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Daredevils of the West (1943)

Passed | | Western | 1 May 1943 (USA)
Foster (Charles Miller (IV)', owner of the local stagecoach line in Canyon City in the 1880s, has received a Federal Franchise Commission grant and is rushing to complete a new road through... See full summary »

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June Foster
Eddie Acuff ...
Red Kelly
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Henchman Ward
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Martin Dexter
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Silas Higby
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Henchman Turner (as George Lewis)
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Colonel Andrews [Ch. 1, 12]
Jack Rockwell ...
Sheriff Watson [Ch. 2, 3, 7, 9, 11, 12]
Charles Miller ...
Foster [Ch. 1]
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Senator Garfield [Ch. 8]
Budd Buster ...
Indian Scout [Ch. 1,5]
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Territorial Commissioner [Ch. 9, 10]
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George Hooker [Ch. 9] (as Ken Duncan)
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Henchman Jack [Ch. 9]
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Foster (Charles Miller (IV)', owner of the local stagecoach line in Canyon City in the 1880s, has received a Federal Franchise Commission grant and is rushing to complete a new road through the lawless Comanche Strip with the aid of his daughter, June (Kay Aldridge), and his construction foreman "Red" Kelly (Eddie Acuff). Unbeknownst to them, their supposed friend, land-and-cattle dealer Martin Dexter (Robert Frazer), and the town lawyer, Silas Higby (Ted Adams), have plans of their own; should Foster's road see completion, homesteaders would occupy the strip and ruin Dexter's plans to buy the 500,000 acres for cattle-grazing land. Dester hires a band of renegade Indians to attack the road crew. Indian scout Jim Brady (Budd Buster)sees a supply wagon driver by "Red" and June being cased by the renegades, alerts the work-camp crew and then rides to summon Captain Duke Cameron (Allan Lane) and his U.S. Cavalry troop but, before they arrive, Foster has been killed along with many of his ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Ride to the thrill of your life with these famous western pioneers! See more »

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Western

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1 May 1943 (USA)  »

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La tribu misteriosa  »

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(12 episodes)

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Edward Todd, assigned to co-edit this serial with Tony Martinelli, died suddenly during the filming, on February 2, 1943, prior to any assembly, and was replaced by Wallace Grissell. Todd had been co-editor on 24 previous Republic serials, beginning with Dick Tracy (1937). He was not, as some contributor has assumed, an uncredited editor of this serial. He had been assigned to do so but died before any editing had begun. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Red Kelly - the foreman: Is everything loaded, Red?
June Foster: That's the last of 'em, Miss June. When you're ready, we'll be headed back for the camp.
June Foster: I have to wait for the stage from Pine Junction. It's bringing in some mail for Father.
Red Kelly - the foreman: And here it comes, right on the minute! That's the Foster Stage Company for you.
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Edited into Man with the Steel Whip (1954) See more »

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Camptown Races
Written by Stephen Foster
Played as piano background music in Chapter 12
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It isn't lost anymore

Republic's "Daredevils of the West" is a 1943 twelve chapter serial once considered lost. This action-filled cliffhanger starred Allan Lane and Kay Aldridge. It's only been publicly screened in the U.S. twice in recent years.

Through special arrangement with Brigham Young University, Paramount Pictures, and Swank Films it was first shown at SerialFest in Newtown, PA, in the Spring of 2008. This past October it was run a second time at the Lone Pine Film Festival in Lone Pine, CA.

Now this exciting serial is coming to America's heartland for the first time. It can be seen at the Memphis Film Festival in Olive Branch, Mississippi June 3-5 of 2010. It will be personally projected by BYU archivist James D'Arc.

So, why doesn't BYU make it available on a DVD for all serial fans to enjoy?

Edit: Question answered by Boyd Magers of "Western Clippings." BYU has the print donated to them by the late Jack (Valley of the Cliffhangers) Mathis. Paramount has the rights to the film, and they have deemed the negative flawed and unacceptable and, as such, unmarkable.


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