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The Fighting Marshal (1931)

Passed  |   |  Action, Drama, Romance  |  25 November 1931 (USA)
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Tim Benton and Red Larkin escape from prison together before Tim learns he has been pardoned. His one desire is to return to Silver City and rob the mine payroll,which rightfully belongs to... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Dorothy Gulliver ...
Mary Carr ...
Aunt Emily
Matthew Betz ...
Red Larkin
Pat O'Malley ...
Deputy Ed Myers
Edward LeSaint ...
Warden Decker
Lafe McKee ...
Clint Wheeler
Anders Van Haden ...
Marshal Bob Dinsmore (as W.A. Howell)
Dick Dickinson ...
Bill Ainsley
Bob Perry ...
Joe Stevens
Harry Todd ...


Tim Benton and Red Larkin escape from prison together before Tim learns he has been pardoned. His one desire is to return to Silver City and rob the mine payroll,which rightfully belongs to him, and prove his innocence of the crime for which he was railroaded to prison. On their way to Silver City, Red, who is a desperate criminal, shoots a man who is on their trail, and who turns out to be the newly-appointed Sheriff whom none of the town citizens have met. Tim takes his clothes and credentials and proceeds on his way, not knowing he will be greeted as the lawman the town is expecting. . Written by Les Adams <>

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Tremendous drama of a man who broke jail to get the man who framed him! (original poster) See more »






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25 November 1931 (USA)  »

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Fighting Marshall  »

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One of over a hundred Columbia features, mostly Westerns, sold to Hygo Television Films in the 1950s, who marketed them under the name of Gail Pictures; opening credits were redesigned, with some titles misspelled, the credit order of the players rearranged, some names misspelled, and new end titles attached, thus eliminating any evidence of their Columbia roots. Apparently, the original material was not retained in most of the cases, and the films have survived, even in the Sony library, only with these haphazardly created replacement opening and end credits. See more »

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A Little Slow, but Not Without Interest
26 March 2014 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Red and Tim break jail and go on the lam. Tim (McCoy) was framed so he's really innocent of wrongdoing. Red, however, is a confirmed criminal and a meanie. Red kills a marshal, and Tim impersonates the lawman so he can better find the guys who framed him and also get a mine payroll that rightfully belongs to him. Naturally, trouble ensues.

Despite the jailbreak opening, the first part is pretty slow, even taking a couple minutes to show breakfast being prepared. The second part is where the action picks up, but the movie's as much plot as it is action. Director Lederman films with more imagination than usual for these oaters. One sequence is quite striking. Tim pushes Alice (Gulliver) in a swing so that she appears to be flying off the screen and into our laps. It's an early version of a 3-D effect, but without the 3-D. Anyway, McCoy plays an interesting non-clichéd hero, in the biggest white hat on screen. So there's no doubt he's really a good guy, even if he keeps Red around. All in all, the matinée special remains an antique, but not without its points of interest.

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