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Coyote Trails (1935)

Tom Riley and sidekick Windy arrive at the Baker ranch where horses are being rustled. It appears the culprit is a wild horse, but Tom catches and rides the horse which leads to trouble with the real rustlers.


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Complete credited cast:
Mack Larkin (as Dick Alexander)
Bert (as Charles Whitaker)
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The horse herds of rancher John Baker are being rustled by his neighbor, Mack Larkin who is working with Baker's foreman Bert. "Phantom" (the original "Starlight"), a wild stallion, is blamed for inducing the horses to run away. Baker puts a price on the head of the stallion. Wandering cowhand Tom Riley, with his sidekick Windy, feels the horse isn't to blame and talks Baker into giving him two days to capture and break the horse. Despite the handicaps thrown in his path by Larkin, Riley manages to capture "Phantom.". The horse leads him to a hidden valley where Larkin keeps the rustled stock. Aided by Windy and Bert, who has a change of heart, after learning that Larkin his been double-crossing him, Tom is able to capture the rustler and his gang, and "Phantom" is turned loose to resume his free ways. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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1 February 1935 (USA)  »

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This film is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-1946. Because of poor documentation (feature films were often not identified by title in conventional sources) no record has yet been found of its initial television broadcast. Its earliest documented Post-WWII telecasts took place in Los Angeles Sunday 8 May 1949 on KTSL (Channel 2), in Binghamton NY Sunday 4 December 1949 on WNBF (Channel 12), and in Salt Lake City Wednesday 5 July 1950 on KDYL (Channel 4). See more »


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Not bad but a but limp now and then.
10 November 2012 | by See all my reviews

"Coyote Trails" is a remake of "Phantom of the Desert". It also has a lot in common with a silent western, "King of the Wild Horses". So, the film might seem a bit familiar.

As far as the story goes, though familiar, it's rather enjoyable. A group of horse thieves are blaming the loss of horses on a wild stallion that is supposedly leading the other horses away. However, the horse is innocent and is slated to be shot unless Tyler can manage to catch the thing. In the process, he and his partner, Windy, learn more about the real reason for all the horse disappearances.

The film stars Tom Tyler--a champion weightlifter turned actor in the late 1920s. While he isn't exactly a household name, Tyler starred in quite a few B-westerns as well as played the title character in the serial "The Adventures of Captain Marvel". I noticed another reviewer felt Tyler had real star quality. I thought he was very handsome and capable with the horses--but also a bit wooden. In addition, he and the rest of the actors could have used some lessons on how to stage fights, as they looked more like they were wrestling than fighting! This is especially true at the 36 minute mark! Even more lame is the scene where Tyler and another guy are trying to break down a door. You can really tell that this was NOT a western from one of the better production companies! All in all, not terrible but not exactly inspired either. A time passer at best.

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