Born in Detroit in 1911, Herb Jeffries is a great singer ... and his rich baritone enhanced the legendary Duke Ellington Orchestra beginning around 1940.
In between all of this, and most often billed as Herbert Jeffrey - “The Bronze Buckaroo”, he starred in (4) four B westerns in the late 1930s.
Herb Jeffries' first western was HARLEM ON THE PRAIRIE (1937). Handling the directing chores was prolific Sam Newfield.
Over the course of the next year or two, Jeffries did three more western movies,
TWO GUN MAN FROM HARLEM (1937),[See link to movie below]
THE BRONZE BUCKAROO (1939), [See link to movie below]
HARLEM RIDES THE RANGE (1939). [See link to movie below]
In 1942, he had a Billboard hit called “Flamingo.” Jefferies left Ellington to make it as a solo artist. Jefferies recently came back to the limelight and has released a CD of cowboy songs.
1. Harlem Rides the Range (1939) – Herb Jefferies:
Bradley is after Dennison's radium mine and it appears that his henchman Conners has killed him. When Blake (Herb Jeffrey) arrives at Dennison's, Bradley and Conners arrive at the same time. When Blake leaves he drops a glove. Bradley kills Conners and uses the glove to frame Blake. Learning of Bradley's plan to kill Dennison's daughter, Blake escapes jail and sets out to reach her.
2. Two Gun from Harlem (1937) – Herb Jefferies:
A cowboy is wrongfully accused of murder. He winds up in Harlem, where he assumes the identity of a preacher-turned-gangster who looks like him. He infiltrates the gang to catch the men who framed him.
3. The Bronze Buckaroo (1939) - Herb Jefferies:
Bob Blake and his boys arrive at Joe Jackson's ranch to find him missing. While Slim cheats Dusty out of his money using ventriloquism and marked cards, Blake tries to find Jackson. Learning that Thorne and his gang hold him prisoner, he and his men trail them. When Thorne's gang gets the drop on them, Slim puts his ventriloquism to work.
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