"Red" Davison(Buck Jones), the sheriff of Sun Dog, sacrifices his job and his good name to save his best friend, "Silent" Slade from the hangman's noose, following a framed-up court ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
'Silent' Slade
Marion Shilling ...
Marie Maxwell
Jim Breen
Richard Cramer ...
Joe Portos
Silver ...
Silver - 'Red's' Horse
Charles K. French ...
Robert Maxwell (as Charles French)
Margaret La Marr ...
Joan McKee (as Margaret La Mar)
Johnny Snow
Monte Montague ...
Al Abel, Portos Henchman (as Monty Montague)
Jim Thorpe ...
Bill Abel, Portos Henchman
William Desmond ...
Sheriff Campbell
J. Frank Glendon ...
Attorney (chap 2, 15) (as Frank Glendon)


"Red" Davison(Buck Jones), the sheriff of Sun Dog, sacrifices his job and his good name to save his best friend, "Silent" Slade from the hangman's noose, following a framed-up court decision which sentences Slade to hang for the murder of "Scotty McKee (J.P. McGowan). Davidson allows Slade to escape from jail and follows him to aid him in proving his innocence. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

16 July 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Präriereiter  »

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(15 chapters)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Chapter Titles:
  • 1. Sentenced To Die

  • 2. A Leap For Life

  • 3. The Night Attack

  • 4. A Treacherous Ambush

  • 5. Trapped

  • 6. The Brink of Death

  • 7. The Fatal Plunge

  • 8. The Stampede

  • 9. The Posse Rides

  • 10.The Avenging Trail

  • 11.The Lost Diamonds

  • 12.Double Trouble

  • 13.The Night Raiders

  • 14.In the Enemies Hideout

  • 15.Brought to Justice

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Chapter nine: As the ranch hands are turning the cattle around, you can briefly see the tracks of the camera truck. See more »


'Red' Davidson: Repeated statement: "guess it's because of my red hair".
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Remake of The Range Feud (1931) See more »

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Serial Review
3 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of the better Universal western serials with a strong cast. Jones plays a sheriff whose friend played by Grant Withers,is wrongfully framed for murder. Jones lets Withers escape,resigns from his job and goes to assist in finding the real killer .Lots of fast action and plausible cliff hangers. Edmund Cobb is very good as Jones pal. Walter Miller is outstanding as the head heavy. Lew Landers directs.Red Rider is unusual in that it spends much of its time developing the characters. Jones is perfect as the easy going hero.Fifteen chapters of exciting western action.Jones was a well known western star and the Universals showcased his talent.There's a bit of everything here that a serial lover would want.Comedy, drama and most of all,hard riding action is combined to make The Red Rider a most enjoyable chapterplay. Eight stars out of ten.

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