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 ...
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Columbia's 12th serial of 57 total (following 1940's "Deadwood Dick" and ahead of 1941's "White Eagle") is another of director's James Horne's "classics" where he evidently figured that the... See full summary »
The Hawk has broken out of prison and the Sheriff and Sorrenson have a plan to have Whitlock pose as the Hawk, infiltrate the gang, and recover the stolen bonds. All goes well until The Chief who knows the real Hawk arrives.
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
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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 »
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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