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|Also Known As:||Died:||November 28, 1978|
|Born:||November 19, 1902||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||Nashville, Tennessee, USA||Profession:||Cast ...|
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Wyatt Earp returns to Tombstone, Arizona, 25 years after the 1881 shootout at the O.K. Corral, where he reflects back on his tenure as a frontier marshal. The reminiscences are compilations of clips from the television series starring Hugh O'Brian, "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp," broadcast on A
A group of men, lead by a questionable sheriff and a wanted bandit, descend upon the desert in search of a lost canyon of gold.
A small-town family man gets into trouble whenever he drinks too much.
A tax agent falls for a farm girl whose father he''''s investigating.
Ex-army sergeant Jed Givens and his gang rob an army payroll shipment led by Lt. Hemp Brown. Givens kills a civilian woman and all the soldiers, leaving Brown alive to face a military tribunal in which he is branded a coward, stripped of all insignia and drummed out of the army. Brown sets out to track down Givens in an effort to clear his name.
A fast-driving moonshiner locks horns with a Chicago gangster.
Army veterans are on a mission to find out who sold faulty ammunition to a cavalry troop.
Madison is a Texas Ranger who resigns after he gets a reputation for bringing them back dead. He takes a job as deputy sheriff and quickly becomes embroiled in a range war against Greene, a rancher intent on taking over the whole range. He also begins an affair with French, Greene''s wife, who wants Madison to kill her husband for her. She ends up doing the job herself.
A strange black meteor crashes near the town of San Angelo and litters the countryside with fragments. When a storm exposes these fragments to water, they grow into skyscraper-sized monoliths which then topple and shatter into thousands of pieces that grow into monoliths themselves and repeat the process. Any humans in the way are crushed or turned into human statues. The citizens of San Angelo desperately try to save themselves and the world from the spreading doom.
When his life is saved in a shootout by a fellow gunman whose life he in turn had saved, Alex Longmire promises to give up his way of life. Riding into town he finds the only job available is deputy to sheriff Jade Murphy, an honest man caught between small farmers and a local cattle baron. And he has a pretty daughter. So Longmire decides to stay and see if he can use his expertise with firearms for good.
Ben Matthews gives up the flashy life of a riverboat gambler, hoping to settle down in Galena with his girlfriend, luscious entertainer Zoe. But Galena's leading citizen is murdered on the boat; Ben, on arrival, finds a lynch mob after his neck, and flees. Three years of wandering later, Zoe's letters stop coming and Ben returns to find her and attempt the hopeless task of clearing himself.
A Korean War veteran is accused of cracking under enemy torture.
An ex-convict trying to go straight gets caught up in a train robbery.
In the old West, a small frontier town is being controlled by ruthless mob boss Decker (Lyle Bettger) and his cronies. After the local sheriff dies under mysterious circumstances, Decker arranges to have the town drunk (Thomas Mitchell) appointed sheriff, thinking he will be ineffectual. But the new sheriff sends for Tom Destry, son of a famous two-fisted lawman, to be his deputy. When Tom (Audie Murphy) arrives, he isn't exactly the swaggering he-man the sheriff had in mind. In fact, Destry doesn't even carry a gun. But the new deputy's mild exterior masks a fierce determination to see justice done, as Decker and the other locals soon discover.
Terrorizing 1866 Indiana, the Reno brothers gang uses the town of Seymour as a safe haven, paying off three crooked town officials. Sent in to clean up the gang is Peterson Detective Agency operative James Barlow, who poses as an outlaw to gain the confidence of the officials and the thick-headed brothers. Complicating matters are Barlow's feelings for the Reno sister, Laura, who reluctantly keeps house for the boys out of family loyalty. Events heat up and rage surfaces as Barlow sets up the gang in a dawn train robbery.
A lady saloon owner battles a female rancher out to frame her for murder.
A woman flees westward after witnessing a mob killing.
Hagan is rustling horses lead by a white stallion from a Government restricted area. Young Danny Saunders captures the horse who then kills Hagen's mare. Hagen needs the white stallion and when Danny is hurt during the beaking of the horse, his mother gives the horse to Hagan. Upset, Danny runs away to be with the horse. His mother chases after him and they are both made prisoners when they see Hagan's rustling operation.
Ex-cons searching for buried loot are interrupted by an Indian attack.
An Army captain risks his own freedom to prove a rebel leader innocent.
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.
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.
John Ford weaves three "Judge Priest" stories together to form a good- natured exploration of honour and small-town politics in the South around the turn of the century. Judge William Priest is involved variously in revealing the real identity of Lucy Lake, reliving his Civil War memories, preventing the lynching of a youth and contesting the elections with Yankee Horace K. Maydew.
A French professor secretly leads a band of desert freedom fighters.
A frontiersman helps out with Texas's fight for independence from Mexico.
A man on the run in the Far East is mistaken for an undercover cop.
(Wes ''52). Lon McCallister, Wanda Hendrix, Preston Foster, Hugh Sanders, Jack Elam, Clayton Moore, Myron Headley, & George Chesebro as Weasel. A young deputy sheriff takes action when he learns that the marshall is using his badge as a license to commit murder.
In the 1850s San Francisco newspaper editor Jim Martin seeks the help of wealthy miner Rick Nelson in ousting crooked politician Andrew Cain. Cain's girlfriend Adelaide falls in love with Rick. Rick and the bad guy shoot it out with shotguns on horseback.
In 1858 France, Emperor Louis Napoleon (David Bond) sends Captain Renault (George Montgomery) of the Royal Dragoons, Minister La Roche (Berry Kroeger) and Major Nicolet (William Conrad) to Normandy in search of the members of a group of rebels. A Masked Cavalier (Paula Corday), the niece, Lady Christianne, of the Marquis De Montableau (Robert Warwick), announces at a secret meeting of the Normandy underground leaders that the fabled treasure of Monte Cristo was willed to her and she will use it to finance their cause. Her uncle, the only one who can decipher the symbols on the sword of Monte Cristo, the key to the treasure, derides her stand against the Emperor. La Roche takes possession of the sword and has the Marquis put into the dungeon. Christianne, as the Masked Cavalier, regains the sword from La Roche, but Captain Renault apprehends her and returns to sword to La Roche.
A 19th-century con artist flees to the wilds of Florida to elude the law.
U.S. Marshal Gene Autry (Gene Autry) and his deputy Scat Russell (Pat Buttram) cross into Canda while pursuing bank robbers Pierre LaBlond (Carleton Young) and Raoul Duval (Trevor Bardette). They meet wounded Canadian Mounted Policeman Terry Dillon (Richard Emory), whose partner has been killed by the bandits, and take him to a cabin where they meet Duval's niece, Marie (Elena Verdugo). Jack Duvan (Jim Frasher), Marie's brother, hates all lawmen and regards LaBlond as his hero. The elder Duval and Bastiste (Francis McDonald) are captured by the Mounties in a raid which uncovers stolen U.S. gold bullion. LaBlond frees the bandits and takes Marie hostage and forces her to flee with him.
When his father is murdered, an Italian nobleman becomes an outlaw to avenge the crime.
A newspaper reporter and a bunch of scientists fly a rocket to Mars just to find out that Martians look exactly like us. Mars is running low on one of their natural resources (Corium), and plan to steal the Earth astronauts' rocket and conquer Earth. The Martian underground helps the Earthmen stop the insidious plan.
Barbara Hale, Richard Greene, Carl Benton Reid, William Bishop, Ron Randell, Sean McClory, Onslow Stevens, John Dehner, Queenie Leonard. English farmer Richard Greene leads a village uprising against their corrupt landlords in this second screen adaptation (The first version was filmed in 1935) of the popular Richard D. Blackmore novel.
The head of the Texas Ranger enlists two convicts to track an outlaw band.
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.
A doctor exiled from England becomes a pirate of the Caribbean.
A sailor and his captain fight over a beautiful girl.
A secretary gets caught up in the hunt for kidnappers.
During post civil war, southern veterans move wet to find money to rebuild their homes and are continuously harassed.
Two disturbed young people release their fascination with guns through a crime spree.
A society boy tries to help a beautiful woman save her horse-breeding farm.
A secret service agent falls in love with an illegal immigrant.
In this remake of Gene Autry's 1942 "Call of the Canyon", Rex Allen (Rex Allen), the newly-elected head of the cattleman's association, is driving the combined herds of the ranchers to the nearest railhead when he runs into trouble. The drive is stopped by Brock Stevens (Robert Karnes), whose father is a power in the meat-packing industry, and whose ownership of the railroad spur line enables him to deal ruthlessly with the local ranchers. Rex and the other ranchers are elated when Brock agrees to pay fair-market price for the cattle until they learn the exorbitant loading fees he charges will eat up their profits. The only alternative is to drive the herd to the main line railroad at Big Bow, but to do so means Brock will crack down on them for the $10,000 feed bill they owe his company. Rex starts to Tulsa to borrow the needed money, after ending a move by Hank (Trevore Bardette), the lone dissenter among the ranchers and actually in league with the Stevens crowd. Brock sends his foreman, Webb (Lane Bradford), to stop Rex and his sidekick Jigg (Fuzzy Knight) and when this fails, Brock contacts his father, Charles Stevens (Robert Emmett Keane) in Tulsa. Whens the elder Stevens learns that Rex is appealing to Kate Carney (Elizabeth Risdon), owner of a rival packing company, he sets a plan in action to undermine Rex's appeal for a loan.
An outlaw tries to leave the family gang and go straight.
Deputy Marshal Rocky Lane is sent to Dry Wells to bring in Wyoming Dan. He arrives just after a robbery where a man has been killed. He then finds Wyoming only to learn that the murdered man was Wyoming's son. Instead of bringing him in, the two join up and go after the killer.
A pair of thieves swindle their way through the gay ''''90s.
A German immigrant braves the wild West in search of gold and a woman to love.
A jungle prince stands against a maharajah's plan to capture and sell wild animals.
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.
Zeb Smith is a gambler with a larcenous streak, but when an itinerant preacher takes a bullet meant for him, Zeb vows to fulfill the preacher's mission of building a church. Frustrated in his attempts to get donations, Zeb attempts to capture fugitive Doll Brown in order to obtain the reward. But he finds that there's more to Doll than meets the eye. When his old friend Bucky McLean shows up gunning for Doll, Zeb sees a chance to redeem them all... one way or another.
U.S. agents infiltrate a deadly counterfeiting ring.
When power-hungry Faulkner and Leroux want to divide Texas into smaller sections, instead of allowing it to enter the Union as a single state, Gary Conway and the Texas Rangers must step in to thwart their chicanery.
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.
Range minstrel Roy Acuff (Roy Acuff) takes over the county-wide Corby Ranch which, under the terms of the owner's will, must be operated by Roy for 90 days, and at the end of that time, family friend Doc Moffit (Harry "Pappy" Cheshire), must decide whether to turn over the ranch to Roy or the rough Corby boys, Roy's cousins Bruce "Kid" Corby (Russell Arms) and Joab (Jason Robards.) Corby foreman "Saddle Grease" (Guinn "Big Boy" Williams) tries to run Roy off the place, but eases off when Roy saves his life during a wild drive with a truckful of dynamite. Roy opens the range to migratory workers, discovers new water wells, tears down electric fences, cures ailing cattle, plays his fiddle, and treats the neighbors and kids with barbecues and and barn dances, where he plays his fiddle some more. Kid Corby gives Roy a beating, but is so ashamed of himself that he helps Roy from then on. Joab, working with a crooked lawyer, rigs a scheme to destroy Roy's reputation. The frame-up fails, but Roy returns the ranch to the now-reformed brothers and takes to the road again with his Smoky Mountain Boys.
An aging convict tries to keep his daughter from following in his footsteps.
A well-known judge has become a fugitive from the police, with a large reward on his head. A reporter believes that the judge is hiding in a private sanitarium, so she seeks out a private investigator and asks him to pretend to be insane, so that he can get inside the sanitarium and look for the judge. The investigator is admitted to the asylum, and encounters many dangers while trying to prove that the judge is there.
When a woman goes missing on the eve of her wedding, her fiancee hires a detective to track her down.
A businesswoman who wants to adopt a child must find a husband.
A Gypsy temptress seduces an innocent young officer, and then dumps him for another man.
An inept dentist must rescue his outlaw wife from the Indians.
Lassie helps a Scottish doctor deal with his patients' problems.
An English convict girl sent to the colonies gets mixed up in the war with the Indians.
While building a tunnel through the Andes, an engineer falls in love with his possessive boss's daughter.
A cattle-vs.-sheepman feud loses Connie Dickason her fiance, but gains her his ranch, which she determines to run alone in opposition to Frank Ivey, "boss" of the valley, whom her father Ben wanted her to marry. She hires recovering alcoholic Dave Nash as foreman and a crew of Ivey's enemies. Ivey fights back with violence and destruction, but Dave is determined to counter him legally... a feeling not shared by his associates. Connie's boast that, as a woman, she doesn't need guns proves justified, but plenty of gunplay results.
While on vacation, a criminal psychologist investigates a murder during a typhoid epidemic.
True story of the Manhattan Project and the race to build the atomic bomb.
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.
Gene Autry (Gene Autry) attempts to arrange that both the Indians and ranchers, scheduled to be driven from their land by Mesa City's mew aqueduct, benefit from the deal, which is opposed by town banker Mason (Ralph Morgan.) Mason stirs up the Indians against Gene but, with help from school teacher Carol (Jean Heather), Gene is able to expose Mason's schemes.
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.
Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy star as a husband and wife on America's frontier; farmers in a "sea of grass." The wife has an affair which produces a child, and she is ostracized from the community. Meanwhile, the farmers watch helplesslly as the sea of grass is exploited until it becomes a dustbowl.
A police detective uses his girlfriend to track down a homicidal maniac.
After finding religion, a cynical newspaperman tries to help young hoods.
A struggling lyricist befriends a composer''''s widow.
A farm girl signs on as governess in a gloomy mansion.
Private eye Philip Marlowe investigates a society girl's involvement in the murder of a pornographer.
Lee Preston, aka Leland Bruce (Robert Lowery) kills a man in self defense but flees to the redwood country when the law makes it a murder charge. There he meets Lynn O'Malley (Helen Gilbert), the niece of Sandy McTavish (William Farnum) who runs the trading post. Lee learns the reason why this is good trapping country is because the timber barons across the lake are ruthlessly cutting the trees and driving the animals across the river. The trappers appeal to him to take a petition to the Governor which would prohibit the timber people from coming to their side of the lake. At first, because he is a wanted man, he refuses but does so later for the sake of the people even though he knows it will lead to his arrest.
Aladdin tries to make his fortune with the help of a beautiful genie.
Dick is faced with a series of murders in which the victims all come from different social and economic backgrounds.
Two Russians fight to escape the seven Nazi soldiers trapped with them in a bombed building.
In this remake of The Petrified Forest, Nazi spies infiltrate a hotel in the American Southwest.
Oil-tanker Captain Manson rescues Kathie Hall after her ship is sunk by a U-boat. He marries her. When his ship is sunk and she is suspected because she has no identification. Manson tries to clear her of the charge and discovers that his first mate, Adamson, is a German agent.
A detective tries to stop whomever is murdering the jurors on a notorious murder case.
A guerilla leader falls in love with a mysterious woman in World War II Lisbon.
A grieving widower hires an assassin to kill him only to have his late wife turn up alive.
A Nazi officer on trial for war crimes thinks back on his past.
A French playboy gets serious when his country is threatened during World War II.
A soft-spoken school teacher tries to prove he''s not a Nazi collaborator.
A guerrilla resistance leader battles Nazi troops in German-occupied Yugoslavia.
An ex-thief helps some fellow ex-cons adjust to life as defense workers, only to get involved with a robbery investigation.
Small town Norwegians resist a Nazi takeover during World War II.
Another film made during WW II in which all the German-born actors, or actors with German-sounding names, changed their names for, to use a WW II expression, "the duration." Here Rudolph Anders chose to be billed as Robert O. Davis and Ludwig Donath opted for Louis Donath, even though they, and most of the other name-change actors of the day, always ended up playing Nazis anyway. This Columbia serial, made after Columbia serial producer Larry Darmour had died, thus making Ralph Cohn the credited producer, finds Police Lieutenant Dan Barton (Paul Kelly), ordered to contact and smash a mysterious Axis sabotage ring, arranging to have himself thrown off the police force in disgrace. He calls attention to himself by assaulting a high government official, the custodian of a newly-devised formula for the manufacture of synthetic rubber, in a faked "effort" to steal the formula. While under the "protection" of the saboteurs who are still suspicious of him, Dan learns that they have been ordered to capture the secret formula by a secret code, whose method of operation is in itself of vital military value. Escaping and disguising himself in a specially-made "Black Commando" suit of fire-proof material (with no Super-Hero powers beyond those possessed by his stunt double), he foils the first Nazi attempt. From that moment on, Barton plays a risky game of life and death; as a disgraced policeman, he becomes an accepted member of the gang and as the Black Commando, he fights them at every turn. And, in either role, he is a hunted fugitive, sought by both the Police and the Federal Government. With the aid and assistance of reporter Jean Ashley (Anne Nagel) and his police partner, Pat Flannagan (Clancy Cooper), Barton manages to round up the ring, locate its secret code and destroy the most serious sabotage effort ever planned by Hitler agents in America. Plus, at the end of every chapter, a series of lessons on code, written and directed by code expert Henry Lysing, was given, and a book called "The Secret C O D E Digest" (by Mr. Lysing) was on sale in the lobby for ten cents.
An outlaw and his brother are on opposite sides of a stagecoach robbery.
A disgraced pilot sets out to regain his son''''s respect.
The Western hero takes on a ruthless land baron whose henchmen killed his best friend.
Dr. John Meredith (Trevor Bardette) has been driven from civilization by the criminal activities of his twin brother Bradley Meredith (also Trevor Bardette). With his infant daughter, he settles in the African jungle, where his ability to cure the native ills has resulted in his virtual control of the Masamba tribes, who possess vast diamond mines coveted by a gang of crooks. They use Shamba (Frank Lackteen), a witch doctor jealous of Dr. Meredith's influence over the tribe, to further their schemes. They lure Dr. Meredith away from the jungle, and he is murdered by "Slick" Latimer (Gerald Mohr). The natives believe that a sacred amulet is the secret of Dr. Meredith's power, and Shamba attempts to kill Nyoka (Frances Gifford), Meredith's now-grown-up daughter, to obtain the amulet(which actually contains the secret to the entrance of the Caves of Nakros). Jack Stanton (Tom Neal) rescues her and assists her in her efforts to recover the amulet. Latimer works with Shamba, and with Bradley Meredith, who poses as his murdered-brother so successfully that even Nyoka does not realize the deception.
The Younger Brothers become outlaws to fight off carpetbaggers.
A beautiful ghost enlists a henpecked husband to track down her killer.
Marathon Pictures is stuck with Billy Doran (Darryl Hickman), Whiz Quiz radio show star but a flop in Hollywood. Ex-child star Tiny Barlow (Jackie Cooper) suggests that the studio remake "Skippy", the film that made him famous, with himself as coach for little Billy. A. J. Colder (Walter Abel), Marathon's Mighty Mogul, agrees. Joan Winslow (Susanna Foster), a contract player who has never had a part, is picked to replace balky Brenda Lee (Ann Gillis) in Marathon's monster musical of the year. Tiny poses as a big shot and takes credit for getting Joan the role. They are soon seen everywhere together as Tiny is taking advantage of her publicity build-up for his own gain, until he suddenly finds out he is in love with her and confesses his duplicity. This occurs when Colder has forbid Joan to see Tiny anymore, directing her to only be seen with important people who can help her career, and Tiny thinks it is because she has dumped him. He enters into a conspiracy with Brenda's agent, Mickey Fadden (John Gallaudet), to make Brenda give up her strike and accept the role Colder gave Joan. She does and Tiny is given the role of her leading man. But he is unhappy about what he has done in costing Joan her big chance, plus his old friend, Georgie Clemons (Jackie Searle) who used to play the mean kid in Tiny's films is also replaced. Faced with the taunts of the production crew because of what he helped engineer and broken hearted about Joan, Tiny walks out on the picture, climbs into his automobile and heads for parts unknown. Little Billy, who adores him, stows away in the luggage compartment. Billy, the high IQ kid, has devised a scheme to set everything right.
Stephen Westcott and Ed Martin scheme to put Jane Travers' wagon line out of business. They want to use it take over all the wagon- train traffic going west. Hoppy, California and Lucky must make sure that doesn't happen.
Rodeo rider Lank tries his hand at movie making. Spoiled established star Crystal throws tantrums, but after the rodeo she's easy for Lank to handle. It's the "Taming of the Shrew" Hollywood style.
A woman discovers her respectable husband is a notorious gangster.
Ranchers, with the help of Roy, raise money to build a reservoir but lose it to a gambler through a crooked stock deal. Songs include the title song, "Love Begins at Sunset on the Trail," "Lily of the Hillbilly Valley," "When Payday Rolls Around," and "Chant of the Wanderer."
With the gang business washed up, Ricky Dean (Lloyd Nolan), suave first lieutenant to racketeer Chink Moran (Sheldon Leonard), and Louie Lanzer (Albert Dekker), a has-been fighter with itchy fingers, decide to take a peaceful vacation in the country. They are followed by three hard-boiled characters, Fingers (Horace MacMahon), Ziggy (Edward Brophy) and Crusher (Warren Hymer). Ricky, thinking they are to be rubbed out for deserting Chink, who has been drafted into the Army, stops his car and confronts them. But they merely want to ask Ricky to be their new boss. He declines but promises to call them sometime if the need arises. They are speeding through a Connecticut village and are stopped by yokel Constable Sam Smedley (Olin Howlin as Olin Howland). Judge Paradise (Richard Carle), with his daughter Virginia (Constance Moore) as court clerk, fines them $5.00 each, plus $37 costs - or 30 days in jail. They, while waiting to hear from Jimmy's lawyer, are taken to the cells and are amazed to find the tumbledown jail wide open, with prisoners walking in and out. The door won't lock. The judge explains to Jimmy that Middle Village is unincorporated and broke, its sole income being traffic fines. The town's bonds, for everything from the houses to the village pump, are owned in New York. He also adds that anyone in jail in an unincorporated village is safe from the outside law - Federal,State and City. Ricky, fine paid, hustles back to New York and buys the town bonds for $40,000. Back in Middle Village, Ricky starts the ball rolling;he retains Judge Paradise, sends for Fingers, Ziggy and Crusher, and renovates the jail into a luxurious club. His lawyer then starts a stream of "customers on the lam" who pay $1000 a week for the comfort and protection of the Middle Village Jail. New fire chief Crusher, police chief Ziggy and the others board with Henrietta (Barbara Jo Allen), a maiden lady with aspirations of becoming a gun moll. She also startles them with her collection of wanted posters, their pictures among them. Louie and Henrietta fall for each other. Virginia, in love with Ricky, tries to talk him into doing big things for the town, such as reopening its one-and-only factory. Ricky agrees when the Army offers a defense contract for shell casings. Meanwhile, Chink has gotten out of the Army and buys Louie's half interest in Middle Village. He tells the "boys" they are suckers for letting Ricky spend the jail "take" on civic improvements and he plans to wreck the factory deal.
Republic, in pre-producion trade announcements, had John Wayne slated as the star of this film but cooler heads, once the script was read, realized that Wayne wasn't exactly the dual-role, twin brothers type. The film opens by establishing that, as young boys, David Cook (Wayne Hull) and twin brother Tom (Warren Hull (II) ) are poles apart in disposition and traits. When their father, (Trevor Bardette) dies, Tom goes to New Mexico to live with his Uncle Hardtack (George "Gabby" Hayes) while David remains behind to care for their mother (Virginia Brissac) . The grown Tom (Chester Morris) becomes an outlaw while brother David (Chester Morris) becomes a government lawman. David is charged with apprehending Tom and also two other renegades, Hardman (Guinn Williams) and Marsden (Douglas Fowley), both bitter enemies of Tom. Unable to arrest Tom in his home territory because he is in league with crooked sheriff McDaniels (Buck Jones, in his only Republic film and only villain role in what is considered the only black mark against Republic by hard-core western fans. They are correct, for that and other reasons seen as this one moves along...slowly.) Tom is lured home by a fake telegram telling him his mother is dying and put in jail. David, posing as Tom, goes to Mesa City, New Mexico and undertakes a campaign to obtain evidence to convict Hardman and Marsden. He persuades the latter to pool their interests in one gang, under his leadership. Tom had been romancing Phyllis O'Conover (Anita Louise), an entertainer at the Bonanza Cafe, and Phyllis' older sister, Julie (Ona Munson), has been working hard to break up the romance. David, posing as Tom, has to continue the pursuit of Phyllis, but finds himself falling in love with Julie. Julie learns Tom's real identity and agrees to marry him but Phyllis, thinking her sister is taking from her the man she believes to be Tom Cook, threatens suicide. The broken-hearted Julie urges David to marry Phyllis and David, much against his own desires, carries out Julie's wishes. (The mis-casting of Buck Jones isn't the only problem with this film.) Meanwhile, Hardman, Marsden and McDaniel have discovered David's real identity and plot to get rid of him. And in another meanwhile, Tom escapes, returns to town and, finding that Phyllis has married David, kills her for what seems to him to be her unfaithfulness, never mind that she thought David was Tom. Some days, a good girl just can't get a break. Tom and the other outlaws are lined up against David in a gun battle when Pima (Charles Stevens), Tom's Indian servant, who has long hated him for his cruelties, brings a large force of Indians to David's aid. Tom attempts to kill David, but Uncle Hardtack shoots him first. Some days, a bad guy just can't get a break either.
Buffalo Bill Cody tries to help a rancher protect a diamond mine on his property.
Oklahoma farmers dispossessed during the Depression fight for better lives in California.
A refugee must choose between the man she loves and the man who helped her father escape the Third Reich.
A Western sheriff takes on a Civil War renegade.
A rebel spy poses as a wild West dance hall girl.
A government agent infiltrates a prison island to build a case against its corrupt, sadistic warden.
A revolutionary leader romances a French aristocrat in Louisiana.
An exploration into the domestic and political life of this past president.
When Charlie attends a police convention in New York he learns of sabotage slowing down production in aircraft plants. He, of course, enters the case.
Romantic rivals get caught in the battle to stop abolitionist John Brown.
A cowboy sets out to avenge his father''''s lynching.
A novelist friend of Charlie's appears to have committed suicide. At the international Exposition held on San Francisco Bay's Treasure Island Charlie shows that Zodiac, a phony mystic who blackmails clients, is the culprit.
A football scout tries to get a legendary runner back into the game.
A man in prison on false charges escapes to save his family from a blackmailer.
A southern aristocrat clashes with a driver transporting stolen slaves to freedom.
A crusader returns to his Western hometown to root out corruption.
A tempestuous Southern belle's willfulness threatens to destroy all who care for her.
Hoppy and his friends Windy and Lucky are tricked into riding south of the border in answer to a fake summons. They discover that an old friend has been murdered and are aided in his capture by the killer's sister.
A lumberman takes on pirates out to plunder the forest.
A detective tries to solve a murder in a house full of suspects.
Hoppy goes undercover as an outlaw (which permits him, for once, to drink and be mean to children) to track down a bunch of outlaws operating along the border. Loco, the head bad guy, deflects suspicion from himself by pretending to be a moron.
French actors set out to deflate the ego of legendary stage star David Garrick.
A reporter risks lynching to prove that share croppers are being cheated.
Bigotry flares when a teacher is accused of killing a small-town girl in the South.
The story, set in the Old West, relates incidents in the growth of a town as seen through the eyes of Irene Frazier, the wife of the sheriff. In the pilot episode, the sheriff faces the wrath of a man who claims that his son, who was hanged, was innocent of a murder charge.
A cavalry officer is framed for a murder and seeks vengeance in this short film. Vitaphone Release 1327A.
In this short film, a sheriff and a U.S. marshal bring law and order to a frontier community terrorized by a gang and Native Americans. Vitaphone Release 1375A.
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