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The Lone Rider in Frontier Fury (1941)

Passed | | Western | 8 August 1941 (USA)
A cowboy is falsely accused of the murder of a local rancher.



(original screenplay)


Cast overview:
Fuzzy (as Al Fuzzy St. John)
Georgia Deering
Karl Hackett ...
Matt Malone
Case Murdock
Arch Hall Sr. ...
Clyde Barton (as Archie Hall)
Budd Buster ...
Loco - Ranch Hand
Virginia Card ...
Midge Malone
Mr. Harper - Cattle Rancher (as Ed Piel Sr.)
Rancher Jim Bowen
Curley - Saloon Henchman
Joe - Saloon Henchman


Having been framed and convicted of murder, Tom Cameron heads for Malone's saloon where wanted outlaws hang out. He learns Malone is after the ranch of the man he supposedly killed. When he tries to help the new owner he is captured by Malone's men who plan to hang him. Malone's daughter wants to get away from the saloon and hoping Tom will take her, gives him unexpected help. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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8 August 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rangeland Racket  »

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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 Wednesday 4 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, it was first seen by television viewers Sunday 27 February 1949 on KFI (Channel 9). See more »


Followed by Wild Horse Rustlers (1943) See more »


Down by the Old Alamo
Written by Johnny Lange and Lew Porter
Sung by George Houston
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"When I call a man a liar and a thief, I want to say it to his face."
21 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Interestingly, the synopsis for "Frontier Fury" on the Brentwood compilation of old Westerns describes the story for the 1943 film starring Charles Starrett. This movie's real title is "The Lone Rider in Frontier Fury", and it casts George Houston as the title character, going by the name of Tom Cameron. It was the fourth in a series of eleven Lone Rider films Houston did for Producers Releasing Corporation, all with Fuzzy St. John along as Tom Cameron's sidekick.

Poor production values, and especially a bad sound recording make this a largely forgettable film. The story itself has Cameron trying to clear his name of a murder committed at the beginning of the movie, when rancher Jim Bowen is shot in the back, about to reveal the identity of the man responsible for causing disagreement among his fellow ranchers. Off screen, Cameron had been tried and sent to jail after being framed. Having broken out, he's back to find the real killer. Why the law doesn't arrest him once again is never dealt with and is a major plot hole, one I wondered about throughout the film.

If you need a reason to tune in, there are a few I can offer. The female lead is portrayed by Hillary Brooke who a dozen years later became a regular on "The Abbott and Costello Show". However there's another significant female character, a rarity in 'B' Westerns, played by Virginia Card. Her character is Midge Malone, daughter of one of the story's villains. Even rarer though is the fact that she winds up taking a bullet and dying when the good guys and bad guys mix it up.

Fuzzy St. John, always good for a comic turn in his appearances doesn't have much to do in this one. He's a stand up guy for Tom Cameron and comes riding to the rescue when it's required, but otherwise has a rather nondescript role.

For his part, George Houston seems rather stiff in his portrayal as The Lone Rider. In between action scenes he lends his voice to a couple of musical numbers. Once you've seen him, you won't forget that wild shirt he wears with the huge storm flap. Houston's white horse is 'Lightning', though I don't recall the name being used in this picture. All of Houston's Lone Rider films were made in 1941/42, and when he left the series, Robert Livingston took up the reins for another six films, starting as Tom, but winding up as Rocky Cameron.

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