Curtain Call at Cactus Creek (1950)
★ ★ ★ - Okay
I've been looking for this musical/comedy/western for years and finally found a sketchy VHS copy. It's so rare, you can't even find an accurate screenshot on the internet.
Walter Brennan leads a team of bank robbers who arrive in town the same day as a theater troupe. Vincent Price is the lead actor, Eve Arden is the sassy showgirl and Donald O'Connor is the stagehand. O'Connor's physical comedy is a wonder as during the show he controls the spotlight, works the props from the rafters and slides up to the piano while operating the curtain and backdrops. Brennan joins the show as a cover for his crimes and O'Connor ends up running with the bandits. All is exactly as I hoped for until the final scene, which is a terrible blackface number that includes Brennan dressed as a woman (and yes, in blackface.) My wife exclaimed, "I can't unsee that!" Cut off the last 3 minutes and you have a fine film.