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The Silver Trail (1937)

Approved  |   |  Western  |  27 February 1937 (USA)
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A wandering cowboy attempts to locate a pal who has struck it rich in mining. When he gets to town, no one seems to have heard of the friend. Our hero learns the truth with the aid of a female bandit.


(as Raymond Samuels)


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Cast overview:
Rex Lease ...
Bob Crandall
Mary Russell ...
Molly Welburn, aka Mary Allen
Ed Cassidy ...
Frank Sheridan
Roger Williams ...
Sam Dunn
Steve Clark ...
Tom (scenes deleted)
Henchman Slug (as Slim Whittaker)
Oscar Gahan ...
Henchman Curt
James Sheridan ...
Henchman Tex (as Sherri Tansey)
Tom London ...
Rin Tin Tin Jr. ...


A wandering cowboy attempts to locate a pal who has struck it rich in mining. When he gets to town, no one seems to have heard of the friend. Our hero learns the truth with the aid of a female bandit.

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Release Date:

27 February 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Mina de Prata  »

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1.37 : 1
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The singer "Hank" was played by Goebel Leon Reeves, who was uncredited in the cast, but credited in the soundtrack. See more »


The sign outside Sheridan's land office is misspelled as "Bonanza Developement Company". See more »


[first lines]
Larry Moore: This is the richest paydirt I ever found, Rinty, and you're going to have the best feed in your life - and a new gold collar.
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Lonesome Cowboy
Sung by Goebel Leon Reeves
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Rex Lease and Rin-Tin-Tin Jr. in exciting b-western
2 October 2003 | by (south Texas USA) – See all my reviews

1937's THE SILVER TRAIL was one of the last leading-man roles for Rex Lease, who moved on to character roles for the rest of his prolific career. It was also one of the last productions of Reliable Pictures, an outfit run by Harry Webb and Bernard Ray, specializing in very low budget action films and westerns that managed to be fast moving and quite entertaining, using established B-stars such as Lease, Richard Talmadge, Jack Perrin, and Tom Tyler. Lease is paired with Rin-Tin-Tin Jr. here and seems to have a genuine rapport with dogs. The scene in the restaurant where he defends Rinty's honor and then has Rinty climb across the table to join him will warm the heart of any doglover. The plot is that old standby where a miner has hit a rich strike and tells an old friend to come join him, but when the friend arrives, the miner has disappeared along with all records of him and his mine. Near the beginning of the film, there is a character called "Hank",

presumably the brother of Lease's character, who is never seen again, but performs two nice old-time country songs in the Montana Slim/ Wilf Carter vein. This character is not listed on the cast list. Also unbilled is Snub Pollard, who plays the cashier/bartender at the place where the dog walks across the table. We also have the federal agent posing as a drunk and many other classic "archetypes" that give b-westerns like this their charm. Overall, it's a fast-moving, enjoyable little film that surely pleased the small-town and third-string theatre patrons it was made for, and Rex Lease has a special charm and warmth that can elevate any film. Rin Tin Tin Jr. also is deserving of merit. His biggest roles were in three Mascot serials of the early-mid 30s: The Wolf Dog with Frankie Darro; The Law of the Wild with Bob Custer and Ben Turpin; and The Adventures of Rex and Rinty with Kane Richmond. Unfortunately, Rinty is not in a lot of this film--his scenes probably add up to 15 minutes. Lease had previously worked opposite a canine in the excellent INSIDE INFORMATION from 1934, with Tarzan the Wonder Dog. If you ever get a chance to see any Reliable Pictures releases from 35-37 starring Lease, Talmadge, Tyler, or Perrin, do yourself a favor and check them out.

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