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The Traitor (1936)

Approved | | Western | 29 August 1936 (USA)
To prevent a lynching, Ranger Tim lets two outlaws go saying he will get them later. This gets him kicked out of the Rangers and he goes across the border and joins Big George's gang who ... See full summary »

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(novel) (as John Neville), (screenplay) (as Joe O'Donnell)
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Mary Allen
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Jimmy Allen aka The Texas Kid
Pedro Regas ...
Pedro Moreno
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Big George (as Frank Glendon)
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Texas Ranger Captain John Hughes (as Carl Hackett)
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Henchman Morgan
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Plainview Sheriff Lem
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To prevent a lynching, Ranger Tim lets two outlaws go saying he will get them later. This gets him kicked out of the Rangers and he goes across the border and joins Big George's gang who are running contraband. But the outlaw Jimmy overhears Tim tell his sister that the dismissal was a fake. Big George and his gang then go after Tim and trap him in a cabin. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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HE OUTSHOOTS, OUTFIGHTS AND OUTGAMES A KILLER CREW! See more »

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Western

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29 August 1936 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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This film's earliest documented telecasts occurred in Los Angeles Tuesday 16 March 1948 on KTLA (Channel 5), and in the New York City area Thursday 11 November 1948 on WATV (Channel 13). See more »

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Another fun outing from Tim McCoy.
17 August 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I have a hard time putting it into exact words, but of all the B-movie western stars of the 30s and 40s, Tim McCoy is among my favorites. Part of this reason is easy--he DIDN'T sing! Part of it also was because he wasn't a pretty-boy--more like a real guy. And, it didn't hurt that he was in reality an amazing shot--traveling the country putting on shooting exhibitions as well as serving as a Colonel in the US Army.

"The Traitor" has a rather familiar plot since it finds McCoy playing a US Marshall. In this case, he's in a bind--he's been sent to stop a lynch mob but in the process he ended up freeing the prisoners--two men wanted for murder. When he returns to headquarters, he's fired for freeing the guys. Not at all surprisingly, this is a ruse--allowing Tim to go undercover--something he did in most of his films. What happens next? See for yourself.

While this film is pretty familiar, it is well done--particularly when you consider that it's a low-budget film from a so-called 'Poverty Row Studio'. As usual, entertaining.


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