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Jack Natteford (original screenplay) and
Luci Ward (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
3 March 1949 (USA) See more »
A group of Arizona ranchers, trying to learn the identities of the Salt River Gang and prevent any further rustling... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tim Holt ... Dick McBride
Richard Martin ... Chito Rafferty

Martha Hyer ... Ruth Abbott

Steve Brodie ... Mort Wheeler
Lois Andrews ... Trixie Fontaine
Harry Shannon ... Sheriff Harmon

Addison Richards ... Frank Abbott
Frank Fenton ... Brad Carew

Robert Bray ... Henchman Hank
Don Haggerty ... Rancher
Monte Montague ... Rancher
Stanley Blystone ... Rancher
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Chet Brandenburg ... Barfly (uncredited)
Ralph Bucko ... Barfly (uncredited)
Roy Bucko ... Barfly (uncredited)
Victor Cox ... Barfly (uncredited)

Herman Hack ... Barfly (uncredited)
Bert Howard ... The Professor (uncredited)
Michael Jeffers ... Townsman (uncredited)

Jack Kenny ... Barfly (uncredited)
Tom Lloyd ... Cowboy (uncredited)
Francis McDonald ... Pierre, Roulette Wheel (uncredited)
Herman Nowlin ... Peter, Carew's Driver (uncredited)
Pat Patterson ... Townsman (uncredited)
George Plues ... Rancher (uncredited)
Robert Robinson ... Townsman (uncredited)
George Ross ... Townsman (uncredited)
Art Souvern ... Rancher (uncredited)
Bob Woodward ... Deputy Joe (uncredited)

Directed by
Lesley Selander 
Writing credits
Jack Natteford (original screenplay) and
Luci Ward (original screenplay)

Produced by
Herman Schlom .... producer
Original Music by
Paul Sawtell 
Cinematography by
J. Roy Hunt 
Film Editing by
Frank Doyle 
Art Direction by
Albert S. D'Agostino 
Feild M. Gray  (as Feild Gray)
Set Decoration by
James Altwies 
Darrell Silvera 
Makeup Department
Jack Barron .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Gordon Bau .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Hazel Rogers .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Kay Shea .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Pommer .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Terry Kellum .... sound
John E. Tribby .... sound (as John Tribby)
Bob Woodward .... stunt double: Tim Holt (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
James Daly .... camera operator (uncredited)
Eddie Pyle .... camera operator (uncredited)
Ollie Sigurdson .... still photographer (uncredited)
Frank Uecker .... gaffer (uncredited)
Frank Williams .... grip (uncredited)
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
Other crew
Mercy Weireter .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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61 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
USA:Approved (certificate #11216)

Did You Know?

The golden palomino Tim Holt rode in many of his movies bore a strong resemblance to Roy Rogers' famous horse, Trigger. However, Tim Holt actually rode at least four horses during his career which spanned about a dozen years at that studio. In the early 1940s, prior to leaving for World War II military service, he rode a horse named Duke. After this there were several horses in his post-war films, one of which was Sheik, Later the well-known golden palomino named Lightning served in many of his most successful films, demonstrating a high degree of loyalty and intelligence. Toward the end of his RKO series, Holt rode a horse named Sun Dance.See more »


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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A Different Twist On The Rustling Racket, 22 September 2011
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

One thing I have to say on this particular Tim Holt western. As you can tell by the title it has to do with cattle rustling, not exactly an original theme in westerns. But these Rustlers have put a really different twist on the crime of cattle stealing.

The biggest problem in cattle rustling reasons saloon owner Frank Fenton and the payoff guy in the racket is that you have to move the cattle to market after you've changed the brands and sell them. It's the moving and changing that get you caught. So what these outlaws do is take the cattle and hold them for ransom. What the owner pays to get them back is pure profit without a lot of work.

Tim Holt and Richard Martin stumble into this racket when they get a hold of some marked bills that the ranchers marked in an effort to trap whoever is behind all this. These outlaws aren't dumb and they've got the best kind of resources.

The climax is a thrilling one where the outlaws have Tim Holt trapped in a burning building during a shootout. Very well staged by veteran B western director Lesley Selander.

One of Tim Holt's best westerns for RKO.

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