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|Also Known As:||Died:||November 28, 1969|
|Born:||September 7, 1902||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||Crab Orchard, Nebraska, USA||Profession:||Cast ...|
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A young man comes of age when he stows away in his grandfather''''s stolen car.
An innocent young writer learns the ways of yellow journalism working for a top Chicago paper.
Posing as a hangman, Mace Bishop arrives in town with the intention of freeing a gang of outlaws, including his brother, from the gallows. Mace urges his younger brother to give up crime. The sheriff chases the brothers to Mexico. They join forces, however, against a group of Mexican bandits who mortally wound both brothers.
A senator hires a veteran scout to accompany a wagon train from Missouri to Oregon.
The notorious outlaw fights to save his fiance from the dreaded vampire.
A Texan, an Indian and a Spanish noblemen join forces against their enemies.
Strange goings on at the site of an experimental underwater laboratory as a mysterious object of unknown origin is detected in the area. A group of researchers investigate and come face to face with the object, a large automated extraterrestrial probe. They board the craft and discover a small object at first considered to be some sort of instrument package, which they take back to the lab for closer inspection. It is then that events take a turn for the worse.
A Colorado sheriff pursues a ruthless gang of train robbers into New Mexico, where he has no official jurisdiction. Accompanying him is a motley posse, including a sharp-shooting gambler whose fiancee the gang has kidnapped.
Audie and Dan Duryea are hired by a mysterious woman to take her across Indian country to her husband. On route, she tries to seduce Audie by offering to give him Duryea's share of the money if he will help her achieve her real goal: kill Duryea for having killed her husband. Audie dreams of a getting enough money to buy a ranch of his own, but his loyalty to his friend prevails. In the end, Duryea is killed anyway by the Indians and gets his wish: a funeral carriage pulled by - you guessed it - six black horses.
Several shady characters gather for a killer''''s execution and to look for his loot.
Based on Major John Wesley Powell's own journal, adventure yarn depicting the perils encountered by Powell and nine boatmen in successfully navigating three small craft down the treacherous Colorado River for the first time in 1869.
A Confederate veteran helps the survivors of a Union wagon train.
Domino returns from the Civil War to find his ranch in ruins and his father murdered. Five men were responsible and four were identified. One by one Domino outdraws the four that were known, all being outlaws. There is only one left now. Domino does not know his identity but that man probably knows of Domino and his mission.
Ma and Pa do their bit to hook lumberman Brad Johnson up with spoiled socialite Sally Flemming. Ma teaches Sally how to behave like a hick so she'll be compatible with Brad.
A southern belle fights to survive slavery after learning her mother was black.
A reformed outlaw takes on his old gang.
The coming of the railroad to Cedar City spells the end of the stagecoach as the government gives the mail contract to the fastest means of delivery. McCord loses the stagecoach line gambling with the new buyer, but has enough hidden money to buy a ranch and some cattle. To make more money, he starts a gang to rob the railroad, express offices and steal cattle. But the railroads send out special agent Cameron to end his reign of violence.
Two frontiersmen clash over the slaughter of a buffalo herd.
Two brothers end up on opposite sides of the law in the old West.
A wandering cowboy gets caught up in a range war.
Inmates and staff at a posh asylum clash over love and lunacy.
Pride and a lecherous ranch hand stand between an amorous cowboy and his farm girl sweetheart.
Wayne Morris, James J. Lydon, Beverly Garland, Rayford Barnes, Dabbs Greer, Lee Van Cleef, Nestor Paiva. While on the run from corrupt carpetbaggers in post-Civil War Texas, a young gunslinger teams up with a fugitive gunfighter to seek revenge on his former partner.
A police detective on the take tries to catch his brother''''s killer.
Marshal Rocky Lane (Allan Lane) learns of a plan to obstruct the promotion of natural gas in his town. Bud Galloway (Roy Barcroft), ranch boss for Jeff Chadwick (Trevor Bardette)who has just gained his release from prison, is the ringleader of the gang fighting the gas company, headed by Joanne Collier (Cathy Downs.) Galloway tampers the gas line and kills an old man, and Chadwick is blamed. Galloway, knowing that Lane suspects him, hires Dutch Clyburn (Robert Bice) to kill both Lane and Chadwick. Lane learns that Galloway framed Chadwick for the murder of Joanne's father. Galloway gets his in an explosion, Joanne and Steve Edrington (Ray Montgomery)look like they are going to team up, and Rocky and "Black Jack" ride out of town. Evidently heading for El Paso for "El Paso Stampede", as this was the next-to-last film in the series for Allan 'Rocky" Lane and His Stallion "Black Jack." Lane would go on to become the voice of TV's "Mr. Ed", while "Black Jack" retired to a pasture.
Banker Mason is after the ranchers land so he can resell it to the railroad for a profit. He has the railroad agent killed and replaces him with his stooge who then offers even less than Mason. But Rocky eventually suspects Mason and when Bill Anderson informs him the agent is a fake, they head out after Mason
Anchor is building a railroad and to get cheap labor he gets Black Hawk's Indians to attack and burn the incoming wagon train. This forces the settlers to work for Anchor and he pays them in devalued scrip. When Rex figures out Anchor's swindle, Anchor gets Black Hawk to capture him. When Anchor turns on Black Hawk and shoots him, Black Hawk gets a chance to repay a debt to Rex.
In his final B western, Bob Steele is Sam Webb, an ex-outlaw gone straight. When the Cherokee Kid is broken out of jail Rocky questions Sam. Cherokee was in Sam's gang which has now been taken over by respected townsman Oakes. Just as Rocky convinces Sam to talk, Oakes has Sam shot. Oakes then plans to lure Rocky into a trap and also finish off Sam.
In the last of the "Rocky" Lane series, federal marshal Rocky Lane (Allan Lane) saddles up "Black Jack" and heads for the Mexican border to investigate cattle rustling during the Spanish-American War. He gets a job with feed-merchant Nugget Clark (Eddy Waller), and discovers that Nugget's wizened little helper,Josh Bailey (Edward Clark), has been giving cattle shipment information to the town dentist, Mason "Doc" Ramsey (Stephen Chase), who is the secret leader of the rustlers headed by Floyd Garnett (Roy Barcroft.) When Ramsey and Garnett steal some of Nugget's cattle feed, Rocky follows them to their hideout through a waterfall into a hidden valley (El Paso is overun with such scenic delights.) The outlaws have kidnapped Alice Clark (Phyllis Coates)and Rocky captures Ramsey after Garnett is killed in a gun battle. Alice is rescued, the stolen cattle are recovered and Rocky moves on to his next film assignment, which was more than five years later when he turned up as the sheriff in Universal's "The Saga of Hemp Brown." This film had two working titles, "Stagecoach To Cheyenne" and "El Dorado Gold Rush", which lasted until somebody read the script and found no mention of gold rushes, El Dorado, Cheyenne or stagecoaches-to-anywhere. The waterfall in a hidden valley would have fit Cheyenne better than El Paso, but it would have been a heck of a cattle drive to get the herd across the Mexican border.
Strategic targets on Earth are being destroyed by an unknown weapon. Government security head Henderson suspects it's an "atomic ray" originating from the moon! He assigns Commando Cody, scientist and man of action with a secret flying suit, to investigate. Soon, Cody is battling Earth thugs in the pay of Krog the moon man and making trips in his experimental rocket to the moon itself, in a perilous and all but singlehanded effort to thwart the planned invasion of Earth.
Baxter is transporting counterfeit bills across the border in the bottom of fox cages. When veterinarian Allen places the fox ranch under quarantine tying up the bills, Baxter's plan to get at the money means trouble.
One-time cavalry officer Rex Allen, between jobs as a star rodeo rider, is asked by his former commanding officer, Colonel Bigelow, to help settle a dispute between the army and local ranchers. The cavalry has commandeered a large parcel of land needed to test their newly-designed tank and prominent rancher Jenson has encited the locals to rebel at this intrusion. It is up to Rex and his sidekick, Slim, to thwart Jenson and convince the residents that these army tests are essential.
Rocky arrives to help his friend Nugget whose shipments are being robbed. Learning the gang only goes for incoming shipments, he figures they are repacking the loot and having Nugget ship it out. So he hijacks the next outgoing shipment finding a box labeled tools contains gold bars. Then posing as an outlaw he makes a deal with the gang hoping to round them up. But the boss learns he is a Marshal and he is made a prisoner.
The Daltons force Belle Starr to help them on a dangerous raid.
Five people have a part of the map to the treasure of Billy the Kid. Stanley kills Howard to get his piece. Marshal Rocky Lane poses as a crook and takes the other four pieces figuring the killer will contact him. But Stanley knows he is a Marshal and sets a trap to nab him.
Marshal Rocky Lane is sent to help the Sheriff who is under attack from both the miners whose ore wagons are disappearing and the newspaper editor for not catching the outlaws. But the editor is actually the leader of the gang and with the election forthcoming, she has a plan to make the Sheriff look bad so her son will be elected Sheriff thereby making it easy for them to continue with their robberies.
The 57th of Republic's 66 serials is filled with stock footage from some of that company's previous "Zorro" serials, primarily 1944's "Zorro's Black Whip", so a lot of the footage finds Ken Curtis wearing the same costume as Linda Stirling and (mostly) her double Babe DeFreest wore in that serial. Disney now owned the rights to the Zorro character, but Republic wasn't about to let all that footage go to waste when all they had to do was create a character called Don Daredevil. Those who express surprise at finding TV's "Festus" as the lead in a serial evidently are looking at the career of Ken Curtis from the back end rather than from the beginning aspect of his career. The serial has political boss Douglas Stratton (Roy Barcroft) finding that an old Spanish Land Grant made to Ricardo Moreno and later sold to Patrick Doyle to be a forgery, and he tries to cash in by having his men attempt to stake out mineral claims and homesteads on the ranches now part of the original grant. The plot is resisted by Patricia Doyle (Aline Towne), grand-daughter of Patrick Doyle, and her neighbor Gary Taylor (Robert Einer). Stratton backs up his demands with the help of the crooked sheriff (I. Stanford Jolley), and Gary and Patricia are facing with losing their property when her cousin, Lee Hadley (Ken Curtis), arrives from back East. Foreseeing Stratton's move, he already has homesteaded the Doyle Ranch, forcing Stratton to temporarily back down. The other ranchers follow suit, homesteading and mineral-claiming their own property, but Stratton organizes a gang of night riders to try and drive off the ranchers before they can prove their titles. Lee decides to take on the character of Don Daredevil, which has been used by his grandfather during earlier times of trouble. As the masked daredevil, Lee is successful in driving off Stratton's raiders. Stratton lures Don Daredevil into an ambush but he escapes to an old ore shack overhanging a cliff, and Chapter One, "Return of the Don", ends when the shack is dynamited. Eleven more chapters reel by before Lee/Don Daredevil acquires the original, unforged deed and puts an end to Stratton's scheme in the 12th episode, "Flames of Vengeance."
A drought is about to end the cattle business. The owner of a canning factory wants to buy all the remaining cattle cheap. He plans to ruin the cattlemen's plans to ship water by train and to seed the clouds for rain. Roy is sent by a packing house to investigate.
A border patrolman fights to stop smugglers from bringing in diseased cattle.
Outlaws took $30,000 from the Adams Bank, but one of them double crossed everyone and hid the money in old Fort Dodge, Nevada. As old Fort Dodge is out of his jurisdiction, Rocky takes a vacation there and finds that everything is owned by old Skeeter, who knows nothing about the hidden money. But the Pike gang is also in town looking for the money and Rocky wants the money and the head bandit. When settlers come to town, he devises a plan to catch all the bad ones and get the money back for the Adams Bank.
Rocky, Special Investigator for Wells Fargo, shows up just in time to save the stage from being robbed. Unable to find the mastermind, or even the outlaws who rob the stage, Rocky goes undercover as an outlaw. He goes to Cedarville after robbing the stage, with the help of the driver, and tries to find the big boss. What he does find is that the big boss has a permanent retirement plan as a payoff for the goods.
Rancher Rex Allen (Rex Allen) receives a summons from his uncle (Forrest Taylor), an old time frontiersman, that he is in trouble. The uncle has been hired to lead a modern-day band of adventurers on a wagon train retracing the route taken by their ancestors 100 years ago. Before Rex can talk to his uncle, the uncle is murdered, and Rex sets out to find the killer and the motive by taking his uncle's place as the leader of the wagon train. He discovers that the motive was the gold that the original pioneers had cached in a cave on the trail to California, and now has to find the culprit that is after it.
Landers and gang are after money intended for a new hospital. Lane and the Sheriff have a plan to trap them. But Landers hears of it and Lane is captured and the Sheriff's posse diverted. This clears the road for the gang to rob the stage bringing the money.
State Ranger Rocky Lane becomes involved in a mystery surrounding a gang of horse rustlers and a young rancher who is blamed falsely for a killing. Lane helps uncover the real killers and unmasks the ringleader of the rustlers.
Lacey is after the profits of the Foster and Morales rodeo show. He has Morales killed during a stunt and then forces Foster to take him on as a silent partner. When Rex Allen joins the show, Lacey tries to get rid of him also. But Rex survives and now believes Morales' accident may have been murder.
A group of ranchers, led by Colonel Arnold (Cliff Clark) and Ward Gordon (Tom Keene as Richard Powers), are drilling an oil well but getting fierce opposition from an unknown gang of outlaws. Eastern promoter J.B."Dude" Dawson (I. Stanford Jolley), is behind the gang as he is out to prevent the co-op members from striking oil before their lease expires, so he can secure the property for his company. When Ward, with the help of Arnold and his daughter Sally (Judy Clark), arranges for a new driller to be brought in, the replacement man is killed and one of Dawson's men takes his place.
John "Ringo" Baker shoots an Army Captain in New Mexico in self defense and his brother, Lieutenant Mike Baker (Jim Davis) is charged with bringing him in. Ringo is on his way to Utah to see Livvy Weston (Adrian Booth) and has an encounter with the U.S.Cavalry patrol led by his brother, and wounds Mike in making his escape. He arrives in the town of Gunlock and befriends Glenn Larrabee (Noah Beery Jr). , owner of a small ranch whose property, and that of the other ranchers, is coveted by Wade Proctor (Grant Withers). Ringo becomes Glenn's partner and organizes the small ranchers to fight against Proctor, who sends a fast-draw, hired gunman, Dancer (Bob Steele), gunning for Ringo, who also has his brother and the Army closing in on him.
Loumas, president of the Rock Island Trail company, tries to expand his rails into the Midwest but finds resistance of the steamship and stage-coach lines. The malicious Kirby Murrow tries everything to slow down Loumas' progress and doesn't even stop before sabotage. Only Constanze, daughter of banker Strong, believes in his success strong enough to support him financially.
Ex-G.I. Rex Allen (Rex Allen, in his film debut), a song-singing, bronc-busting cowboy for the rodeo show ran by Colonel Shawnee Jefferson (Joseph Crehan) is arrested by Sheriff Elmer Fuller (Edmund Cobb)as an accessory in the theft of $50,000 from the Dusty Acres Irrigation Company reported to have been stolen by his father, Ace Allen (John Elliott), who has disappeared. Rex escapes and reaches the scene of the problem unknown and unrecognized. The real crooks are Hugh Davenport (James Cardwell) and his uncle Jim (Stanley Andrews), head of the Dusty Acres band, who have kidnapped Mr. Allen as part of a scheme to wreck the community irrigation project which, they figure, will mean ruin for the farmers and ranchers who have sunk their savings into it. They plan to foreclose the mortgages and drill for the rich oil deposits they have secretly discovered. Rex, posing as a cowhand named Arizona Jones, obtains a job as a ditch rider and aided by Laramie Carson (Teala Loring), daughter of his dad's partner David Carson (Harry Cheshire), and cowhand I. Q. Barton (Gordon Jones), begins the project of clearing his father and trapping the real crooks.
Treasury agents join a traveling circus to catch a band of gold robbers.
Abilene gunmen are bent on terrorizing the town of Blue Valley and massacring its inhabitants. They have been hired by local druggist Henry Turner (Peter Brocco), who has discovered gold beneath the town and wishes complete possession. The gunmen rob supply wagons, burn houses, kill leading citizens and then the gang leader, Brink Fallon (Roy Barcroft), having acquired Rocky Lane's paper, poses as the new deputy marshal sent to bring order. Then the real Rocky Lane (Allan Lane as Allan "Rocky" Lane) shows up in his usual bad mood, and the tide begins to turn.
Rocky, a Range Detective, arrives to help Nugget with rustlers. When he learns Nugget owns only three cows, he stays on anyway and soon becomes involved in Benson's attempt to blow open the banks's safe. When Rocky upsets his plans, Benson supposedly gets rid of him by having him declared an outlaw wanted dead or alive. Then Benson takes a load of explosives into an old mine located directly under the bank vault.
When a man sent to prison for murder escapes while being transferred, Rocky is sent to bring him in. When he catches him in a ghost town the man claims to be innocent and was trying to clear himself by finding the stolen money that was never recoveded at the time of the killing. But then they find themselves prisoners of an outlaw gang that is also after the money.
Arizona Territory is in the grip of outlaw terror and killer outlaws, secretly organized by Hulon Champion (Roy Barcroft), who covers his power ambitions with the guise of a respectable firearms merchant. Newspaper editor Fred Gately is killed by Champion's henchman Curt Watson (Lane Bradford) when Gatley makes a public appeal to the President of the United States on the front page of his Bolton City News. After his death, his daughter Ann (Kay Christopher) and his assistant Nugget Clark (Eddy Waller) carry on his efforts and are rewarded when they receive word that the President will journey to the territory in response to their plea. Champion immediately sets in motion a scheme to assassinate the President by putting himself in the good graces of Major Oliver Duncan (William Ruhl) who is to facilitate the trip. Champion's henchmen intercept and wipe out the detail led by Lt. John Case (Richard Emory), Ann's sweetheart, who is bearing sealed orders regarding the trip. He pins suspicion on Case. Rocky Lane (Allan Lane), a lieutenant in the U.S. Cavalry Intelligence, working incognito, is riding to deliver a map of the secret route and is attacked by Watson, but escapes. Rocky then begins to uncover Champion's trail of deceit and villainy, but Champion is still loose to make an attempt on the President's life.
The annual return of the salmon each year gives the Indians of the Northwest enough food to last until the next year. This way of live is threatened by Banning who puts in a cannery on the river to harvest the fish for sale. With the Canadian cannery on the other side, the Indians find no fish in the river for them. But Banning wants all the fish for his business and he plans to burn the Canadian cannery and put the blame on Chief Nagora. But Indian Agent Roy knows that Nagora is being framed and starts looking for the people responsible with the help of his blood brother Dakota.
Rhiannon, an outlaw who regularly robs gold from the stagecoach, shoots the new sheriff and then carries him to the doctor. The doctor cleans up Rhiannon and presents him to the sheriff as the man who saved his life. Rhiannon is deputized by the sheriff, and becomes torn between his new life and the prospect of robbing the next gold shipment...
Lavinia White (Jeff Donnell) and her young brother Chad (Tommy Ivo) are shunned by the townspeople of Twin Wells because their father Tom (John Gallaudet) is serving the last part of a long prison sentence for robbing the Rysen Company of $100,000. Their only friends are Doc Meadowlark (Paul Hurst) and Pat Garrett (Monte Hale), who is employed by the Rysen Transportation Company. When released, Tom is determined to return the money to its rightful owners over the objections of Jim Judd (Roy Barcroft.) Judd threatens harm to Chad and forces Lavinia to aid him, under the same threat against Chad, in the stick-up of the stage in which Tom is returning to Twin Wells with the money. Pat arrives and Judd and the girl escape without the money. The money is returned and Tom prepares to settle down and make amends for the past. Judd conspires with Elias Dunkenscold (Milt Parsons), the Rysen office manager, to steal the money and frame it on Tom. In a chase, Sheriff Wilson (Steve Darrell) is shot but swears Pat in as a deputy before he dies. He has to jail Tom and Lavinia has to keep quiet as the outlaws have kidnapped Chad.
Rancher H. T. McKenzie (Roy Barcroft) is informed by veterinarian George Fredericks (Emmett Vogan) that his cattle are carriers of the hoof-and-mouth disease and must be destroyed. McKenzie hires Steve Paxton (Byron Barr) to kill the vet and steal his report. Roy Rogers (Roy Rogers) and the Riders of the Purple Sage (Foy Willing, Darol Rice, George Bamby and Al Sloey) on their way to the Cheyenne Rodeo, detour through Sun Rock so that Roy can visit his old schoolteacher Dolly Paxton (Elisabeth Risdon), Steve's stepmother. Roy becomes involved in the chase of Steve by Sheriff Holbrook (Montie Montana). Ruth Shaw (Dale Evans) tells Roy that the schoolboard has fired Dolly because of Steve, and that she has turned into a crushed and bitter woman still willing to defend her stepson. Roy discovers a McKenzie calf with symptoms of hoof-and-mouth which puts him on the trail of McKenzie.
Having been framed for murder, the half-breed Joe Bearclaws escapes from prison and Ranger Steve Howard goes after him. He catches up with him in the Cherokee Strip where he has no authority. Joe is then framed for another murder and this time Steve knows he is innocent and goes after the real killer.
It has been almost five years since the outlaws have stolen the army payroll from Lt. Raymond D'Arcy. While claiming that he gave the money to Major Bishop, neither the money or Bishop have ever been found and Raymond was convicted of the theft. Now he is at the abandoned fort, an escaped convict with a letter, looking to find the truth about the robbery. Members of his old command are also there and Rocky shows up to return Raymond to prison.
Sintown is just a deserted ghost town until Vanerpool starts looking for silver. Cookie and Roy's partners put $20,000 into the business only to find that the mine is worthless and Vanerpool is bankrupt. Carol comes out to look for silver to save the company, but does not know that their engineer, named Regan, is crooked and wants all the silver for himself. But only Old Ed knows where the mother lode is located.
A ranch owner (Francis Ford) turns his place into a home for boys who have lost their fathers in World War II. His evil female lawyer (Nana Bryant) covets the ranch and works in cahoots with Ford's long-lost nephew and a pack of killer dogs to get it. U.S. Marshal Roy Rogers puts an end to her plans.
As a valuable Indian tribal belt is being brought to the Indian Agent, Rocky Lane breaks up an attack on the courier. When the courier dies, Rocky delivers the belt to the Agent. But he quickly finds himself arrested for murder and learns not only is the belt missing, but the murdered Agent is not the man he gave the belt to.
A dagger has been left in every robbery by Walter Durant, fugitive leader of the President Lincoln murder ring. Rocky is sent to Santa Fe to find Durant and arrest him and the gang of outlaws he controls. Rocky soon finds that the information for every robbery comes from Tom, who is the son of the sheriff. But Rocky has to arrest the whole gang, and he does not know who is part of the gang and where Durant may be hiding.
Rocky and the Land agent riders need to get an important message to the Army post. The message is stolen but Rocky knows one of the four men on the stagecoach has it. When Rocky and the four get trapped in a shack by the outlaw gang, he learns that one of the four is the gang leader. Rocky has to learn his identity and retrieve the message
Smiling Jim is after the money Adam Post is collecting for a new reservoir. After Rocky breaks up his gang's attempted robbery. Jim steals the money himself, kills Harris, and gets the father and son to each believe the other did the killing. With Don confessing and scheduled to be hung, Rocky has a plan to trap Smiling Jim.
Old Los Angeles (never known as "California Outpost" until 1953 when Republic re-issued it under that changed-title) finds Bill Stockton (Bill Elliott as William Elliott)leaving Missouri to join his brother Larry (Henry Brandon), and prospect for gold in California. Bill and his pal, Sam Bowie (Andy Devine), arrive in the picturesque town of old Los Angeles in 1848, but find that the outlaws rule...attacking mines and trains, burning ranches, looting stores and killing those who oppose them. Bill learns that Larry has been murdered for the gold claim he had staked for them. He sets out to avenge his brother's death but runs into difficulty when Estelita Del Rey (Estelita Rodriguez) misleads him to protect her lawless lover, Johnny Morrell (John Carroll.) Bill also suspects Luis Savarin (Joseph Schildkraut), gambling house proprietor, and Marie Marlowe (Catherine McLeod), an entertainer at Savarin's place.
Otis Jones (Al Pearce), a small-town printer, has a fixation with the study of mental telepathy, and lives for the day when he can meet the top exponent of his hobby, The Great Martine (Alan Mowbray). A bolt of lightning hits him, giving him the real power of reading people's minds. When his daughter, Jill (Janet Martin), and her rich young fiancee, Bud Wheeling (Byron S. Barr), become involved in a scheme with the plotting Martine, he is able to make use of his newly-found power.
Red Ryder (Allan Lane) battles an unscrupulous fur theif named Hunter (Roy Barcroft) for the right to trap beaver and otter on the land of Chief Running Fox (Frank Lackteen). Hunter attempts to ambush Ryder and his pal "Bear Trap" (Emmett Lynn) and when this fails, he kidnaps Little Beaver (Bobby Blake), grandson of the Chief, and kills the Judge (Earle Hodgins), with whom the boy had been staying. But the boy manages to escape. The Duchess (Martha Wentworth), Ryder's aunt, turns up and tries to persuade Ryder to return east with her. He discovers her and Little Beaver as stowaways in the supply train he is taking to the Indian camp. Hunter stages a fake Indian attack and attempts to recapture Little Beaver. The latter escapes and locates Running Fox who leads his warriors to the rescue. Hunter tries to escape by using Little Beaver as a shield, but he is knocked cold by the Duchess who sneaks up behind him. There is a joyful reunion between the old chief and his grandson, but Little Beaver elects to stay with Ryder and renounces his right to one day be chief in favor of Barking Squirrel (Billy Cummings).
Charles Alderson (Bill Elliott as William Elliott) and his wife settle in the Wyoming Territory, and form a lasting friendship with Thomas Jefferson "Windy" Gibson (George Hayes as George "Gabby" Hayes). Alderson's wife dies in childbirth, leaving him with an infant daughter, who he sends to Europe for an education. During the years in which she is abroad, Alderson becomes a wealthy cattle baron. The daughter, Karen (Vera Ralston), returns to Wyoming soon after it has been admitted to statehood. She finds that much of the land her father has considered as his own is now open to homesteaders, and that hostilities have broken out between the two factions. Alderson's foreman, Glenn Forrester (John Carroll), a former lawyer with whom Karen falls in love, warns Alderson against using violence in dealing with the homesteaders. Duke Lassister (Albert Dekker), a smooth operator dealing in cattle rustling, sets himself up as a spokesman for the homesteaders and uses their fight with Alderson to further his own interests. When Lassister murders Windy, Alderson hires a gang of outlaws to war on the homesteaders.
A private detective is approached by a wealthy entertainment executive to stop a blackmail scheme against him. Although he hasn't decided to take the job, the blackmailers believe that he already has, and he is marked for murder.
A cowboy investigates a gang of big game poachers.
The period is the 1840's and Greg Thurston is out to establish his own empire out of a large area of the west. He needs rifles to give to the Indians but Monte Hale breaks up his attack on the supply train. But when they get them by robbing the warehouse, Monte suspects Thuston who had the other key. He follows Thurston only to be caught by him just as Thurston launches his final big attack.
As prisoner Ed Archer is being transferred, the stage is attacked and crashes. Archer escapes the attackers but Ranger Rocky Lane catches up with him. As Rocky is bringing him in, Archer is attacked again. Somebody wants Archer killed and Rocky, now suspecting Archer is innocent, decides to find out who and why.
A couple of Confederate soldiers, returning home from the Civil War, find Texas transformed into an armed camp with a quasi-dictator gathering up land and power as fast as he can. The two former Rebels take on this despot each in his own way.
The ranch of Red Ryder (Allan Lane) and his aunt, The Duchess (Martha Wentworth), is being used as the training site for "Gentleman Jim" Corbett (George Turner) for his upcoming fight in Carson City, Nevada for the heavyweight championship against Bob Fitzsimmons (John Dehner). Molly McVey (Peggy Stewart), the daughter of a U.S. Senator, crusading against prize-fighting in Nevada, complicates matters soemwhat when she conceives the bright idea of having Corbett kidnapped, thus causing the cancellation of the fight. The two men (George Chesebro and George Lloyd) she hires to do the kidnapping also add to the complications by kidnapping Ryder instead of Corbett. Meanwhile, a gang of crooks, led by McKean (Roy Barcroft), descend on the town intent on looting the town and also making off with the fight proceeds.
Outlaws are in control of the land so the town of Clayton City writes the governor for an honest marshal. That marshal is Frank Lane, who brings his son Rocky with him. They are attacked on the way to town by bandits, but Jimmy arrives in time to drive them off. In town, Marshal Lane figures that Saddles is the man behind the outlaw gang, but Saddles kills Lane before he can jail him. With no witnesses, they blame Nugget for the killing and Jimmy is gunning for him. Rocky decides to use the insurance money as bait to smoke out the outlaws and the head man.
Tom Lambert arrives and Long John Case gets him into trouble. To protect his wife and son he refuses to talk and is sent to prison. Long John then gets Lambert's son into his outlaw gang but Lambert is told the boy's problems are caused by Red Ryder. So Lambert breaks prison planning to kill Red.
St. Joseph, Missouri, in 1859, is divided by a railroad track that separates the richer and poorer classes of people. From the richer side comes Ann Arnesen (Vera Ralston), daughter of Michael Arnesen (Rheinhold Schunzel), owner of the Pony Express. Michael hires Sam Cotton (Bill Elliott as William Elliott) to protect his pony line from hostile Indians and the attacks of the gang of Peter Marquette (Joseph Schildkraut), owner of a stagecoach line who fears losing his contracts to the pony riders. Sam finds himself in a difficult position because Michael's wife, Cathy (Gail Patrick), is in love with Marquette. Sam, despite several attacks by Marquette's men, organizes the pony line. The ailing Michael is shocked to death by his wife's confession of hate, and Marquette tries to destroy the ecpress stations. Sam, with the aid of a friendly Indian tribe, finally wipes out Marquette and his gang, and returns to St. Joseph and Ann, the woman he loves.
Lambert has the stagecoach wrecked killing the Commissioner so his phoney replacement can alter Coonskin's land survey. When Red Ryder exposes the survey hoax, Lambert has his stooge Sheriff put Red in jail.
Texas Ranger Sunset Carson (Sunset Carson) is given the mission of tracking down the notorious Marshall gang. Uncovering their hideout, he discovers the gang is led by Ann Marshall (Peggy Stewart) and is comprised of three of her ranch-hands, Dakota (Tom London), PeeWee (Russ Whiteman) and Buckskin (Tex Terry). He soon learns that they are the innocent victims of a ring of swindlers and cattle rustlers led by the ruthless Matt Conroy (Roy Barcroft).
A cowboy fights to clear his name when he's accused of shooting a friend's horse.
A cowboy tries to protect wild grizzlies from ranchers who think the bears are decimating their cattle.
A young couple journeys to Mystery Island to rescue the girl's father, who is being held prisoner by the evil Captain Mephisto, a pirate from 200 years ago who uses his Transformation Machine to travel forward in time and disguise himself as one of the four owners of Mystery Island.
The land-rush opening of the Cherokee Strip brings in its wake a scattering of outlaws and claim jumpers. Among these is a crooked promoter. Trent Parker (Frank Jacquet), and his henchmen who plan a huge swindle by compiling falsified reports, putting the claims of honest settlers into the names of various henchmen. Clay Stevens (Allan Lane), a government agent posing as a drifting cowhand, advises the settlers to organize their resistance. Ben Jode (Roy Barcroft), the gang leader, runs for sheriff so he can gain full control of the town.
In Chicago, Red catches the crook Bull and his two young accomplices. Hoping to reform the boys, he brings them back to the ranch. But upon returning he finds that part of the ranch has been burned and all the hands are quitting.
Governor Price (Frank Jaquet) sends Sunset Carson (Sunset Carson) to investigate a smuggling ring which is baffling the Border Patrol. Newspaper woman Ann Morton (Linda Stirling) is working incognito in the saloon waiting for a break on the smuggling story. By posing as an expected outlaw named Brazos Kane (Kenne Duncan), Sunset becomes a member of the gang. Ann discovers his real identity and purpose but conceals her knowledge, even from him.
Bill Harmon (Allan Lane) receives a letter from his partner, Dave MacRoy (Bob Wilke) informing him of a rich gold strike in their California mine. Arriving there, Bill learns from elderly miner John Benton (Tom London) that Dave is dead and that he sold the mine at a strangely low price the night before his supposed accidental death. Good-natured and respected physician Doc Ryan (Roy Barcroft) shows Bill a check made out to and endorsed by Dave as full payment for the mine. But Doc becomes alarmed at Bill's suspicions and orders his henchmen to get rid of him. Red Synder (Bud Geary) picks a fight with Bill by insulting Benton's daughter Joan (Helen Talbot).In the gunfight that follows, Red is killed and through a trick, it is blamed as murder by Bill. He is jailed but escapes and interrupts a meeting between Doc and another secret member of his gang, Trigger Chandler (Kenne Duncan), the town gunsmith.
In flashback, Mr. Christi relates the story of his father Corpus Christi Jim. After robbing a stage, Jim and partners Rocky and Steve decide to go straight and return the money. But the fourth member of the gang, Spade refuses and leaves. The two former partners soon find themselves on opposite sides of the law.
While not exact remakes, two 1945 westerns - Republic's Wagon Wheels Westward and Monogram's Springtime in Texas - are close enough to the plot of Universal's 1943 Cheyenne Roundup to be labeled next-of-kin versions. Republic's offering finds The Duchess (Alice Fleming) and her nephew Red Ryder (Bill Elliott as Wild Bill Elliott) setting out to pioneer a new stagecoach line through the wild, rough country leading to Desert Springs, a small, isolated town. To ensure the customer base for the new line, they are bringing with them a wagon train of prospective settlers who want land of their own and have the cash to pay for it. Red and the Duchess are unaware that their letter to John Larkin (Bob McKenzie), the hotel owner and land agent in Desert Springs, has been intercepted by Dave McKean (Roy Barcroft) and his henchmen. McKean has intentions of letting Larkin complete the land deals and then he and his gang will steal the money. Arriving in Desert Springs, McKean & Co. are startled to find the town completely deserted (because of a rumored gold strike elsewhere), with signs that all of the citizens pulled out in a hurry. Seeing this as even a better opportunity, McKean sets himself and his men up as the town's officials and await the arrival of the prospective pigeons. An added subplot involves newly-wed Arlie Adams (Linda Stirling), a member of the wagon train, being blackmailed by Lunsford (George J. Lewis) over an earlier scandal and, while she was innocently involved, still doesn't want husband Bob Adams (Jay Kirby) to learn about it.
In 1871, professional gambler John Devlin (John Wayne) elopes with Sandra "Sandy" Poli (Vera Ralston), daughter of Marko Poli (Hugo Haas), an immigrant who has risen to railroad tycoon. Sandy, knowing that the railroad is to be extended into Dakota, plans to use their $20,000 nest egg to buy land options to sell to the railroad at a profit. On the stage trip to Ft. Abercrombie, their fellow passengers are Jim Bender (Ward Bond) and Bigtree Collins (Mike Mazurki), who practically own the town of Fargo and Devlin is aware that they are prepared to protect the little empire...trying to drive out the farmers by burning their property, destroying their wheat, and blaming the devastation on the Indians. Continuing their journey north on the river aboard the "River Bird', Sandy and John meet Captain Bounce (Walter Brennan), an irascible old seafarer. Two of Bendender's henchmen, Slagin (Grant Withers) and Carp (Paul Fix), board the boat and relieve John of his $20,000 at gunpoint. Captain Bounce, chasing the robber's dinghy, wrecks his boat on a sandbar. At Fargo, the land wars begin and John teams with the wheat farmers against the Bender gang. Several attempts are made on his life and Collins tries to frame him for murder.
The story involves a rather odd flashback by Dale who is visiting El Dorado, home of her grandmother. She dreams about her grandmother's adventures including a romance with a cowboy who looks very much like Roy. Roy, of course, also exists in the present for Dale. Songs include "Go West, Young Man," "Lady Who Wouldn't Say Yes," and "Belle of the El Dorado."
U.S. Deputy Marshal Roy investigates the disappearance of a government agent who has come to Dale's father's Lazy A Ranch. The bad guys want the land the ranch sits on because they know an oil pipeline is planned through this location. Songs include the title song and the famous "Cool Water."
Dale Evans inherits a circus, but her dead father's partner (Grant Withers) is trying to take it away from her. Roy and Bob Nolan are filming a movie on location at the circus. They and a number of other western movie stars come to Dale's aid, putting on a show and catching the bad guys.
"Iron Mike" Haines (Tom Chatterton), a crooked sheriff, and "Hands" Weber (Roy Barcroft), the town blacksmith, are in cahoots and have been robbing stages, silver mines, etc., and framing innocent ranchers and cowhands with their deeds. They set out to rob the stage and frame Red Ryder (Bill Elliott as Wild Bill Elliott) for it, but the plan backfires and the sheriff is killed. The sheriff's son, Tommy (Jack McClendon), arrives home from college and is given his dad's job, not knowing he was a crook, and swears to get the man who killed him. Weber tells Tommy that Red killed his dad and Tommy sets out to get Red.
Lawyer Leland is using land rights to kick the ranchers off their land. When Wild Bill and Gabby arrive to help the ranchers, he has actor Percel frame them for murder and then incites the townsmen to lynch them.
Bringing his large cattle herd to Sundown, Tex Jordan sells to Hatfield. He does OK but learns Hatfield is cheating the small outfits. When one refuses to sell he is murdered and Tex then decides to stay and take up the fight. He is appointed a special Agent by the Governor but unknonw to him the Governor's Secretary is a spy for Hatfield and reveals his plans.
Horse breeders Adams and Brock are vying for the Army contract. When Adams is killed trying to ride his horse Trigger, Roy saves the horse from being shot. He trains him and then plans to ride him in the race to win the contract.
Deresco owner of a night club in neutral Portugal, works a free-lance spy for everybody who can afford his price. He tries to get information from US agent John Craig with help from immigrant dancer Maritza, but she falls in love with him. Craig becomes a special "guest" at Deresco's casino, but there you can't be sure of the occupation of everybody, as well as in their political intention...
Matt Braddock (a fictional version of real-life Henry Kaiser) is an engineer with revolutionary ideas for shipbuilding. When he tries to set up yards for prefabricating ships on the West Coast, he runs up against a rival builder, Joel Kennedy. Kennedy's son Russ idolizes Matt, but Russ's sister Diana thinks Matt is a hopeless idealist who could ruin her father.
World War II construction workers have to fight the enemy to get the job done.
Rafadan finds nothing but trouble when he and Frog go to settle the ranch that Bill Smith traded for his California ranch. On the trail, they find the dazed Jim Terrill who is accused of killing Smith. But Rafadan believes that Jim is innocent and works to free him and catch the true killer.
Sandwiched in between the numerous musical numbers, the Gabby Whittaker and Madden rodeo's are competing for bookings. When Gabby gets a date in Albuquerque, Madden has his man destroy his equipment. Roy finds a broken rawhide rope at the scene and uses it to bring Madden to justice.
Barstow and Stevens are forcing the local printer to print fake silver certificates which they then sell. Treasury Agents Chick Weaver and Throckmorton Snodgrass arrive working under cover. But when Chick's true identity as an Agent is revealed, Barstow sends his henchmen to finish him off.
Two men are partners of the town bank. When one learns the other has cashed in bonds and replaced them with forgeries, he is murdered. The murdered Banker's adopted daughter takes his place and tries to keep the townspeople from losing their money. She will need help from Red Ryder who in turn will need help from Little Beaver when he gets into trouble.
Roy returns home to fine a range feud between the cattlemen and the sheepmen. When his friend is killed he finds the rifle had a defective pin. He learns the rifle belongs to a ranch hand named Barker and that a third party has caused the feud. When he captures outlaws trying to blow up a dam, he claims Barker was the killer. But Barker has switched rifles and the outlaws now accuse Roy and Roy finds himself in trouble.
A wheelchair-bound doctor tries to prove a convicted killer's innocence.
Cowboy Dan Somers and oilman Jim "Hunk" Gardner compete for oil lease rights on Indian land in Oklahoma, as well as for the favors of schoolteacher Cathy Allen.
Ex-outlaw Grey is now a respected judge out to close down Belle's saloon. Duke and Spike, who knew Grey when he was a criminal, arrive and team up with Belle. When Belle's threat to reveal Grey's past fails, Duke and Spike hold up the bank and frame Grey. Roy now sets a trap for the outlaws.
Posing as a cattle buyer, Hoppy crosses over into Oklahoma where the Jordan brother's and their outlaw gang operate outside the law. After receiving an unfriendly reception when he finds them, he, California, and Johnny rustle their cattle and drive across the river into Texas. He hopes they will cross over to retrieve their cattle and then he can arrest them.
Before he was killed by Mark Foster's men, Bud Lawton willed part ownership in his ranch to Hoppy and his two pals. When the three arrive they find a fake posing as Lawton. When they expose the imposter, Foster gets the Sheriff to jail them for Lawton's murder.
Nevada Jack McKenzie (Johnny Mack Brown) rides into the town of Blackwell, to discover that Sheriff Ben (Roy Barcroft) and town banker Ward (Sam Flint) head up a gang of thieves. U.S. Marshal Sandy Hopkins (Raymond Hatton) arrives in time to see his old pal, Marshal Bill Barstow (Robert Frazer), killed, and his son Tom Barstow (Kirby Grant) held for a robbery and murder done by the gang. Nevada frees Tom and hides him out in the cafe run by Clem Martin (Steve Clark), father of Tom's sweetheart, Ruth (Christine McIntyre). Sandy is working undercover as a saloon swamper, and learns many plans of the gang.
Craig Morton (Morgan Conway), fronting for an eastern electric concern, and town banker Emerson Wheeler (Emmett Vogan) are scheming to gain control of a water-supply dam owned by local ranchers. The bank is to foreclose on the ranchers, and sell the ranches to the corporation for a large profit. Senator Gleason (Forbes Murray) promises to help the ranchers, but he is murdered. Terry Reynolds (Don Barry), posing as an outlaw called the Nevada Kid, meets and works with Gleason's daughter, Edith (Helen Talbot), to trap the crooks and bring about a square deal for the ranchers.
Cameo Shelby is running a crooked lottery out of El Paso and treasury agent Bill Elliott has been sent to break it up. When Bill intercepts a shipment of tickets to New Mexico he forces Shelby to send incriminating papers in the next shipment. Bill captures these also and now has the evidence he needs to go after Shelby.
Shipments of gold from Goldville are being hijacked by a gang secretly headed by Ace Benton (Kenneth Macdonald), the town's leading citizen. Benton is also trying to acquire all the town property, as he knows the railroad is planning a line through there. U.S. Marshals Nevada Jack McKenzie (Johnny Mack Brown) and Sandy Hopkins (Raymond Hatton) are sent in, with Sandy posing as a preacher. Mine owner Bill Simms (Kernan Cripps) is almost wiped out by previous holdups and Dan Baxter (Eddie Dew), in love with Simms' daughter Jane (Inna Guest), offers to drive the next stage shipment and Sandy is to ride shotgun. Benton's gang, headed by Durkin (Roy Barcroft) intends to rob the stage.
The ruthless self-appointed Governor Nichols and his militia are driving ranchers off their land. When they go after the Culver's, Wild Bill arrives to help them and the outnumbered ranchers fight back.
Fleetwing has gone east to become a doctor and the first patient that he gets is Gabby. Gabby swallowed bad water escaping from Indians and has Indian fever. Fleetwing and Elliott know that the fever comes from the ranchers and want them to drain the bad water because it is killing the Pawnee. But the Indian agent, Warren, wants the land for grazing and is working with Clawtooth to get the Indians to move off the land because of the bad water. Warren decides to get rid of Fleetwing who does not want the tribe to move.
When the night watchman at the bank is gunned down during a robbery, he fingers Barton as the trigger man. When the trial comes up in neighboring Carson City, Gil finds a witness named Sullivan who says that Barton was with him on the night of the murder. Gil gets Barton off, but Sullivan soon cashes a check from Gil at the bank and that raises questions. His father, Judge Phalen, starts an action against Gil, and when his father is shot dead, Gil is blamed for his murder.
A Western bank president is framed on embezzlement charges.
Scully has forced Joe Collins who works on the Garcia ranch to give him information so his men can steal the family jewels. But the Rough Riders are on the job. Buck poses as a wanted outlaw to get into the gang, Tim as a cattle buyer, and Sandy is collecting information as the saloon janitor. As usual they pretend not to know each other.
A girl is dismayed to discover that her deceased father has left her destitute and in debt.
Romanticized biography of General George Armstrong Custer and his last stand.
An Allied sympathizer discovers his twin brother is a Nazi spy.
Biography of Andrew Johnson, who followed Abraham Lincoln into office and became the first U.S. president ever to be impeached.
Buck Roberts is leading a wagon train of railroad supplies and Jim Corkle and his henchman Loder are out to stop them by using white men dressed as Indians for the attacks.
Bad guys plot to trick a newly arrived Eastern girl out of a ranch which belongs to her infant ward. Roy, of course, saves the ranch for the girl. Songs include "I'm Headin's for the Home Corral," "He's a No Good Son of a Gun," "Sandman Lullaby," "Song of the San Joaquin," and "I'm a Cowboy Rockefeller."
In the 8th (and last) entry in the Scott R. Dunlap-produced "Rough Riders" series for Monogram, the town of Gold Creek is in turmoil due to the hi-jacking of gold. Newspaper editor Rufus Tood (Milburn Morante) is going to publish the fact that a dying miner accused Rand (Harry Woods) and Ludlow (Roy Barcroft) of being his attackers. John Corbett (Jack Daley), the town's leading citizen and Todd's supposed friend, but in reality the man behind the gang, has Todd's presses wrecked. The latter sends for U.S. Marshal Buck Roberts (Buck Jones, in his next to last film), who stops a holdup of miner Ray Mason (Bud McTaggart), carrying gold in a wagon, and brings the wounded Ray to town and secretes the wagon. Marshals Tim McCall (Tim McCoy, in his last series western), posing as a preacher, and Sandy Hopkins (Raymond Hatton), posing as an undertaker, have also arrived in town. The coffins Sandy brings contain a new printing press for Todd. With the aid of his daughter Julie (Evelyn Cook), Todd puts out an edition naming Rand and Ludlow as crooks and demanding the name of the man behind the crimes. The crooks identify Buck as the man who took the gold wagon from them, and Buck, posing as an outlaw, makes a deal with them to deliver the gold to the ring leader. They have other plans, however.
Roy is mistaken for a bad guy expected by the local outlaw gang. He goes undercover to pin the goods on the bad guys. Just as he is about to do so, the real bad guy shows up. Songs include "Remember Me," "Yip Pe Yi Your Troubles Away," "Faithful Pal of Mine," and "Don Juan."
A cattle driver gets caught in the battle between a ruthless female rancher and the woman running a trading post.
A landowner''''s will leaves his ranch to anyone who''''s served two years in prison.
A cowboy pretends to be a vigilante.
The mayor has sent for a gunslinger who, though appearing to clean up the town, is really to be the mayor's means of taking the town over. When Roy and Gabby arrive in Tombstone, Roy is mistaken for the gunslinger. Just as Roy is ready to expose the mayor, the real gunslinger shows up.
The infamous outlaw helps Missouri settlers battle railroad tycoons.
A cowboy turns bad for revenge, but cant stomach his new evil ways.
Belle Langtry runs a town being taken over by cattle rustlers. She is also a front for the outlaws, who are led by Steve Fraser. Hoppy gets elected sheriff and cleans up the town with help from the Bar 20 boys.
When Collins and his men attack the stage they kill Lucky's bride. When Lucky spots Steve Langdon, a dead ringer for Collins, he arrests him. With Steve scheduled to be hung, Lucky gradually realizes what happened and forges a release for Steve. With the Rangers after them they head out hoping to catch Collins.
A retired postal inspector gets back in the saddle to prevent a stagecoach robbery.
A young gangster and his honest brother fall for the same woman.
Romantic rivals get caught in the battle to stop abolitionist John Brown.
When the plane owned by the "Yukon and Columbia Mail Service" crashes, RCMP Sergeant Renfrew (James Newill) and Constable Kelly (Dave O'Brien) suspect murder. Their suspicions are confirmed when Renfrew finds the control stick has been jammed, forcing the plane to fly in one direction until the gas ran out. Mine owner Louise Howard (Louise Stanley) reports that her superintendent is missing. The Mounties find him murdered and that too has been made to look like an accident. A new mail service pilot, Bill Shipley (Warren Hull), arrives. He had gone to training school with Renfrew but had been cashiered for misconduct. The Mounties discover that Raymond (Karl Hackett), who had been working for Louise, really owns the flying line managed by Yuke Cardoe (William Pawley.) They find proof that all the gold from the mine isn't being turned over to Louise, and suspect that Raymond and Yuke are stealing the gold and shipping it to Seattle by plane. Renfrew sets a trap and Yuke and Raymond try to escape in their plane.
European bad guy Baron Bendor leads some local townsmen in a plot to obtain horses through theft. Hoppy and his sidekicks Lucky and Speedy must find and expose the horse thieves.
Hoppy and Lucky have been called in to investigate a series of stage holdups. The robbers are taking gold from Colby's mine and Hoppy suspects it may be ex-outlaw Colby himself. When Speedy strikes gold, Hoppy borrows it and announces a gold shipment hoping to catch the gang and their leader.
When a gold strike turns a ghost town into a boom town, Gorman arrives to open his crooked gambling hall and Judge Harkins arrives to bring law and order. Jim Bannister is aiding the Judge by bringing in Gorman's outlaws and to lure Jim into a trap, Gorman's men kidnap the Judge and his daughter for bait.
When Sam Osborne (Wilfred Lucas), owner of the Circle S Ranch, is killed by cattle rustler Bo Gillman (Dick Curtis), the outlaw is advised by crooked attorney Virgil Parker (Walter Soderling) to report the "mysterious" killing to Osborne's daughter, Helen (Nell O'Day) . Steve Logan (Johnny Mack Brown), a stranger, is jailed for the crime. He escapes and learns of Parker's scheme to steal the Circle S. Steve presents his Cattleman's Protective Association credentials to the sheriff (Edward Cassidy) and receives assurances of aid. Steve's former sweetheart, Mary Curtis (Lynn Merrick as Marilyn Merrick), confirms Parker's treachery. In a gun battle, Parker, Gillman and the rustlers are rounded up and the Circle S is saved for Helen. Steve and Mary take up their romance again.
The getaway driver for a gang of thieves is captured by the police and sent to a prison, where he contemplates a life of reform.
Not even the joys of parenthood can stop married sleuths Nick and Nora Charles from investigating a murder on a Long Island estate.
Carruthers has sold shares in a phony oil well and when Gene investigates he finds the well is a fake. Gene has a plan to recoup everyone's money. Pouring some oil in a recommended location gets Corruthers to drill a real well. Gene plans to let him know it's a fake and redeem the shares before the oil comes in.
Hall is after Dennison's land. The Marshal sends Tex to help Dennison while Hall hires the Shooting Kid to finish off Dennison. But the Kid has been helped by Tex in the past and changes sides. He, Tex, and the other hands then try to get Dennison's cattle past Hall's barricade and on to market.
Hoppy goes undercover as a gambler from the East when Bar 20 cattle are stolen by unknown rustlers. Brennan/Talbot are twin brothers (one a casino owner, the other a rancher) and Hoppy believes they provide alibis for each other while one is out committing crimes. Hoppy gets a job in the casino to learn more but is exposed when a gambling gunslinger notices him.
Hoppy goes to town to help Marshal Windy with some rustlers and winds up helping the widow Joyce when confidence men try to take her herd. King's Men songs include: "Hi Thar Stranger" and "Lazy Rolls the Rio Grande."
"The Phantom Creeps" was Universal's 44th sound-era serial (between "The Oregon Trail" and "The Green Hornet")and was re-issued to theatres in 1949 by Commonwealth Pictures Corporation, a distribution set-up handling primarily Universal re-issues. Commonwealth had no hand at all in the production of this serial (as incorrectly shown on site) as they were a distribution company only. Some sources mistakenly identify them as the serial producer because all of the 1949 re-issue prints (and the 16mm prints sold to television circa 1952) show "Commonwealth Pictures Corp. Presents" above the title.There is a whole lot of difference between "presenting" and "producing", a fact that some sources appear to not know or don't care. The serial is of interest to some collectors as it re-unites Bela Lugosi and Edwin Stanley from 1931's "Dracula", and the crater-discovery of the meteorite fragment by Zorka (Bela Lugosi)in the serial is stock footage from Universal's 1936 "The Invisible Ray." The stock footage of an explosion and avalanche used in Chapter 11 comes from Universal's 1934 serial, "The Vanishing Shadow." Plot finds eccentric scientist Dr. Alex Zorka (Bela Lugosi)carrying on various experiments in his secret laboratory with the aid of his assistant Monk (Jack C. Smith). Zorka has invented many strange weapons of warfare, including a devisualizer belt which renders him invisible; a terrifying, eight-foot tall robot (played by stuntman Edwin "Bud" Wolfe and not circus giant Bud Wolff), and he also has a deadly meteorite fragment (which he found in a 1936 movie with Boris Karloff)from which he extracts an element which can induce suspended animation in an entire army. Foreign spies, operating under the guise of a foreign language school (great cover), are trying to buy or (mostly) steal the meteorite element, while his former partner, Dr. Fred Mallory (Edwin Stanley), miffed that Zorka will not turn his inventions over to the U. S. Government, blows the whistle on him to Captain Bob West (Robert Kent) of the Military Intelligence Department. Tired of answering the door and saying no to the spies and the government, Zorka moves his lab and when his beloved wife (Dora Clement) is killed, Zorka, puttering around for his own amusement up to this point, gets hacked off as only Lugosi can, swears eternal vengeance against society, and decides to use his inventions to make himself world dictator. And would have if not for his assistant Monk, an escaped convict virtually enslaved by Zorka, who is cowardly, treacherous and totally incompetent, and whose accidental or deliberate interference with Zorka's efforts repeatedly frustrates his master's grand schemes.
A fighter''''s hard-drinking father gets his son mixed up with the underworld.
Buck Jones, Dorothy Fay, Hank Mann, Hank Worden, Roy Barcroft, Bob Terry, Budd Buster, & Silver the horse. When Dorothy Fay suspects someone is stealing her cattle, she summons Buck Jones from Arizona to solve the mystery. A slapstick western directed by Elmer Clifton who began his career as an actor in D.W. Griffith films.
The local school is causing Hoppy problems. First Bar 20 cattle are stolen when Hoppy investigates a problem there. Then the new teacher arrives and disrupts the routine of the Bar 20 hands. Later with the Bar 20 hands at graduation, the rustlers are poised to strike again. But there is dissension among them and this will lead to the break that Hoppy needs.
The experiences of Michael Grant, a young, likeable doctor in a large metropolitan hospital. Broadcast as a segment of "Geritol Adventure Showcase," the story deals with Grant's attempts to help a female patient whose husband refuses to let him perform emergency surgery.
The pilot film for "Stories of the Century." The exploits of Bill Cameron, an agent for the Railroad Protection Association, an organization that protects the newly developing railroads from Indians, robbers, or whatever trouble plagues them. In the pilot episode, Bill travels to Cedar City, a rai
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