After faithfully serving in supporting roles in Columbia's Charles Starrett westerns, Russell Hayden was awarded his own series in 1943. Starrett's Saddles and Sagebrush is nothing special plotwise, but it does show off the star to best advantage actionwise. In trying to keep the peace by pummelling every bad guy in sight, Hayden is helped along by resident Columbia comedy relief Dub "Cannonball" Taylor. Bob Wills and his entourage handle the musical chores. Though ignored by contemporary viewers, Columbia's eight Russell Hayden westerns were among the best B-pictures that the studio ever produced; the series came to an end when Hayden accepted a better offer at Universal.
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