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The Cowboy and the Prizefighter

The Cowboy and the Prizefighter(1949)

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Brief Synopsis

In the fourth and last Red Ryder (following "Ride, Rider, Ride", "Roll, Thunder, Roll" and "The Fighting Redhead" in that order) of the Equity Pictures for Eagle-Lion distribution, filmed in Cinecolor, Red Ryder (Jim Bannon) takes Steve Stevenson (Don Haggerty), who has saved Red's life, to his ranch and gives him a job. Red's aunt, the Duchess (Marin Sais), knew Steve's father (Forrest Taylor), who supposedly committed suicide after losing his ranch betting on a prizefight. Steve refuses to believe that his father took his own life and the Duchess backs him up. On the way to town, Red, Steve, ranch hand Buckshot Blodgett (Emmett Lynn) and Red's young Indian pal, Little Beaver (Don Kay Reynolds as Little Brown Jug), break up an attempted stagecoach robbery. Mark Palmer (John Hart), the gambler who caused the death of Steve's father, is a passenger. In town, Steve meets Sue Evans (Karen Randle), who is going to work for saloon owner Bart Osborne (Marshall Reed). Palmer and Osborne are working together and want Ryder's ranch, and they develop a plan to have Red fight Palmer's pugilist, Bull Massoon (Lou Nova, former fighter who lost a heavyweight championship fight to Joe Louis in 1941, who has never lost in the "film" ring. Steve, a boxer in college, takes Red's place. Steve loses to Massoon, but before Red can determine whether it was a fair fight, a rider reports a robbery of the stage office. Red goes after the outlaws, and the gold is recovered. Red maneuvers a fight with Massoon, and beats him after Massoon drops a piece of lead pipe hidden in his hand. Palmer admits to having murdered Steve's father, and teve learns that Sue was forced to work for Osborne to pay off a debt owed by her brother.

Cast & Crew

Jim Bannon Red Ryder
Little Brown Jug Little Beaver
Emmett Lynn Buckskin Blodgett
Marin Sais Duchess
Don Haggerty Steve Stevenson
Karen Randle Sue Evans
John Hart Mark Palmer
Marshall Reed Bart Osborne
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Additional Details

MPAA Ratings:  Premiere Info:  not available
Release Date:  1949 Production Date:  EB-W
35mm nitrate; 7 reels of 7 (ca. 7000) +e Dec 93
Color/B&W:  Color (Cinecolor) Distributions Co:  Eagle-Lion Films, Inc.
Sound:  Mono Production Co:  Equity Pictures, Inc.
Duration(mins):  59-60 Country:  United States
Duration(feet):  5,338    
Duration(reels):  7    

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