The Red Rider (1934)

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"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, first billed only:
'Silent' Slade
Marion Shilling ...
Marie Maxwell
Jim Breen
Richard Cramer ...
Joe Portos
Margaret La Marr ...
Joan McKee (as Margaret La Mar)
Charles K. French ...
Robert Maxwell (as Charles French)
Edmund Cobb ...
Johnny Snow
J.P. McGowan ...
Scotty McKee [Chs. 1, 15]
William Desmond ...
Sheriff Campbell
John Merton ...
Banty [Ch. 1] (as Mert LaVarre)
Frank Rice ...
Deputy Harp Harris [Chs. 1-2, 15]
Monte Montague ...
Al Abel, Portos Henchman (as Monty Montague)
Jim Thorpe ...
Bill Abel, Portos Henchman
Jim Corey ...
Berg - Breen Henchman


"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 <>

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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 »


Remake of The Range Feud (1931) See more »

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Buck Jones and Silver maintain law and order on Universal's ranch and back lot.

The second of Buck Jones' five serials for Universal, and the 23rd of Universal's sound era films, falling between "The Vanishing Shadow" and "Tailspin Tommy." This one is primarily about the efforts of lawman "Red" Davidson(Buck Jones)to save his friend "Silent" Slade (Grant Withers)from being hanged for a crime he didn't commit. It has the usual cliff-hanger endings and is padded far beyond the limits of W.C. Tuttle's original pulp-magazine story, "The Redhead from Sun Dog", in order to get 15 chapters out of what is basically a 60-minute feature-length plot. But, being based on a story by one of the better western writers of the era, it is also filled with fleshed-out characters far from the one-dimension type found in most serials of the time, and not at all in those of the 40's and 50's.

Both Jones and Withers are furnished with love interests---the lovely Marion Shilling as "Marie Maxwell" for Jones, and Margaret La Marr as "Joan McKee" for Withers,whose second-lead (and 2nd-billed)role is close to that, in importance, of the role played by Jones.

As usual, with Universal and (sometimes) Columbia serials, this one is more episodic in nature--- new plot lines get resolved within the basic plot--than those made by Republic. The latter made the best in terms of action, stunts, photography, special effects and over-all "look" of the total serial but, aside from the first and concluding chapter, everything that came in the in-between chapters looked the same.

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