 cattle are stolen when Hoppy investigates a problem there. Then the new teacher arrives and disrupts the routine of the Bar 20 hands. Later with the Bar 20 hands at graduation, the rustlers are poised to strike again. But there is dissension among them and this will lead to the break that Hoppy needs.
Starring: William Boyd, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Russell Hayden, Evelyn Venable, Charles Anthony Hughes
Directed by: Lesley Selander
Release date: 1938-12-16
14.

The Last Stand

1.4
6.1/10
The Last Stand
Tip Douglas is sent after cattle rustlers, the same rustlers that murdered his father. Posing as a notorious outlaw, he is able to join the gang. Learning that the gang's boss Thorn Evans killed his father, he and sidekick Pepper set a trap when he learns of their next raid.
Starring: Bob Baker, Glenn Strange, Fuzzy Knight
Directed by: Joseph H. Lewis
Release date: 1938-04-01
15.

Cowboy from Brooklyn

1.4
5.8/10
Cowboy from Brooklyn
A singing cowboy turns out to be a tenderfoot.
Starring: Dick Powell, Pat O’Brien, Priscilla Lane, Dick Foran, Ann Sheridan
Directed by: Lloyd Bacon
Release date: 1938-07-09
16.

Romance Road

1.1
4.8/10
Romance Road
A RCMP sergeant must mediate a land rights dispute between an advancing railroad construction gang and French Canadian trappers in the rugged Northwest Territory of Canada.
Starring: Walter Cassel, Anne Nagel, Craig Reynolds, Linda Perry, Owen King
Directed by: Bobby Connolly
Release date: 1938-01-28
17.

Starlight Over Texas

0.0
6.0/10
Starlight Over Texas
Tex has been sent to investigate the theft of government provisions along the border. Kildare is the leader of the outlaw gang and has his men posing as Indians. He has already killed the incoming Marshal and assumed his identity. When Tex asks too many questons, he plans to get rid of him also.
Starring: Tex Ritter, Salvatore Damino, Carmen Laroux, Rosa Turich, Horace Murphy
Directed by: Albert Herman
Release date: 1938-09-06
18.

The Feud Maker

0.0
4.9/10
The Feud Maker
When Tex is brought in to fight in a range war between the cowmen and the nesters, he meets his old outlaw boss Lassiter. He learns Lassiter is behind the feud when Lassiter asks him to join up with his gang. Tex refuses and instead sets out to stop the feud but no one will believe him that Lassiter is responsible.
Starring: Bob Steele, Marion Weldon, Karl Hackett, Frank Ball, Budd Buster
Directed by: Sam Newfield
Release date: 1938-04-16
19.

I'm from the City

0.0
5.5/10
I'm from the City
Pete Pepper (Joe Penner) is a shy, timid circus performer who is scared to death of horses, but rides like a whirlwind when he has been hypnotized by "Ollie" Finch (Richard Lane). Pete is entered as a competitor in a wild-west cross-country obstacle race...and has to ride without being hypnotized.
Starring: Joe Penner, Richard Lane, Lorraine Krueger, Paul Guilfoyle, Kay Sutton
Directed by: Ben Holmes
Release date: 1938-08-05

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