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Rocky Mountain Mystery (1935)

Passed  -  Western | Mystery  -  1 March 1935 (USA)
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A mining engineer teams up with a crusty deputy sheriff to solve the mystery killings at an old mine where the owner's family waits for him to die, and where a valuable radium strike may ... See full summary »

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Charles 'Chic' Sale ...
Tex Murdock
Mrs. Leslie Carter ...
Mrs. Borg
George F. Marion ...
Jim Ballard (as George Marion Sr.)
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Rita Ballard
Florence Roberts ...
Mrs. Ballard
Kathleen Burke ...
Flora Ballard
Howard Wilson ...
Fritz Ballard
Willie Fung ...
Ling Yat
James Eagles ...
John Borg (as James C. Eagles)
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Larry Sutton
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A mining engineer teams up with a crusty deputy sheriff to solve the mystery killings at an old mine where the owner's family waits for him to die, and where a valuable radium strike may have been made. Written by Rick Johnson <rickdjohnson@seanet.com>

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1 March 1935 (USA)  »

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The Vanishing Pioneer  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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Deputy Tex Murdock: Be sure that somebody don't talk you into paroling that gang. Especially that Chinaman! He made a lot of threats against me if I had only understood 'em.
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Great Early Randolph Scott
3 August 2009 | by (The Lonesome Prairie) – See all my reviews

Rocky Mountain Mystery exists in that parallel universe where the old west never really ended but continued on well into the nineteen-thirties and forties, usually inhabited by Gene Autry, Roy Rodgers, Tex Ritter, and sometimes even a very young John Wayne.

The characters ride horses, use oil lamps to light their way, and seemingly live a frontier existence under territorial law, all with six-guns on their hips. The viewer either forgets or is unaware that this is supposed to take place in modern times when suddenly the cowboys encounter modern cars, telephones, radio, and electricity. I sometimes wonder if the depression era children who were the films' main audience actually believed the west was really like this.

This is an above average B-western and a great example of what modern experts are calling "horror western" due to their odd plots and sadistic mystery villains. I prefer to call them mystery or suspense westerns.

Rocky Mountain Mystery effectively mixes an Old Dark House plot with frontier themes. It's not as chilling as I'd like but it does have a creepy fiend dressed in black complete with gloves, hat, and cape; a killer that prefers to crush heads in a hydraulic press but isn't afraid to menace a pretty girl with a straight razor either! The ending is quite surprising and well plotted.


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