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Release Date:
16 February 1938 (USA) See more »
His trigger finger itches for action as he goes on a jaw-busting spree in the badlands of the west! (original poster) See more »
Tom Gray is sent to bring in a gang smuggling goods across the border. Posing as the wanted outlaw the Pecos Kid... See more » | Add synopsis »
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OK 30's B-Western See more (2 total) »


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Tom Keene ... Tom Gray Posing as the Pecos Kid

Eleanor Stewart ... Alice Banning

LeRoy Mason ... Duke Prescott

Walter Long ... Gang Leader Driscoll

Frank Campeau ... U. S. Marshal G. Masters
James Eagles ... Henchman Sammy (as Jimmy Eagles)

Harry Harvey ... U. S. Marshal Reed

Glenn Strange ... Sheriff Ed (as Glen Strange)

Ed Cassidy ... U. S. Marshal Jackson

Ernie Adams ... Henchman Nosey
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Victor Adamson ... Rustling Reporter (uncredited)

Jimmy Aubrey ... Mail Buggy Driver (uncredited)
Chuck Baldra ... (uncredited) (archive footage)

Buzz Barton ... Roulette Player (uncredited)

Richard Cramer ... Bartender Dick (uncredited)

Earl Dwire ... (uncredited) (archive footage)
Wylie Grant ... Deputy Wylie (uncredited)

George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Galloping Romeo footage (uncredited) (archive footage)

Tom London ... Towers (uncredited)

Jim Mason ... Henchman (uncredited)

Bud Osborne ... Henchman Spud (uncredited)

Tex Palmer ... Croupier (uncredited)
Frank Wayne ... Masters' Aide (uncredited)

John Wayne ... (uncredited) (archive footage)

Directed by
Robert F. Hill  (as Robert Hill)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Robert Emmett Tansey  story and screenplay (as Robert Emmett)

Produced by
Robert Emmett Tansey .... producer (as Robert Emmett)
Cinematography by
Bert Longenecker (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Howard Dillinger 
Art Direction by
E.R. Hickson 
Production Management
George E. Kann .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eddie Saeta .... assistant director
Herman E. Webber .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Glen Glenn .... sound
Yakima Canutt .... stunts (archive footage) (uncredited)
Fox O'Callahan .... stunts (uncredited)
Wally West .... stunts (uncredited)
Music Department
Abe Meyer .... musical director
Other crew
Scott R. Dunlap .... vice president in charge of production

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Additional Details

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51 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
UK:U | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #4057)

Did You Know?

This film was first telecast Tuesday 11 November 1941 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1); post-WWII viewers got their first look at it 1 June 1948 on WCBS (Channel 2).See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited from Galloping Romeo (1933)See more »


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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
OK 30's B-Western, 25 July 2001
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

An average B-Western, "The Painted Trail" has a stock plot and routine characters, but contains a reasonable amount of action, and the acting is not too bad. It stars Tom Keene as a US Marshall who tries to infiltrate a gang of smugglers and cattle rustlers, in an attempt to gather evidence about their activities. This idea wasn't even new in the 30's, and the story that follows is almost completely predictable after the first couple of scenes. Keene is likable enough (even if his acting is nothing special) to help make you want to see whether or not he can pull it off. There's not all that much here, but it's watchable for those who like Westerns of the era.

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