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Code of the Cactus (1939)

Approved | | Western | 25 February 1939 (USA)
When Blackton outbids Bill Carson. Bill suspects he will have to rustle cattle to fulfill the contract. So Bill arrives posing as an Mexican. When he rustles the cattle from the rustlers, ... See full summary »

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Bob Swane
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Blackton
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When Blackton outbids Bill Carson. Bill suspects he will have to rustle cattle to fulfill the contract. So Bill arrives posing as an Mexican. When he rustles the cattle from the rustlers, it gets him into the gang. Hoping to bring them all to justice, he is in trouble when his true identity is revealed. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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AN ACTION THRILLER! (original print ad-all caps)

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The earliest documented telecast of this film in the New York City area occurred Saturday 17 June 1944 on pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1); on the West Coast it first aired in Los Angeles Saturday 5 November 1949 on KFI (Channel 9). See more »

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Lefty, gang truck driver: You know, Jake, back in Chicago I never thought I'd be punchin' cattle... mostly belongin' to other people.
Jake, gang truck shotgun: Yeah, usin' trucks for rustlin' is the latest thing.
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Featured in Cowboy Legends: 50 Movie MegaPack (2016) See more »

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Across The Boundary Line
Written by Johnny Lange and Lew Porter
Sung by Art Davis
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Truck Rustlers
20 April 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

A poverty row outfit called Victory Pictures brings us Code Of The Cactus which true B western tradition has a title with nothing whatsoever to do with the film. Bette Davis in The Bride Came COD did more with cactus than this film did.

Code Of The Cactus is a modern day western where as they say cattle rustling has gone comparatively modern with the rustlers using trucks to take their stolen cattle. You have to keep up with the times, but the people in the west have the same code to deal with varmints caught rustling, string them up with out a trial.

Despite these draconian threats the rustlers operate with impunity so Tim McCoy better known as Lightnin' Bill Carson comes to the rescue. He's got a draw faster than Gene Wilder's in Blazing Saddles and McCoy handles the part the same way, very tongue in cheek.

But what really raises this horse opera a notch or two above the run of the mill ones is McCoy's droll way with this part as he uses a disguise as a Mexican fast draw artist and amiable thief. I think he might have studied Gilbert Roland in how to play the role.

Check this one out for sure, you won't be disappointed.


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