Meanwhile, Turlock is beginning to realize he's underestimated Tom, and he sets his henchmen (Slim Pickens, Sheb Wooley, among others) and his cousin, Billy the Kid (Tyler MacDuff) on the folksy lawman.
Will Tom manage to survive and win out with only his rope tricks and his native wits against all this firepower?
This may sound like potential corn on the cob to some, but with a script based on a Saturday Evening Post story by screenwriter Michael Fessier (“You Were Never Lovelier”) and the direction of none other than Michael Curtiz (“Casablanca”), “The Boy from Oklahoma” is unexpectedly well-crafted entertainment. And there are other genuine connections to the Sooner state with the presence of Oklahoma City-born Chaney and Erick, OK-born Wooley. And Rogers Jr. sure looks and sounds like his dad, walking around with that coil of rope in his hand spouting amusing bits of down-home wisdom.
This film became the basis for “Sugarfoot,” a popular 1957-61 Warner Bros. TV series that starred Will Hutchins as Brewster.
“The Boy from Oklahoma” is available from warnerarchive.com.
— Gene Triplett