The Adventures of Champion – The Medicine Man Mystery (film #6 on Side B of Disc #12 of Ultimate TV Westerns DVD Megapack (Mill Creek Entertainment, 2007)).

Champion the Wonder Horse (really!) and his boy handler, Ricky, come across a medicine show “doctor” who’s a ventriloquist, and his dummy. Unfortunately, they are not the villains; some garden-variety jewel thieves are. This is pretty much standard kiddie Western fare, though it does feature a scene where a bad guy gets beaned by a ventriloquist’s dummy. That, and the trained animals, make it a bit more fun than most kiddie Westerns.

Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ***. Weirdness: ****. Historical Interest: ***. Overall Rating: ****.

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