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Deadwood Dick (1940)

Approved  |   |  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 ...
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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The old West's hero of the most blood-chilling Chapter-Play ever to thunder out of the bullet-streaked past! (original poster) See more »




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19 July 1940 (USA)  »

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(15 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Chapter Titles: (1) A Wild West Empire (2) Who Is the Skull (3) Pirates of the Plains (4) The Skull Baits a Trap (5) Win, Lose or Draw (6) Buried Alive (7) The Chariot of Doom (8) The Secret of Number Ten (9) The Fatal Warning (10) Framed for Murder (11) The Bucket of Death (12) A Race Against Time (13) The Arsenal of Revolt (14) Holding the Fort (15) The Deadwood Express See more »


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

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Seen long ago, as a boy - western movie fan.
3 April 1999 | by (Miami, Fl) – See all my reviews

Details of the film are sketchy as it was viewed in the early forties - a Saturday afternoon matinee. The character Deadwood Dick intrigued me for his horsemanship (flying mounts) and the fact that he wore a full, black face mask when chasing the evildoers. I hoped for more of Deadwood Dick, but never saw him again.

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