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Deadwood Dick (1940)

 -  Western  -  19 July 1940 (USA)
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Columbia's 11th serial (between "Terry and the Pirates" and "The Green Archer") and the first western serial that James W. Horne solo-directed. The standard one-man-to-a-hoss and nobody ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Donald Douglas ...
Lorna Gray ...
Anne Butler
Harry Harvey ...
Dave Miller
Marin Sais ...
Lane Chandler ...
Jack Ingram ...
Chief Henchman Buzz Ricketts
Charles King ...
Henchman Tex [Chs. 1-4, 6-9]
Ed Cassidy ...
Committeeman Tennison Drew
Robert Fiske ...
Committeeman Ashton [Chs.1-6]
Lee Shumway ...
Committeman Bentley


Columbia's 11th serial (between "Terry and the Pirates" and "The Green Archer") and the first western serial that James W. Horne solo-directed. The standard one-man-to-a-hoss and nobody walks rule of Westerns tended to cramp Horne's usual style of directing, in that he wasn't able to pour six or seven henchies into a four-door sedan and have them come tumbling out like the clowns at a circus, and the surprise with those familiar with his serials is that he didn't have all the henchmen riding around in a stagecoach or wagon. And, since they usually stayed on their horse, he was unable to have them rounding a corner on foot at an angle, freeze in surprise with their arms thrust over their heads, do a couple of takes and hot-foot it stage left for an alarmed feet-do-your-stuff exit. The character of "Deadwood Dick" in this serial is just a name that had a ring to it, was not intended to be based on the real-life "Deadwood Dick" in any manner, and those who delight in pointing out that ... Written by Les Adams <>

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Shooting his way through the season's most adventure-crammed Chapter Play! (original print ad) See more »




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19 July 1940 (USA)  »

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(15 episodes)

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(RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The story that the Deadwood Dick character in this serial was intended to be black but was played by a white actor to "appease" the studio executives is strictly an "urban legend". There was a real-life black cowboy known as Deadwood Dick, but this serial was based on a completely different figure, a fictional pulp hero named Deadwood Dick from turn-of-the-century dime novels. Hence, there was never any question of making the serial's Deadwood Dick black. See more »


Chapter 14: You can see the rope guiding the burning wagon. See more »

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Humor Laced Action Western
24 January 2001 | by (Columbus Ohio) – See all my reviews

Deadwood Dick is available from collectors at The Serial Squadron. It pits Deadwood Dick against the evil Skull in a fast paced western of 15 chapters. It features Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickock characters as well. This a very good effort from Columbia studios and is directed by Laurel and Hardy director James Horne. There is humor but it goes hand in hand with the action.

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