Hair-Trigger Casey (1936) Jack Perrin, Starlight the Horse, Betty Mack, Ed Cassidy, Fred 'Snowflake' Toones Movie Review

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Hair-Trigger Casey (1936)

Captain Casey the Cowboy

Captain Jim Hair-Trigger Casey (Jack Perrin) receives news that things are not right back at home on the ranch and arranges leave from the army so he can return to sort things out. What he discovers is murder as one of his ranch hands has been killed but also Karney (Ed Cassidy), the foreman he had trusted has got himself involved with smuggling Chinese across the border except he has made some big enemies with one laying in wait for him.

"Hair-Trigger Casey" was another one of those Jack Perrin westerns from the 30s which tried to be clever by making things contemporary. As such the movie starts with Casey in the army, dressed up in his smart Captain's uniform and he even returns home still dressed as such. But then once Casey returns home and swaps to some cowboy clothes it becomes simply a familiar territory movie with some dodgy goings on, people getting murdered and Casey finding himself in danger as he tries to get to the bottom of things. You could say the whole smuggling storyline is also a nice touch but in truth not that original and little more than a tool in an otherwise typical western.

What this all boils down to is that unsurprisingly "Hair-Trigger Casey" is now little more than another old, extremely routine western which might be of interest to western fans who will watch a movie just to add it to the list of movies they have watched.