The land-rush opening of the Cherokee Strip brings in its wake a scattering of outlaws and claim jumpers. Among these is a crooked promoter. Trent Parker (Frank Jacquet), and his henchmen ... See full summary »

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Ben Jode
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The land-rush opening of the Cherokee Strip brings in its wake a scattering of outlaws and claim jumpers. Among these is a crooked promoter. Trent Parker (Frank Jacquet), and his henchmen who plan a huge swindle by compiling falsified reports, putting the claims of honest settlers into the names of various henchmen. Clay Stevens (Allan Lane), a government agent posing as a drifting cowhand, advises the settlers to organize their resistance. Ben Jode (Roy Barcroft), the gang leader, runs for sheriff so he can gain full control of the town. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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THE GREATEST LAND SWINDLE IN THE HISTORY OF THE WEST! (original print ad-all caps) See more »

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26 January 1945 (USA)  »

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As the settlers are fleeing Red Dust one of them tells the wagon driver to "Step on it" - a phrase that was not coined until 1923 and referred to an automobile's gas pedal. See more »

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Ben Jode: President Cleveland's proclamation will be issued any day now and the claims will be filed through the Red Dust land office just like I figured.
Henchman Clyde Flint: That's what Parker's been telling me.
Ben Jode: Who's Parker?
Henchman Clyde Flint: The land agent here.
Ben Jode: Can we get to him?
Henchman Clyde Flint: I already got to him. He likes to play roulette. He owes me $6500.
Ben Jode: So he's been buckin' that crooked wheel of yours, huh?
Henchman Clyde Flint: [hurt] Oh, Ben. Let's say out of balance... It sounds much nicer.
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Claim Jumping on a large scale
17 August 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Allan Lane plays a roving cowboy who seems to know an awful lot about the law regarding land claims in Topeka Terror. That knowledge is going to come in handy when he helps a bunch of settlers being swindled during the Oklahoma land rush of 1889. That is after he saves Tom London and his daughter and Twinkle Watts from a runaway team of horses.

Perennial Republic villain Roy Barcroft is on hand and I have to say his villainy reaches some new heights. Give the man credit where credit is due, he's got one great scheme to accomplish claim jumping on a truly large scale.

Stealing the film in whatever scene he's in is Earle Hodgins playing a dude lawyer who likes to doubletalk in legalese. Nice Republic western for Allan Lane.


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