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George H. Plympton (screenplay)
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Release Date:
29 April 1938 (USA) See more »
Rangeland riders wrecked by the battlin'est cowboy of them all!
Ken and Happy, looking for their friend Cherokee, run into an outlaw gang led by Ritter who have been terrorizing the ranchers... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ken Maynard ... Ken Morton

Joan Barclay ... Peggy Radford
Billy Griffith ... Happy (as Bill Griffith)

Kenneth Harlan ... John Harper

Joseph W. Girard ... Jim Radford (as Joseph Girard)
Kenny Dix ... Lonesome

Glenn Strange ... Bull - Henchman (as Glen Strange)

Roger Williams ... Ritter - Henchman

Dave O'Brien ... Slade - Henchman
Walter Shumway ... Sheriff Blake (as Walter Shamway)

Budd Buster ... Cherokee Jake (as Bud Buster)

Lew Meehan ... Hank - Henchman
Tarzan ... Tarzan - Ken's Horse
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jim Corey ... Henchman Jack (uncredited)
Rube Dalroy ... Barfly (uncredited)

Jack Evans ... Barfly (uncredited)

Oscar Gahan ... Holt - Henchman Holt (uncredited)

Herman Hack ... Barfly (uncredited)
Carl Mathews ... Blackie - Henchman (uncredited)
Clyde McClary ... Drunk (uncredited)

George Morrell ... Rancher (uncredited)

Bud Osborne ... Pete - Henchman (uncredited)
Bud Pope ... Rancher (uncredited)

Wally West ... Rider (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert F. Hill  (as Robert Hill)
Writing credits
George H. Plympton (screenplay) (as George Plympton)

Produced by
Arthur Alexander .... producer
Max Alexander .... producer
Cinematography by
William Hyer 
Film Editing by
Charles Henkel Jr. 
Art Direction by
Fred Preble 
Production Management
Alfred Stern .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chuck Wasserman .... assistant director
Sound Department
Hans Weeren .... sound
Carl Mathews .... stunts (uncredited)
Bud Pope .... stunts (uncredited)
Wally West .... stunt double: Ken Maynard (uncredited)
Music Department
Bernard B. Brown .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Norman Spencer .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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57 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Sweden:Btl | USA:Approved (Certificate #4254) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Ken Maynard to the rescue!, 9 May 2006
Author: Steve Haynie from Easley, South Carolina

In Whirlwind Horseman Ken Maynard plays the hero, Ken Morton. Morton rides along with his sidekick, Happy (Billy Griffith), and sees a man in a wagon being chased by a gang of bad guys. Immediately Ken and Happy jump into action and fight off the gang. Ken learns that ranchers are being driven off of their land and ends up with a job to help fight the evil gang. This draws Ken and Happy into a situation that was none of their business, but Ken is looking for his partner, Cherokee (Budd Buster), who is supposed to be in the area. It turns out that Cherokee has discovered oil in the area, but no one knows where. That is why Cherokee is kidnapped and held until he discloses the location of his discovery. Not taking any chances, the bad guys are driving everyone from their land in order to take over once the location of the oil is discovered. Ken has to figure out who leads the gang and save his friend.

Whirlwind Horseman was standard for a low budget western. The story was hardly different from most other B westerns, but every element of this Grand National production was done right. Ken Maynard's star quality shined brightly in this movie. The role of the sidekick would have been a little better if Billy Griffith and Budd Buster had traded roles. As Happy, Bill Griffith was not old enough or silly enough to fall into the stereotyped sidekick persona. Budd Buster was not much older than either Griffith or Maynard, but he was able to play a scruffy looking character. Buster made the part of Cherokee interesting.

One of the better B westerns, Whirlwind Horseman is definitely worth an hour of your time.

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