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Release Date:
5 September 1932 (USA) See more »
A frontier newspaper editor Kirby battles outlaw Tiger Morris who is causing indian uprisings to drive... See more » | Add synopsis »
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If you love stock footage and wanna be Soviet montage..... See more (2 total) »


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Lon Chaney Jr. ... Tom Kirby, aka The Black Ghost (as Creighton Chaney)
Dorothy Gulliver ... Betty Halliday

Ralph Bushman ... Jeff Maitland (as Francis X. Bushman Jr.)
William Desmond ... General Custer (Ch. 1)
Joe Bonomo ... Henchman Joe

Pete Morrison ... Henchman Hank (as Peter Morrison)
LeRoy Mason ... Buck, chief henchman

Yakima Canutt ... Wild Bill (Ch's. 1 & 2) (as Yakina Canutt)
Mary Jo Desmond ... Aggie Kirby (as Mary Joe Desmond)
Slim Cole ... Uncle Happy (as King Cole)
Richard Neill ... Lige Morris
Judith Barrie ... Rose Maitland
Claude Payton ... Colonel Halliday
Ben Corbett ... Henchman Bad Ben (Ch's. 1 & 6) (as Benny Corbett)
Frank Lackteen ... Chief Pawnee Blood (as Frank Lachteen)
Fritzi Fern ... Mariah
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harriet Bennet ... Young Girl (uncredited)
Bob Burns ... Doctor (Ch. 9) (uncredited)
Fred Burns ... Fred (uncredited)
Barbara Bushman ... Young Girl (uncredited)
Tommy Coats ... Jake (Ch. 4) (uncredited)
Leo Cooper ... Rider (uncredited)
Jack Evans ... Henchman (Ch. 5) (uncredited)
Bill Nestell ... Scout Tex (Ch. 3) (uncredited)
Walt Robbins ... Rider (uncredited)
Ray Steel ... Rider (uncredited)
Thomas Storey ... Irishman (uncredited)
Blackjack Ward ... Miner (uncredited)
Wes Warner ... Miner (Ch's. 10 & 11) (uncredited)

Directed by
Spencer Gordon Bennet  (as Spencer Gordon Bennett)
Thomas Storey  (as Thomas L. Storey)
Writing credits
George H. Plympton (screenplay) (as George Plympton) and
Robert F. Hill (screenplay) and
Karl R. Coolidge (screenplay) (as Carl Coolidge)

Courtney Ryley Cooper (story) (as Courtney Riley Cooper)

Arthur Rohlsfel (dialogue)

Courtney Ryley Cooper  novel (uncredited)

Produced by
Fred McConnell .... producer (as Fred J. McConnell)
Cinematography by
Edward Snyder (photography)
Gilbert Warrenton (photography)
Film Editing by
Tom Malloy  (as Thomas Malloy)
Art Direction by
Elmer Sheeley  (as E.E. Sheeley)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Theodore Joos .... assistant director (uncredited)
Joe Bonomo .... stunts (uncredited)
Yakima Canutt .... stunt double: Lon Chaney, Jr. (uncredited)
Tommy Coats .... stunts (uncredited)
Ken Cooper .... stunts (uncredited)
Ben Corbett .... stunts (uncredited)
Francis Walker .... stunts (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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213 min (12 chapters)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Photophone System)
USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

Did You Know?

This is the only serial from RKO Radio Pictures.See more »
Miscellaneous: Joe Bonomo's character is the henchman named Joe but he is listed in the credits as playing Kit Gordon.See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited into The Black Ghost (1932)See more »


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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
If you love stock footage and wanna be Soviet montage....., 12 March 2006
Author: Mike-764 ( from Flushing, NY

Lige Morris is trying to start a range war between settlers and Indians in order to cash in on local gold claims (how original) and does so by using respectable townsman Jeff Maitland as his henchmen. Maitland tries to smuggle rifles to the Indians, but is thwarted by appearances by the Black Ghost, masked vigilante. The Black Ghost is in reality Tom Kirby, editor of the local paper. Helping Tom/Black Ghost is Betty Halliday, daughter of a calvary colonel, and Rose Maitland, Jeff's wife who is trying to keep their marriage a secret. The serial takes all 12 chapters and is still unable to establish much in the way of story and action. The cast is willing, but all of the performances come off as uninspired and listless. The editing here has more cuts at times than the Odessa Steps sequence in Battleship Potempkin, which here is probably meant to create suspense, but just blurs the eyes of the audience. Characters such as Custer, Col. Halliday, and others are listed high in the credits, but are just in the beginning and that's it. The serial obviously was only distributed by RKO, and it may have been a lot better if they took more of a hand in this. Rating, based on serials, 2.5

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