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Rider from Tucson (1950)

Passed | | Western | 7 June 1950 (USA)
In order to make Tug Cardwell (William Phipps) sign over his rich gold claim to them, John Avery (Robert Shayne), Gypsy Avery (Veda Ann Borg) and Jackson (Marshall Reed) hire Bob Rankin (... See full summary »





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Complete credited cast:
Dave Saunders
Elaine Riley ...
Jane Whipple
Bob Rankin
Gypsy Avery
John Avery
Tug Bailey
Hardrock Jones
Luther Crockett ...
Dorothy Vaughan ...
Mrs. Brigitte O'Rielly
Henchman Slim
Henchman Jackson


In order to make Tug Cardwell (William Phipps) sign over his rich gold claim to them, John Avery (Robert Shayne), Gypsy Avery (Veda Ann Borg) and Jackson (Marshall Reed) hire Bob Rankin (Douglas Fowley) to kidnap Tug's sweetheart Jane Whipple (Elaine Riley). Rankin hides Jane and then demands half the mine from the other crooks. Dave Saunders (Tim Holt) and Chito Rafferty (Richard Martin), friends of Tug's, find Jane and taker her to safety. The conspirators then shoot Rankin, capture Tug and force him to take them to his claim. Dave and Chito are close behind. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Gold-Rush Greed Rocks the Rockies! Tim hunts the "brains" of a claim-jump gang...and finds a gal with six-guns smoking and a trigger finger that shoots to kill! See more »




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Release Date:

7 June 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bandoleiros da Vingança  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Actor Robert Shayne plays the milquetoast husband of the female villain. This was an unusual roll for the actor known to millions as the reliable Inspector Henderson from The Adventures of Superman. Shayne was in ninety episodes of the classic series. See more »

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Tim and Chito ride again
1 June 2004 | by (Oklahoma Hills) – See all my reviews

After browsing some of the B-westerns on IMDb I've noticed there are few comments on these movies. The problem with trying to critique these movies is, they simply can't be evaluated by A-movie standards or even A-westerns standards. Such is "Rider from Tucson".

While at a rodeo in Arizona, Tim and Chito (Tim Holt & Richard Martin) are called back to a friend's (william Phipps) wedding. Right away you notice the difference between the A & B western. This movie presumably set in the old west shows the rodeo arena with overhead lights (like a baseball park). Not exactly the stuff of 1800's America. Budget limitations, tight shooting schedules and off of the cuff scripts are all part of these movies.

Given these limitations Tim Holt turned out some of the very best of these, especially his post-WW II westerns. Quite contrary to previous comments on this movie I've always found Tim and Chito to be one of the more enjoyable of the old Saddle Pals and despite the idiosyncrasies "Riders from Tucson" is one of their best. Good acting, good pacing and a better than average plot and script make this a must see for fans of the B. Typically first class direction from Lesley Selander and nice film sequences tie this one together with the general feel of a higher budget western despite the obvious budget restraints. Definitely worth a watch.

B-Western Grading Scale ********* 8/10

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