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The Avenging Rider (1943)

Approved | | Western | 20 May 1943 (USA)
On his way to help his ex-partner, miner Sam Trotter, Brit Marshall is tricked into helping Trotter's murderers get away with Trotter's gold bullion. Arrested for Trotter's murder, Brit and... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Ike (as Cliff 'Ukelele Ike' Edwards)
Ann Summers ...
Jean McLane
W.J. Grayson (as Davison Clarke)
Norman Willis ...
Red Hall
Karl Hackett ...
Sheriff Allen
Deputy Joe (as Earl Hodgins)
Sheriff Lewis (as Edward Cassidy)
Blackie (as Kenneth Duncan)
Malcolm 'Bud' McTaggart ...
Henchman Baxter (as Bud McTaggart)
Henchman Wade
Henchman Harris


On his way to help his ex-partner, miner Sam Trotter, Brit Marshall is tricked into helping Trotter's murderers get away with Trotter's gold bullion. Arrested for Trotter's murder, Brit and his comical sidekick Ike escape and begin to track down the killers to clear themselves. Clues as to the whereabouts of the bullion appear when torn corners of a playing card are found on each killer's person, leading to the identity of the gang's silent partner, one of the town's leading citizens. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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DEALS DESTRUCTION to frontier fourflushers who stack the cards against him!








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20 May 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cavaleiro Vingador  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The Elusive Five Of Spades
20 September 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The Avenging Rider is Tim Holt's last B western for RKO before going off to war and his last with Cliff Edwards as a sidekick. In the interim RKO groomed another cowboy star to take his place and if William Wellman hadn't spotted him and used him in The Story Of GI Joe, Robert Mitchum might well have been a B picture cowboy hero who may have gone on to television if he was lucky in the Fifties. As it was Mitchum did bigger things and Holt returned to the B western for RKO with occasional performances in other classics like My Darling Clementine and The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre.

Holt and Edwards are coming to check on a grubstake Tim gave a friend and when they arrive the friend has been shot to death and these two are rather stupidly taken in by the outlaws who did the deed. When the law catches up with them, it's Tim and Cliff that are holding the bag and they spend the whole film getting captured and escaping from sheriff Karl Hackett and his dim bulb of a deputy Earl Hodgins.

The four outlaws led by Norman Willis form an alliance with crooked banker and saloon owner Davison Clark for him to store the stolen gold in his bank vault. Clark cuts up a five of spades from a deck of cards with the four getting a corner spade and him keeping the middle. It acts as a kind of claim check for the gold.

The outlaws keep getting killed, but as they do there are no witnesses left to clear Tim and Cliff. It's a race against time to clear them, find the stolen gold and it's all tied up with those spades they keep finding on the outlaws as they and the law catch up with them.

The Avenging Rider has a little more plot than usually found in a B western. It was a good film for Tim Holt to leave for the Armed Forces with.

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