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Riding the Sunset Trail (1941)

Passed  -  Action | Adventure | Western  -  31 October 1941 (USA)
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Jay Lynch, the half-brother of rancher Jim Dawson, schemes with Dawson's crooked lawyer, Jasper Raines, to take over Dawson's ranch. Lynch has his henchmen, "Bronco" West and "Drifter" ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Tom Keene ...
Frank Yaconelli ...
Betty Miles ...
Betty Dawson
Slim Andrews ...
Lawyer Jasper Raines
Sugar Dawn ...
Sugar Dawson
Kenne Duncan ...
Jay Lynch (as Ken Duncan)
Tom Seidel ...
Henchman Bronco West
James Sheridan ...
Henchman Rip Carson
Earl Douglas ...
Henchman Drifter Smith (as Earle Douglas)
Tom London ...
Sheriff Hays
Gene Alsace ...
'Pecos' Dean,
Fred Hoose ...
Judge Little
Rusty the Horse ...
Tom's Horse (as Rusty the Wonder Horse)
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Jay Lynch, the half-brother of rancher Jim Dawson, schemes with Dawson's crooked lawyer, Jasper Raines, to take over Dawson's ranch. Lynch has his henchmen, "Bronco" West and "Drifter" Smith kill Dawson, but Dawson is only wounded and found and hidden away by cattle-association detectives Tom Sterling and his sidekick, Lopez Mendoza. Lynch then shows up at the Dawson ranch with a forged will, leaving him the ranch, with intent to evict Dawson's daughters, Betty and Sugar, but Sterling and Mendoza intervene. Lynch then hires gunman "Pecos" Dean to ambush and kill Sterling but Dean turns out to be a crook that has reformed. Sterling, aided by Judge Little and Sheriff Hays and the return of the supposedly-dead man, puts an end to Lynch's plan. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Tom hits a new high for furious thrills in this bullet-splashed story of a fearless undercover man...assigned to trap the powerful "higher-ups" of a network of cattle bandits! (original poster) See more »


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This one gets close to where the trail ends for Tom Keene.

This is the second series of westerns made for Monogram by Tom Keene; his first Monogram series were four films made in the first half of the 1937-38 production season, and this film is the fourth in a series of eight he made for producer Robert Tansey at Monogram in the 1941-42 production season. And all eight featured the credited Rusty the Wonder Horse. This one has no interior shots at all, and also no town scenes, which means producer Tansey didn't have to hire any extras to play townspeople and/or barflies.

A band of outlaws, led by Jay Lynch (Kenne Duncan),ambush and supposedly kill Lynch's half-brother, rancher Jim Dawson (Jimmy Aubrey), but Tom Sterling, working undercover for the Cattleman's Association, and his pal, Lopez Mendoza (Frank Yaconelli), find the wounded rancher, and keep him in hiding. Lynch and crooked lawyer Jasper Raines (Slim Andrews) have a forged will that leaves Dawson's ranch to Lynch, and half-Uncle Lynch shows up and orders Dawson's daughters Betty (Betty Miles) and Sugar (Sugar Dawn) to vacate his newly-acquired ranch. Tom, as usual with his gun belt buckled in the back, and Lopez come riding in to aid the Dawson sisters in their efforts to keep the ranch.


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