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Luci Ward (original screenplay) and
Morgan Cox (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
25 July 1944 (USA) See more »
13 CHAPTERS OF GUN-BLAZING THRILLS! (original posters - all caps)
During the latter stages of the Civil War, a gang of supposed Confederates, headed by Alex Morel (Lionel Atwill)... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dennis Moore ... Captain Steve Clark

Wanda McKay ... Cathy Haines

Lionel Atwill ... Erich von Rugen, alias Alex Morel

Joe Sawyer ... Idaho Jones

Regis Toomey ... Captain Clay Randolph [Chs. 1-6]

Virginia Christine ... Countess Elsa von Merck, alias Trina Dressard

Eddy Waller ... Doc Blair (as Eddy C. Waller)
Emmett Vogan ... Count Manfried von Rinkton, alias Carl Lawton [Chs. 6-7]

Addison Richards ... Colonel Sewell
Charles Wagenheim ... Hugo Metzger, alias Abel Rackerby [Chs. 8-9]

Jack Ingram ... Braddock - Confederate Outlaw

Edmund Cobb ... Henchman Rawhide

Jack Rockwell ... Bart - Raider

Ernie Adams ... Hans Plattner, alias Bill Jasper
George Eldredge ... Henry / Hank, Saloon Owner

Gene Garrick ... Lieutenant Jim Clark aka Jeff Logan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Richard Alexander ... Henchman (uncredited)
Martin Ashe ... Johnny (uncredited)
Robert Barron ... Cave Henchman (Ch. 6) (uncredited)

Lee Bennett ... Sentry (uncredited)

Ray Bennett ... Trooper (uncredited)
Roy Brent ... Trooper (uncredited)

Ralph Bucko ... Henchman (uncredited)

Roy Bucko ... Henchman (uncredited)

Bob Burns ... Omaha Stagecoach Driver (uncredited)
Fred Burns ... Townsman (uncredited)

Budd Buster ... Slim (uncredited)

Horace B. Carpenter ... Poker-Player (uncredited)

John L. Cason ... Barfly (uncredited)

Iron Eyes Cody ... Indian (archive footage) (uncredited)
Paul Conrad ... Trooper (uncredited)

Tex Cooper ... Miner (uncredited)
Earle S. Dewey ... Train Conductor (uncredited)

Frank Ellis ... Stagecoach Driver (uncredited)
William Forrest ... Major Graham - Ch. 1 (uncredited)
Art Fowler ... Henchman (uncredited)
Allen Fox ... Trooper (uncredited)
Joel Friedkin ... Dan Lane (uncredited)
Jack Gardner ... Raider (uncredited)
Pat Gleason ... Treasury Agent #1 (uncredited)
Bennett Green ... Trooper (uncredited)

Herman Hack ... Henchman (uncredited)

Chick Hannan ... Henchman (uncredited)
Louis Hart ... Trooper (uncredited)
Joe Haworth ... Train Vendor (uncredited)

Edward Howard ... Henchman (uncredited)
Bill Hunter ... Cave Henchman - Ch. 6 (uncredited)
Edward Hyland ... Trask (uncredited)

George Irving ... Sec. Fessenden (uncredited)
Perc Launders ... Seaman (uncredited)

Nolan Leary ... Townsman in Top Hat (Ch. 11) (uncredited)

Rex Lease ... Major Norton - Ch. 13 (uncredited)

George J. Lewis ... Fred (uncredited)
Ralph Linn ... Soldier (uncredited)

Pierce Lyden ... Train Henchman (Ch. 1) (uncredited)

Frank McCarroll ... Soldier (uncredited)
Charles Miller ... Sec, Stanton (uncredited)

Monte Montague ... Stage Driver #3 (uncredited)
Carl O'Brien ... Lt, . Martin (uncredited)
Artie Ortego ... Henchman (Ch's 2-3) (uncredited)

Fred Parker ... Omaha Agent (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Garrick (Ch. 9) (uncredited)
Joey Ray ... Trooper (uncredited)
Grandon Rhodes ... Major Bell (Ch's 1 & 9) (uncredited)
Gene Roth ... Grattan (uncredited)
William Ruhl ... Rackerby's Clerk (uncredited)
Bernard Sell ... Seaman (uncredited)
Jerry Shane ... Telegram Boy (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Army Sergeant (uncredited)
Robin Short ... Otto Murdock (uncredited)
Lee Shumway ... Wells Fargo Agent (uncredited)

George Sowards ... Stage Driver (uncredited)
Freddie Steele ... Dep. Abbott (uncredited)
Clarence Straight ... Tom Jackson (uncredited)

Ben Taggart ... Dan #2 (uncredited)

Ray Teal ... Joe Burke (uncredited)

Chief Thundercloud ... Chief Tahona (uncredited)

Max Wagner ... Trooper (uncredited)

Dan White ... Soldier [Chs. 3-5] (uncredited)

Henry Wills ... Knife Henchman (uncredited)

Directed by
Lewis D. Collins 
Ray Taylor 
Writing credits
Luci Ward (original screenplay) and
Morgan Cox (original screenplay) (as Morgan B. Cox)

Produced by
Morgan Cox .... associate producer (as Morgan B. Cox)
Ray Taylor .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Harry Neumann 
William A. Sickner  (as William Sickner)
Film Editing by
Irving Birnbaum 
Jack Dolan 
Ace Herman 
Alvin Todd 
Edgar Zane 
Art Direction by
Harold H. MacArthur  (as Harold MacArthur)
Carey Loftin .... stunts (uncredited)
Frank McCarroll .... stunts (uncredited)
Ken Terrell .... stunts (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel .... fight double: Dennis Moore (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel .... stunts (uncredited)
Henry Wills .... stunts (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Norman A. Cerf .... supervising editor
Music Department
Charles Maxwell .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Sam Perry .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Milton Rosen .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Hans J. Salter .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Frank Skinner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Willard Holland .... dialogue director
Crew believed to be complete

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225 min (13 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

Did You Know?

Chapter Titles: 1. Murder by Accident (PCA No. 10141) 2. Flaming Treachery (PCA No.10142) 3. Death Rides Double (PCA No.10143) 4. Ghost City Terror (PCA No.10144) 5. The Fatal Lariat (PCA No.10145) 6. Water Rising (PCA No.10146) 7. Bullet Avalanche (PCA No.10147) 8. Death Laughs Last (PCA No.10148) 9. Cold Steel (PCA No.10149) 10.Showdown (PCA No.10150) 11.The Trail to Torture (PCA No.10151) 12.Calling All Buckboards (PCA No.10152) 13.Golden Vengeance (PCA No.10153)See more »
[posing as Charles Mason, Captain Clark escapes an attempt on his life]
Countess Elsa von Merck, alias Trina Dressard:Mr. Mason, I just wanted you to tell you how glad I am that you're safe.
Captain Steve Clark:Why, thank you, Ms. Dessard. I feel pretty good about it myself.
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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
"It's Much Bigger Than North Versus South", 30 July 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

This film could only be made in 1944 when we learned coincidentally enough when we were fighting Nazi Germany of a secret Prussian plan to steal American gold and then use it as a down payment to pay for Alaska from Russia and gain a foothold in North America. We were assured that at the very end of this serial because it was only through the work done by the secret agents involved here that we even learned Russia was looking to peddle Alaska that the facts never reached the history books. But now we've opened the archives and this serial tells us what dastardly folks the Germans were back when there wasn't even a united Germany.

I have to give credit to the folks at Universal for imagination if nothing else for this fanciful tale. I'm somewhat amazed that this scheme was starting to jell in 1865, you'd think they'd have put the plan in motion during say 1862 when it was still unclear whether we would have two countries. And never mind the firm support that Prussia did give the Union cause diplomatically which is in the history books.

No less than Abraham Lincoln himself assigns Dennis Moore to go west like Errol Flynn did in Virginia City and find out what's going on with these gold shipments being robbed. At the same time Joe Sawyer is assigned to investigate a murder of a Wells Fargo agent who is also leading lady Wanda McKay's dear old dad. Fate teams all three of them together.

The villains are Virginia Christine who is best remembered as Spencer Tracy's housekeeper in Judgment at Nuremberg and Lionel Atwill. At least Atwill could have said that he actually has a western in his film credits. He's a properly elegant saloon owner of a place in California called Oro Grande where all this is taking place. Christine is a saloon singer in the vein of Marlene Dietrich. Both drift in and out of German accents as the serial progresses.

The events of those last days of the Civil War are woven into the plot including the surrender at Appomatox and the assassination of Lincoln. In fact the Prussian agents use the Lincoln assassination as a means of stirring up the Modoc Indians so they can get away with their loot. It seems as though the great white father in Washington was supposed to send them a telegram and the Indians when they didn't get it took it as a Dis and went on the warpath. That also didn't make the history books.

I suppose we should be grateful this wasn't put in and yet another reason given for the Why We Fight series. This has to be seen to be believed.

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