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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
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Pretty Bland Western, 26 October 2015
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

The Vanishing Riders (1935)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Sheriff Bill Jones (Bill Cody) has to shoot a man in the line of duty and afterwards noticing that the man's son Tim (Bill Cody, Jr.) is going to be an orphan. The Sheriff agrees to take the boy as his own and soon the two of them are investigating an old haunted mine where bad guy Wolf Larson (Wally Wales) is working.

THE VANISHING RIDERS is a pretty bad "C" Western from the days where these type of films were probably being released weekly. This one here manages to have a few interesting moments throughout but there are just way too many bad ones to keep this thing from being better known. As you can tell, this was mainly a film where Cody and his son could share the screen but sadly this here is one of the weakest aspects. The sugar-coated cute scenes are just annoying and come across more laughable than anything else.

The actual performances aren't anything too special either with both Cody's coming across rather bland. Wales doesn't make for much of a bad guy either but I will say Bud Buster gets a few funny lines as the sidekick. The one thing that does somewhat work are the horror elements including the various talks about the mine being haunted as well as the ending where we get a lot of characters dresses up as skeletons. Still, THE VANISHING RIDERS doesn't have enough going for it to make it worth viewing.

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