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Trail of the Vigilantes

Trail of the Vigilantes(1940)

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According to a news item in Hollywood Reporter, Ray Taylor worked as second unit director on location at Kernville, CA. Although the onscreen credits attribute original screenplay to Harold Shumate, Hollywood Reporter production charts list E. E. Paramore as screenwriter. Hollywood Reporter also notes that the film was shot on location in Sonora, CA. This was Franchot Tone's first film after he departed Hollywood for Broadway in 1939. Modern sources add Hank Bell to the cast and credit Richard Riedel as art director and director Allan Dwan as producer. In modern interviews, Dwan claimed that the picture started out to be a serious drama, but because of its weak dramatic structure, he turned it into a comedy.