The Black Bandit


58m 1938

Brief Synopsis

Twin brothers Bob and Don Ramsay are on opposite sides of the law. Bob is the Sheriff and Don is the famous outlaw the Black Bandit. When the Black Bandit strikes, he is seen and his look-alike brother Bob arrested. Refusing to implicate his brother, Bob escapes and heads after Don.

Film Details

Release Date
Sep 16, 1938
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
58m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6 reels

Synopsis

Bob and Don Ramsay, twin sons of a Western cattleman, look alike, but where Bob is kind and good-natured, Don is jealous and bad-tempered. When he is twelve, Bob captures a pair of wild twin colts while riding with his father. Don, who had refused to make the ride, is mad because Bob gives him the pinto colt instead of the black one. A few nights later, Don steals the black colt and runs away from home. Years later, Bob is appointed sheriff of his district while Don, known as the Black Bandit, becomes a cattle rustler. Bob heads up a posse to track down the Black Bandit, unaware he is looking for his twin brother. When he learns the identity of the Black Bandit, however, he hopes to talk Don into "going straight." Don escapes his captors and because of his resemblance to the bandit, Bob is eventually charged with the Don's crimes. Under cover of night, Bob escapes and sets out to capture Don and clear his name in the eyes of the community and his sweetheart, Jane Allen. Bob finds Don when his pinto is attracted by the neighing of its twin, the black horse. In a fistfight, Bob overcomes his brother and exchanges clothes. Meanwhile, Jane has found a picture of Bob and Don as boys in a Bible belonging to Bob's friend, Weepy, and understands what has been happening. Pretending to be the Black Bandit, Bob rounds up the rest of the gang. Don is killed in the ensuing gun battle, but is reconciled with his brother before he dies.

Film Details

Release Date
Sep 16, 1938
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
58m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6 reels

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Notes

Although a print of this film was not viewed, the above credits and plot summary were taken from a studio cutting continuity. The film was re-issued in 1950 by Realart.