Slim Pickens’ first pairing with singing cowboy Rex Allen came in Colorado Sundown, where the boys inherit a logging company. Trouble comes when brother and sister scoundrels (Fred Graham and June Vincent) try to seize control of the business. The sounds of the popular 50’s vocal group Republic Rhythm Riders can be heard throughout this rollicking adventure.
Decades before Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch, director William Witney (Zorro Rides Again, The Crimson Ghost) perfected a cinematic technique for increasing the intensity of onscreen violence, by overcranking the camera during fight scenes, so as to marginally speed up filming speed.
Typical of Republic productions in this genre, Colorado Sundown provides a great deal of furious fight footage, a runaway stagecoach corralled by trick riding, and several musical numbers, including the traditional folk song “Down by the Riverside.”
The Colorado Sundown DVD also includes the first episodes from two classic 1950s serials, Flash Gordon Conquerers the Universe and Radar Men from the Moon.