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Deadwood Dick (1940)

Approved | | Western | 19 July 1940 (USA)
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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Buzz Ricketts - Chief Henchman
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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 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 <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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

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(15 episodes)

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(RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

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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 »

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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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