Universal's 19th sound-era serial (between "The Phantom of the Air" and "Perils of Pauline") and Buck Jones' first serial was an extended remake of Universal's 1932 "Flaming Guns" starring Tom Mix. Craig Reynolds (billed as Hugh Enfield and playing Ed Roberts) was not billed 4th in the cast as some source seems to think, but he was billed 2nd (to Evalyn Knapp) in Universal's next serial "Perils of Pauline" but under the screen-billing name of Robert Allen. That name, Robert Allen,appeared often in many films, with the most use belonging to Columbia contractee and western star Robert Allen.But, aside from him and Craig Reynolds'use of it in "The Perils of Pauline', it also appeared in the cast listing for three or more westerns produced/directed by Robert Emmett Tansey in the 1940's, and the players actually playing the role attributed to "Robert Allen" in the cast listing turned out to be director/actor Robert F.Hill once, John Tansey once and Lee Roberts once.Don't look here for any ... Written by
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Buck Jones is ideally cast in his first serial for Universal.
As the roving range detective, battling rustlers with a ghost town hideout, Buck Jones is ideally cast in the first of his four serials for Universal. Madge Bellamy is the feisty heroine and former silent serial stars, William Desmond and Walter Miller, provide excellent support as the crusty rancher and his sneaky foreman. Just about every chapter has Buck and Silver being chased by the bad guys or chasing after them and the plot is enlivened by the ghost town being inhabited by a mystery man. The best line in the movie must be when Buck is trussing up a rustler and says, "I'd rock you to sleep if I could find a rock!" If you like Buck Jones or Western serials, both are combined here to good effect.
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