Creepy-crawlies in the Everglades
We sometimes review on this blog – how can I put it? – oaters of a more modest kind. Well, today here’s one that will satisfy the lover of the most obscure B-Westerns, an Empire Productions picture released by Republic in the mid-50s.
Sgt. McCarthy leads the band
The Kid, Cockney, the colonel, Plunkett, the sergeant
Plunkett taunts Cockney with a snake
They trudge on
Sometimes it reminds me just a little of movies like They Came to Cordura which examine the nature of courage and cowardice. Courage is defined by some as an absence of fear. It isn't, of course. It's being afraid and doing it anyway. This might have been explored further in the script, but wasn't, and anyway Lin McCarthy is hardly Gary Cooper.
Bill Mason is The Kid
“The quicksand scene was actually a pit that was dug about chest deep and filled with leaves, etc. The actor got in and faked the sinking part. The hand going down was actually a closeup of him just pulling down his arm (trick photography 50s style). The Florida panther that jumps out of the tree was a fake that was pushed from behind by a guy with a pole. Looks real though.”