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Branded a Coward (1935)

Passed  -  Western  -  1 July 1935 (USA)
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Safely from behind some shrubbery, Johnny Hume, a boy of 6 or 7, witnesses the slaughter of his mother, father and brother by the guns of a gang led by "the Cat". Twenty years later finds ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Johnny Hume
Billie Seward ...
Ethel Carson
Syd Saylor ...
Lloyd Ingraham ...
Joe Carson
Lee Shumway ...
Tom Hume
Roger Williams ...
Henchman Tex
Frank McCarroll ...
Henchman Dick
Yakima Canutt ...
'The Cat' (original)
Mickey Rentschler ...
Young Johnny Hume
Rex Downing ...
Young Billy Hume


Safely from behind some shrubbery, Johnny Hume, a boy of 6 or 7, witnesses the slaughter of his mother, father and brother by the guns of a gang led by "the Cat". Twenty years later finds Johnny grown to manhood, an expert bronc rider and target shooter - but paralyzed with fearful memories in an actual gunfight. This is brought home to him when some outlaws stick up the local saloon and Johnny ends up cowering behind the bar. Accompanied by his sole pal, stuttering Oscar, Johnny hits the trail in shame. Along the way, he encounters a stage holdup and snaps out of his fear long enough to plug a couple of the highwaymen, chase the rest away, and wrest the runaway coach from a final thug. Aboard the coach is Ethel Carson, most grateful for Johnny's bravery. Johnny takes the stage on to Lawless, Arizona, where Ethel, the wounded stage driver and, worst of all, Oscar extol his prowess as a gunman. As a consequence, he's offered the job of marshal, which resurrects all his fears - until he... Written by Rich Wannen <>

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1 July 1935 (USA)  »

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Remade as Fast on the Draw (1950) See more »

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Hunting a tricky cat
16 September 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Johnny Mack Brown is the one that is Branded A Coward in this B western produced by a Poverty Row studio called Supreme Pictures. It's not really his fault, he sustained a great emotional trauma as a child, seeing his family massacred by an outlaw only known as 'The Cat'. When he grew up he became a trick shot artist, but when it comes to gunplay with targets that shoot back, Brown can't forget.

But when he and sidekick Syd Saylor spot a stagecoach holdup they take a hand in and save the gold shipment and Billie Seward. A grateful town makes him their marshal which Brown decides to accept after he hears that it was the Cat's gang that did the robbery and is operating in that area.

This is one unusual B western in that it breaks one parameter of a B western which I will not tell and it has a surprise ending as to who the identity of the mysterious Cat is.

I'd check this Johnny Mack Brown western out.

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