Rio Rattler


1935

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1935
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Reliable Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
State Rights; William Steiner
Country
United States

Synopsis

Tom Denton and his friend Soapy ride to the Crystal Palace bar, where Soapy is cheated out of his change by the waiter when he buys a drink. Tom comes to Soapy's aid, as does a stranger, Bob Adams, and the three men escape during the ensuing melee. They become instant friends and agree to meet later in the nearby town of Rio. As soon as Bob is out of sight, Tom and Soapy hear a rifle shot. They investigate and find Bob wounded. As Bob dies, he reveals that he is a Ranger and hands Tom his wallet. Meanwhile, in Rio, miner Jeff Davis is wounded and his gold is stolen. The man behind both shootings is Mason, whose henchman "Rattler" is Bob's murderer. Later Tom fights with the notorious Smith brothers and Bob's wallet falls out of his pocket. When Mason sees it, he assumes that Rattler shot the wrong man, but Bob's sister Mary arrives in town and informs Mason that Tom is not her brother. Mason plans to accuse Tom of Bob's murder, but Tom eludes him and explains the facts to Mary. Mason arranges to ambush Tom, but Soapy is killed instead. Rattler accidentally kills Mason and then one of the Smith brothers tricks him into a confession. In the ensuing shootout, Tom kills Rattler, and later Mary persuades him to stay on as Rio's sheriff.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1935
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Reliable Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
State Rights; William Steiner
Country
United States

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A news item that appeared in Film Daily while the film was in production reported that it was being directed by B. B. Ray, and modern sources indicate that Franklin Shamray, who is credited on screen as director, May have been a pseudomyn used by Ray. According to information contained in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library, an annotation on the stub of the Certificate issued by the MPAA reads "Cancelled." According to the file on the film, the certificate, which was tentatively issued, was withdrawn when a completed print of the film failed to be sent to the Hays Office for final verification. Modern sources give the release date as August 1935 and the running time as 58 min. Modern sources include Lane Chandler, Herman Hack, Jimmy Aubrey, Blackie Whiteford, Nelson McDowell, Tom Brower and Jack Evans in the cast.