Columbia's 33rd serial (made between "Jack Armstrong" and "The Sea Hound") was based on the character that first appeared in "Action Comics" No. 42, who was a radio singing cowboy who ... See full summary »
Columbia's 33rd serial (made between "Jack Armstrong" and "The Sea Hound") was based on the character that first appeared in "Action Comics" No. 42, who was a radio singing cowboy who doubled as a crime-fighting, motorcycle-riding crime-fighter with a pre-teen Chinese boy, Stuff, as his answer to Batman's Robin, although Stuff ran a lot or errands that Robin didn't have to do since the Dynamic Duo had Alfred the Butler (both versions) to do those. In the serial version, Stuff became a white, draft-age sidekick played by George Offerman Jr.(and we are still looking for any film made in the 30's and 40's that this actor was billed as the incorrect George Offerman rather than the correct George Offerman Jr), which fit right in with the costume changes that Columbia tagged The Vigilante character with; a snappy-brim fedora and a Montgomery Ward catalog white Gene Autry- style shirt instead of the large flat-brimmed hat and double-button blue shirt he wore in the comic books. The nose-chin... Written by
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The plot was interesting and unique. However, it was stretched thin and some chapters dragged. 12 chapters would have been better than 15. Ralph Byrd was rather wooden in the title role and a slightly younger actor like Kane Richmond or Clayton Moore would have been preferable. Ramsey Ames was great as the heroine. I thoroughly enjoyed her singing. The comic book Vigilante was a country and western singer. It's too bad that more country music was not featured as it might have made the serial move faster. Lyle Talbot was adequate as the villain but Charles Middleton would have been better. The sidekick Stuff did not provide the comic relief that is typical of most sidekicks. George Offerman,Jr.was no Smiley Burnette.
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