A marshal is sent to clean up a mining town being terrorized by an organized gang that is killing miners and stealing their claims.


(as Peter Stewart)


(story) (as Arthur Durlam), (screenplay)

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Cast overview:
Dorothy Short ...
Lou Fulton ...
'Lanky' Lint
Karl Hackett ...
Barney Bronson
Henchman Jack Trask
Henchman Hippo Potts
John Stoner
Sheriff Sam Dolan
Jeff Martin aka Lon Martin
The Mesa Kid (as Ken Duncan)
Trail Boss


The first Producers Releasing Corporation western as the first few 1939-40 entries (from the same production people) were made as Producers Pictures Corporation films distributed by Producers Distributing Corporation, and from this point on were Producers Releasing Corporation (P.R.C.) films also distributed by Producers Releasing Corporation. This one, actually the second film in this series with Tim McCoy following the inital PPC entry, finds that a bandit gang whose ranks include experts in claim-jumping, high-grading and other specialities, has created a reign of terror in Monument City, a Mexican border mining and cattle town. Saloon owner Barney Bronson (Karl Hackett, billed in the film, the posters and the pressbook as (a typo) Carl Hackett, leading some sources to think he actually used that as an AKA name) is suspected of being the ringleader but, behind Bronson, is the real leader, the local express agent, a traitor to the company which employs him. Sheriff Sam Dolan (Hal ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

15 June 1940 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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The earliest documented telecast of this film in the New York City area was Sunday 29 August 1948 on WATV (Channel 13), which broadcast from Newark, New Jersey, and was the first independent television station in the New York City market. In Los Angeles, television viewers got their first look at it Saturday 18 December 1948 on KFI-TV (Channel 9). See more »


Remade as Boot Hill Bandits (1942) See more »

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Pretty typical for a Tim McCoy film, but perhaps a bit more brutal
1 November 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Tim McCoy B-westerns are quite a bit different from a Gene Autry or Roy Rogers flick. Tim isn't quite so pretty and his films almost never include singing. And, more importantly, he occasionally does what Roy, Gene and the Lone Ranger rarely do--kills bad guys if necessary.

While the plot of "Frontier Crusader" isn't all that novel, even for a Tim McCoy film it's pretty violent. One scene in particular surprised me. Tim was having a good old fashioned fist fight with one baddie and when he hits him, the guy goes flying down a well to his death. A couple other times, he simply shoots the bad guys. To me, this is a major plus in the film--after all, heroes can't always shoot the guy out of a villain's hand! The plot involves a town where lawlessness abounds. The sheriff of Monument City calls for Tim Rand (McCoy) who comes to enforce order. But he doesn't plan on staying--that is, until a cute lady comes to town and Rand decides to stick around a bit. Aside from the actions of a few drunk rowdies, however, the real problem is a gang of evil bandits who jump claims, steal strongboxes and kill--all in secrecy. Rand at first thinks the bartender is behind all this--but the conspiracy goes a lot deeper.

Overall, a pretty good B-film. Despite being made for PRC (one of the crappiest little studios in Hollywood at the time), it's got some dandy action and a decent script. Well worth seeing.

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