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Lightnin' Bill Carson (1936)

 -  Western  -  15 April 1936 (USA)
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A lawman captures the notorious "Pecos Kid", who is tried and hanged for his crimes--then starts to have doubts as to whether the Kid actually committed the crimes.



(original story) (as Arthur Durlan)
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Complete credited cast:
Lois January ...
Rex Lease ...
Pecos Kid
Harry Worth ...
'Silent'Tom Rand
Karl Hackett ...
John Merton ...
Joseph W. Girard ...
John Mount (as Joseph Girard)
Lafe McKee ...


When Stone's men rob the stage, Deputy Bates catches Breed Hawkins only to be killed by him. Stone makes a drunken Pecos Kid think he did it. Bill Carson gets a confession that Breed was the killer but it comes too late as the Sheriff and his posse had already hung the Kid. When the Kid's brother takes revenge by killing the posse and the Sheriff, Bill heads out to face him. Written by Maurice VanAuken <>

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A Thunderbolt Of Western Thrills!




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15 April 1936 (USA)  »

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Following Breed Hawkins tearing the letter meant for Carson in half and discarding it, Pecos Kid rides over directly to one piece of paper. In the next shot he is leading his horse on foot to the paper and despite the other half only being a few feet away, he completely ignores it. See more »


Followed by Lightning Carson Rides Again (1938) See more »

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Confused plot with too little action
24 November 2010 | by (london) – See all my reviews

I rather wonder what the audience would have made of this went it was originally released.Given that the main audience of these type of films would be children how would they have dealt with the confused and almost unintelligible plot,the lack of action,the funereal pace and the downbeat ending.I am grateful for the other review to confirm that i was not going mad and that the story was totally confusing.Tim McCoy was clearly a big name at one time but by the time this film was made,one of 8 in that year,he was clearly showing his age.The last 20 minutes with the lynching ,the vengeance of the brother and his virtual suicide in the gun fight at the finale are more reminiscent of "The Ox Bow Incident" than a standard B movie.Also i would mention that the brother appears to be badly wounded in the 3rd killing but the only problem it seems is the hole it made in his jacket.Not a film worth viewing.

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