Prairie Justice

Prairie Justice is a 1938 "B" movie directed by George Waggner and starring Bob Baker as a singing cowboy.

Prairie Justice
Prairie Justice poster.jpg
Directed byGeorge Waggner
Written byGeorge Waggner
Produced byTrem Carr
StarringBob Baker, Dorothy Fay, Hal Taliaferro
CinematographyGus Peterson
Music byFrank Sanucci
Release date
  • November 4, 1938 (1938-11-04) (USA)
Running time
58 minutes
CountryUnited States

Plot summaryEdit

Baker plays an undercover marshall investigating a series of stage coach robberies. After his father is killed, he determines to get justice, pretending to be a drifter while gradually gathering clues to the identify of the killers. Early in the story Bob meets Anita, who is trying to save her ranch after all her cattle have been stolen. Bob woes Anita with his guitar. Finally he goes after the bad guys in a shoot-out. After justice had been done, Anita agrees to marry Bob.



Director George Waggner wrote the script, using the pseudonym Joseph West.[1] Fleming Allen wrote several of the songs, including "Starlight on the Prairie", "40 Miles From Water", "High Falutin' Cowboy" and "Trailin' My Way To You". Dorothy Fay, who shortly after filming ended married Tex Ritter, another singing cowboy, provides the love interest.[1] The film is one of the first to introduce a faithful dog as the cowboy's companion.[2]

Critical receptionEdit

One reviewer said of Baker's performance: "Baker has good looks, a pleasing personality, and seems to have the intelligence to do better acting than most of the western heroes."[3] Another said, "Baker is so overconfident in this role, it hurts, but then, this was just one of 10 films he made in 1938."[2]

Notes and referencesEdit


  1. ^ a b "Prairie Justice". allmovie. Retrieved January 31, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Nash & Ross 1986.
  3. ^ Smith 1973, p. 22.


  • Smith, M. P., ed. (1973). "Bob Baker". Western Film Collector. Western Film Collectors.
  • Nash, Jay Robert; Ross, Stanley Ralph (1986). The Motion Picture Guide. 6. Cinebooks.

External linksEdit

Prairie Justice at IMDb