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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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Hardly Worth Commenting On Or Being Viewed, 28 December 2007
Author: John W Chance ( from San Francisco, California

When Budd Buster (veteran of over 300 TV and movie westerns) says that the villain, Wolf Larsen, is "raising heck!" you can tell this one looks like it was made for children. If not, it must have been put together to follow P.T. Barnum's words of wisdom, "You'll never go broke underestimating the intelligence of the American Public." (Or was it Vince McMahon who said that?)

It's in the long line of ghost town / ghost cave / ghost rider cheapies so common in B westerns of the thirties and forties. But even that dignifies the movie too much. Nothing worthwhile here, except to see that the real star of the film, Bill Cody, Jr. (who must have been about 10 years old) can out act his father, Bill Cody, Sr., who is best known for starring in "the worst B movie western ever made." (Let's see if you can fnd it.)

The director, Robert Hill, is best known for directing 'Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars' (1938), felt by many to be the weakest of the three 'Flash Gordon' serials (though it features strong work by Charles Middleton as Ming the Merciless). In this one we see Hal Taliaferro (Wally Wales) featured prominently as the evil gang leader, but otherwise it's a double F: File and Forget. I generously give it a 2.

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