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The Cowboy and the Bandit (1935)

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Bill travels to a new state after the outlaw Scarface saves him from a lynch mob. There he takes a job on the Barton ranch and joins in the fight against gang leader Larkin. Finding a ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Rex Lease ...
Bobby Nelson ...
Bobbie Barton
Blanche Mehaffey ...
Alice (as Janet Morgan)
Richard Alexander ...
Scarface (as Dick Alexander)
Adabelle Driver ...
Mother Barton (as Ada Belle Driver)
Bill Patton ...
Luke Short (as Bill Patten)
Hal Taliaferro ...
Chuck (as Wally Wales)
William Desmond ...
Sheriff Pete (as Bill Desmond)
Franklyn Farnum ...
Crooked Dealer
Art Mix ...


Bill travels to a new state after the outlaw Scarface saves him from a lynch mob. There he takes a job on the Barton ranch and joins in the fight against gang leader Larkin. Finding a wounded Scarface he helps him recover. Arrested by Larkin's stooge Sheriff, and with another lynch mob after him, he once again needs Scarface's help. Written by Maurice VanAuken <>

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A RANGE RIDER WESTERN (original poster and ads-all caps)


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3 April 1935 (USA)  »

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O cow-boy kai o syntrofos tou  »

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5 January 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Playing the title roles in The Cowboy And The Bandit are Rex Lease and Richard Alexander respectively. The film is an independent production and not a bad B western. I counted elements of The Westerner, The Sting, and Shane within the story of this film.

After Alexander saves Lease from a lynching on general principles Lease goes to work for Adabelle Driver and her son Bobby Nelson who are barely holding on to the ranch they have. A gang of outlaws runs the local town and they're making things rough for the two of them.

With the names of the classic films I've given you I think you can figure out a lot of the plot on your own without further information. The film is nicely paced and Lease sits the saddle well as a good cowboy hero. Sad this was not done at a major studio, The Cowboy And The Bandit had elements in it that could have turned it into a classic.

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