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Mark of the Spur (1932)

A young ranch foreman, Bud Drake aka The Kid, is wrongfully arrested for the theft of six-thousand dollars from ranch-owner "Hardshell" Beckett. He escapes and with the aid of Beckett's adopted daughter, Alice, sets out to clear his name.



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Complete credited cast:
Alice - Beckett's Adopted Daughter
John Beckett
'Hardshell' Beckett
Adabelle Driver ...
Mrs. Beckett
Sheriff Jake Ludlow (as Franklin Farnum)
Butch - Henchman
Buzzard - Henchman
Deputy Sleepy


The Kid takes a job on Beckett's ranch just as Beckett's long departed wife and son John return. The Kid makes enemies of Butch and Buzzard who join up with John. The three then rob Beckett and stab him with the Kid's knife. But Alice finds spur marks on her fathers body and goes looking for the matching spur. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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A RIP-SNORTING SAGA OF THE WILD AND WOOLY WEST! (original print ad - all caps) See more »






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10 February 1932 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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Custer meanders through this one
2 January 2012 | by (Rego Park, NY) – See all my reviews

Young man decides to get a job as a riding boss on a ranch run by rough tough Hardshell Beckett (played by 1000 year old Lafe McKee) but the real boss of the ranch seems to be Beckett's adopted daughter Alice, who the kid tries to romance. When the kid arrives, so does Beckett's ex- wife and long lost son, whom Beckett suspects of trying to take over the ranch. Finding out that the kid might be a wanted outlaw, Beckett's son (along w/ two ranch hands that don't approve of their new riding boss) frames the kid for robbing Beckett's safe and stabbing the old man. How can the kid save himself and what secret is Beckett's ex hiding?

Custer, who has little acting ability to begin with, tries to go the Hoot Gibson route and play the likable kid in the modern west. Unfortunately, he is still not believable in the role. Lillian Rich seems to highbrow to appear in this below the barrel affair, but she does give some effort and is probably the only good thing in the film. Action is kept to a minimum and everything wraps up just as you would expect it to. Funny thing is that every B-western Lafe McKee played the father of a young girl, she was always in her late teens, here we believe that his son in George Cheseboro, who was in his mid 40's at this point.

Rating, 2 out of 10.

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