Bad Man From Red Butte (1940)
Rating: 2 of 5.
Directed by Ray Taylor.
Written by Sam Robins.
Starring: Johnny Mack Brown, Bob Baker, Fuzzy Knight
The lawless town that needs a sheriff is one of the most overdone concepts in western cinema, but Bad Man has a unique twist. One of Jonny Mack Brown’s more interesting roles, he portrays both the murderous bandit who shoots up a small town, as well as the bandit’s twin brother who does his best to clean things up.
The dual roles confuses the hell out of the townspeople, who have years of familiarity with bad boy Gills Brady and don’t quite trust the good brother, Buck Halliday. Unfortunately, Brown’s unique characterization isn’t enough to carry a film that’s fairly devoid of plot and wholly uninteresting.
Fuzzy Knight is reeled in drastically from the over-the-top buffoonery he’s often known for, relying on clever quips and one-liners rather than his typical slapstick style.