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The Vanishing Riders -- Sheriff Bill Jones and his adopted son, Tim, deck themselves out in ghost makeup and skeleton rider outfits in order to take on a gang of outlaws in this spooky twist on a familiar western plot.


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3 July 1935 (USA) See more »
Sheriff Bill Jones, in the line of duty, kills outlaw Joe Land and adopts his young son, Tim. They come upon a former silver boomtown... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Bill Cody ... Bill Jones
Bill Cody Jr. ... Tim Lang
Ethel Jackson ... Joan Stanley
Hal Taliaferro ... Wolf Lawson (as Wally Wales)
Donald Reed ... Frank Stanley
Budd Buster ... Hiram McDuff
Roger Williams ... Joe Lang
Ace Cain ... Henchman Kentuck
Colin Chase ... Henchman Luke
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barney Beasley ... Henchman Peevers (uncredited)
Oscar Gahan ... Henchman (uncredited)
Milburn Morante ... Henchman Hank (uncredited)
Buck Morgan ... Henchman Red (uncredited)
Bud Pope ... Sheriff (uncredited)
Francis Walker ... Captured Outlaw (uncredited)
Bert Young ... Henchman Jed (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert F. Hill  (as Bob Hill)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Oliver Drake 

Produced by
Ray Kirkwood .... producer
Cinematography by
William Hyer  (as Bill Hyers)
Film Editing by
Holbrook N. Todd  (as Holbrook Todd)
Francis Walker .... stunts (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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58 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Not good even if it is somewhat original., 13 October 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

Although there are some interesting aspects to "The Vanishing Riders", exceptionally low production values doom this to the grade-C level at best. The film stars Bill Cody--and, oddly enough, that is his real name! You'd think his having the same name as Buffalo Bill Cody would have been the result of some studio, but according to IMDb that was his name. And, also interesting is that Cody's son, Bill Junior also stars in the film. However, apart from that there really isn't much to recommend this one. The reason is that it's not even good enough for most B-movies--coming from a tiny film studio and starring a bunch of folks who simply cannot act. The overall product is cheap, dull and uninspiring--with no incidental music nor money spent to make it look anything other than a cut-rate production. By the way, about seven minutes was trimmed from this one, though I doubt is anyone would care.

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