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Cast (feature film)
Saloon entertainer Vermilion O'Toole and her former partner in crime Newt Cole escape from a train ride to prison and hide out in logging town Timberline. Meanwhile, the three 'cute' sons of widower Will Hall come to town in search of a wife for their dad, and pick our heroine. Vermilion needs to lay low to escape the marshal, so she accepts the boys' offer to visit pioneer community Pine Grove. Once there, she annoys local Mrs. Grundys but eventually starts to fit in. But what is that blackhearted villain Newt Cole up to?
A survivor of the battle at the Alamo returns home to find his family has been killed by a bunch of thugs disguised as Mexican soldiers. He then grows intent on enacting revenge despite the lack of support for his cause.
Nuclear tests set a dormant prehistoric monster on a path of destruction.
A circus ringmaster and an egotistical trapeze artist vie for the love of a pretty acrobat.
A westerner with a questionable past leads a wagon train into the Oregon territory.
World War II is over; to get home quickly, GIs Willie and Joe (of cartoon fame) join the "inactive reserve." Just firmly settled back into civilian life, they're recalled for a new bout of basic training at a base in Japan. From then on, the boys are in and out of one scrape after another...topped by innocent involvement with glamorous Nida, a Eurasian Mata Hari, and her sinister friends.
Roistering sea captain Jonathan Clark, who poaches seal pelts from Russian Alaska, meets and woos Russian countess Marina in 1850 San Francisco. Events separate them, but after an exciting sea race to the Pribilof Islands they meet again; now, both are in danger from the schemes of villainous Prince Semyon.
A mysterious masked rider and his gang are murdering ranchers and robbing stages. Government Agent Johnny Mack Brown has been called in to help the Sheriff. Capturing a henchman he learns of everyone involved except the boss, the masked rider. He eventually suspects the Wells Fargo Agent and has a plan that will trick him into a confession.
An Englishman who resembles the king of a small European nation gets mixed up in palace intrigue when his look-alike is kidnapped.
Young David, orphaned en route to California, falls into the hands of medicine-show rascal Baltimore Dan. Years later, now a trained thief, he's adopted by eccentric 'Doc' Brown, retired miner and pharmacist. Doc and David become fast friends in their scenic outdoor rambles. But when they discover a hidden treasure, the idyllic interlude gives way to more troubles and a strange coincidence.
Whip Wilson (Whip Wilson) and his friend Dave Connors (Rand Brooks) survey the range for a railroad line, and are ordered to get out of the territory. The entire town and most of the land around it are owned by retired cattleman Martin (Hugh Prosser), who allows his oldest daughter, Clara (Peggy Stewart), who, unknown to Martin, has been milking the town dry with the aid of her fiancee (Bruce Edwards), over the objections of her sister Frances (Noel Neill.) Clara knows that the coming of the railroad will bring an end to her rule of the territory.
The story begins in 1865, during the Civil War, when Captain Cyrus Harding (Richard Crane), prisoner of the Confederates, escapes in an enemy baloon with war correspondent Gideon Spilett (Hugh Prosser); Jack Pencroft (Marshall Reed), a sailor; Herbert "Bert" Brown (Ralph Hodges), Pencroft's adopted son, and Neb (Bernard Hamilton), Harding's black servant. A sailor with an adopted son and a servant in jail with his master is rather mysterious in itself. Hey, move on, it's a Katzman serial from Columbia. The baloon drifts in space for days and finally lands on a desert island. Also landing, in a better aircraft, is Rulu (Karen Randle, a former Miss Oklahoma in the Miss America pagent), a visitor from Mercury who seeks a radio-active material that will enable her to manufacture an explosive that will destroy the world or, at least, the portion known as Earth. Since it is in the 1860's and she has a spacecraft that will make the journey from Mercury to Earth, and all of the earthlings are riding horses or walking, her problem with Earth is none too clear, other than possibly hacked about not winning the Miss America contest. Harding and his hardy crew fight 15 chapters of battles against the island's natives, some passing-by pirates led by reliable Gene Roth, and Rulu and her Mercury henchmen, wearing the same headgear that "The Spider" wore in two previous Columbia serials, indicating the costume department went overboard on black headcoverings with spider webs on them earlier in the decade. Harding and his men are frequently aided by Captain Nemo, a man of mystery in charge of the only submarine (the Nautilus) around at the time other than the "Monitor" and the "Merrimac." Rulu, who also has the power to put grown men into a trance and does so a couple of times, including the native chief and all of his warriors, finally has enough of all the problems, but has gathered up enough "radio-active" material to at least destroy the island and does so.
The head of the Texas Ranger enlists two convicts to track an outlaw band.
In 1220, a small band of English crusaders arrives at Samarkand in Central Asia, just as the city and its ruling princess are threatened by the hordes of Genghis Khan. Lovely Princess Shalimar hopes to thwart the conqueror by guile, while Sir Guy wants to put up a brave (if ultimately hopeless) fight. Despite a mutual attraction, their conflicting projects threaten any hope of success either might have had alone. Fast-moving; bears little relation to history.
Following his work with the Afrika Korps, Field Marshall Rommell joins in a plot to assassinate Hitler.
U.S. Marshals Dave Willis (Johnny Mack Brown) and Sandy Barrett (Milburn Morante), traveling incognito to investigate the robbery of a shipment of Mexican Government gold, rescue Kathy Martin (Jane Adams) from an outlaw ambush, after her father Joel Martin (Steve Clark), publisher of the Latigo newspaper, has been wounded. Later, Martin is killed, and Bull Jackson (Marshall Reed), who claims to have seen the crime, accuses Dave of the murder. Dave reveals he is a U.S. Ranger and Sheriff Doss (Bud Osborne) releases him. Roger Bigsby (Hugh Prosser), co-owner of the newspaper and secret leader of the outlaw gang, sends Jackson to ambush Dave, who escapes. Bigsby, learning that Sonny Lang (Myron Healey), a notorious gunman once jailed by Dave is being released from prison, sends for him and hires him to get rid of Dave, who is close to discovering that the stolen gold has been cast as newspaper type and shipped east.
Steve Ranson (Charles Starrett), an ex-Texas Ranger, is called upon by Gregory Banion (Charles Evans), manager of the Trans-Western Railroad, to solve a series of mysterious attacks on the railroad's surveying parties along the Ranahan Trail, Jeff Carson (Hugh Prosser), owner of the stage line which will lose business when the railroad is completed, is the primary suspect. Steve, as the Durango Kid, foils an attempt on Carson's life and believes him when he says he is not responsible for the raids. They join forces and, with the aid of town gunsmith Smiley (Smiley Burnette), they uncover the real outlaw leader.
Two ex-Navy buddies travel to a tropical island to help search for a fugitive Nazi and a fortune in diamonds stolen by him during WWII, and encounter multiple dangers at the hand of a gang also seeking the treasure for the island's corrupt governor.
Epic re-telling of the story of the Biblical strongman laid low by love.
A master thief escapes from a Canadian prison farm and makes his way to New York.
A blow to the head sends an auto mechanic back to the days of Camelot.
A cavalry officer must join forces with an outlaw he has been tracking to fight a Sioux war party.
The Arabian Nights hero sets off to find the lost treasure of Alexander the Great.
An English convict girl sent to the colonies gets mixed up in the war with the Indians.
Columbia's 33rd serial (made between "Jack Armstrong" and "The Sea Hound") was based on the character that first appeared in "Action Comics" No. 42, who was a radio singing cowboy who doubled as a crime-fighting, motorcycle-riding crime-fighter with a pre-teen Chinese boy, Stuff, as his answer to Batman's Robin, although Stuff ran a lot or errands that Robin didn't have to do since the Dynamic Duo had Alfred the Butler (both versions) to do those. In the serial version, Stuff became a white, draft-age sidekick played by George Offerman Jr.(and we are still looking for any film made in the 30's and 40's that this actor was billed as the incorrect George Offerman rather than the correct George Offerman Jr), which fit right in with the costume changes that Columbia tagged The Vigilante character with; a snappy-brim fedora and a Montgomery Ward catalog white Gene Autry- style shirt instead of the large flat-brimmed hat and double-button blue shirt he wore in the comic books. The nose-chin covering bandana is about all that survived the comic book to screen transfer. They also changed Greg Sanders, the Vigilante's alter-ego from a radio troubador to a western film actor and miscast Ralph Byrd in the role (they could have held John Hart over from the previous serial who would have fit the role better) as a government agent known as the Vigilante investigating the case of the "100 Tears of Blood", which are rubies sought by a gang led by the unknown (ha!)X-1 and the mysterious Prince Amil Hassan (Robert Barron.) While not the worst of the Katzman-produced serials, the best thing about it remains Ramsay Ames, coming toward or going away from the camera.
Beaucaire is a barber for the Royal French court who becomes a real "royal pain" for the king. As a result he is sent to the guillotine - however he is saved by the Duc de Chandre, who rescues and transports him to the Spanish court. While there Beaucaire poses as a noblesman. The only problem is, he gets into even more trouble.
A widow generates small-town gossip when she falls in love too soon after her husband's death.
The new manager of an ice show plots to steal the owners business and his wife.
A newcomer to Pecos succeeds in smashing a holding company which has been levying unwarranted taxes upon the ranchers. He does so by posing as the son of the head of the company. He later reveals himself to be an agent of the U. S. Department of the Interior.
A World War II veteran hunts down the Nazi collaborators who killed his wife.
A penniless veteran is mistaken for a millionaire playboy.
A perky switchboard operator investigates murders that baffle the police.
The legendary gunman plots a series of daring heists.
Duke falls for Flaxen in the Barbary Coast in turn-of-the-century San Francisco. He loses money to crooked gambler Tito, goes home and PL: learns to gamble, and returns. After he makes a fortune he opens his own place with Flaxen as the entertainer. The 1906 quake destroys his place.
World War II construction workers have to fight the enemy to get the job done.
Because town cut-throat Phil Randall (Jack Ingram) wants the ranch owned by "Pop" McGee (Steve Clark) on which is located a valuable silver deposit, he frames McGee on a cattle rustling charge, and the old man is sentenced to hang. "Boots" Annie (Sarah Padden)is determined to save him, so she sends for U. S. Marshals Nevada Jack McKenzie (Johnny Mack Brown) and Sandu Hopkins (Raymond Hatton), who rescue McGee from jail on the eve of his hanging. They then set out to gather the evidence to clear McGee and convict the real villains. Swede Larson (Art Fowler) and Sheriff Jed Hawkins (Hugh Prosser), working with Randall, conspire to get the marshals out of the way and hire the Dawsons (Lynton Brent and Stanley Price) to do the job. The job backfires and the first Dawson is shot, but before the dies, he talks and enables Nevada and Sandy to nake arrests and clear McGee of any charges.
A U.S. sub braves enemy waters during World War II.
U. S. Marshals Nevada Jack McKenzie (Johnny Mack Brown) and Sandy Hopkins (Raymond Hatton) come to Teton at the request of Dan Broderick (John Merton) to try to find out why and by whom the ore from the mine is being hi-jacked. When Broderick decides to deliver his own ore, the assayer tells him it is worthless. He is about to sell the mine to the saloon owner but Nevada asks him to hold off for a few days. Nevada and Sandy discover that the ore is being switched enroute to the assayer but manage to get a good shipment through. The saloon owner and his gang alter the reports but the two Marshals take the assayer to the mine for an on-the-spot analysis. They are almost trapped in an explosion set by the crooks, but escape and round up the gang.
A Navy doctor fights to help wounded sailors escape the Japanese during World War II.
With writer Bennett Cohen recycling the same script he had used at Republic in 1941 for Don Barry's "Desert Bandit", this 50th entry in the "Hopalong Cassidy" series finds Ranger Hopalong Cassidy (William Boyd) falling into disrepute and leaving the service, because of the death of his pal and young protege Tim Mason (Richard Crane), who had lost his good standing through the suspicion that he was implicated with a band of smugglers, who had been using his ranch as a hideout. With the aid of his pals, California Carlson (Andy Clyde) and Jimmy Rogers (Jimmy Rogers), Cassidy tracks down the outlaw gang, invades their hideout, and captures or kills the leaders, and regains both his and Tim's good names, while revealing his discharge from the Rangers was a plot hatched by him and Ranger Captain Jennings (Herbert Rawlinson).
A Mountie tracks a downed Nazi flyer through the Canadian wilderness.
A government agent is assigned to join a hate group in order to gain information on their underground activities.
An unemployed reporter tracks down a Nazi spy ring to get his job back.
Nurses caught behind enemy lines during World War II fight to survive.
A Merchant Marine crew fights off enemy attacks at the start of World War II.
When someone robs the town bank before he can, a bandit joins forces with the sheriff to catch the real crooks.
Burton is after Clark's ranch. He gets the banker to refuse to renew Clark's note and then sends his men to rustle his cattle. Hoppy is Clark's new foreman and is on to Burton's scheme. But just as he learns of the rustling and is about to go after the gang, the Sheriff arrives and arrests him for hiding Johnny who has been accused of robbery.
After her uncle is murdered by outlaws, Betty Wilkins takes over his the telegraph-line business with the help of Steve Collins--who ucovers the higher motive behind the murder.
Chris Waring (William Wright) is a government investigator trying to gather the necessary evidence to convict a shipping magnate, DeBrock (J.Edward Bromberg), of selling his ships to the United States but is suspected of holding up and preventing their delivery because of bribes from foreign powers. DeBrock's conscience, nor his flirty wife, Valerie DeBrock (Osa Massen), give him any peace of mind.
As Wild Bill Hickok and sidekick Cannonball stalk a murderer, they encounter the killer''s fiancee.
Gene is a government inspector looking into what's killing cattle. The ranchers want to burn the area to clear of a poisonous weed, but Gene favors chemical spray from an airplane.
A fun-loving shop girl is mistaken for the mother of a foundling.
A Spanish peasant caught up in the Civil War falls for a Russian spy''''s daughter.
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