Rodeo star Rex Allen investigates the death of a colleague and in the process uncovers a ring of diamond smugglers.



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Complete credited cast:
Koko ...
Koko, Rex's Horse (as Koko the Miracle Horse of the Movies)
Judy Nugent ...
Taffy Wells
Percy Helton ...
Judge Sully
Chip Wells
Zon Murray ...
Joe, the Fake Deputy


Rex Allen, star of the Western Rodeo Circus, and his clown pal Slim Pickens, get involved in the matrimonial plans of high-wire specialist Chip Wells and his treacherous parter Valerie, through feeling sorry for Chip's motherless 8-year-old daughter Taffy. Chip thinks Taffy is jealous of Valerie, but Taffy tells Rex that she just thinks Valerie isn't the right woman for her father. After protecting Valerie from Cooper, Chip discovers that Valerie has diamonds worth a half-million dollars in her possession. Chip hides the diamonds in Taffy's doll, until he can get an explanation from Valerie. Knowing that Chip won't tolerate her diamond-smuggling activities, Valerie distracts him at a critical point in their high-wire performance and he falls to his death. To get possession of Chip's personal belongings, knowing the diamonds are hidden there, she calls on the shady "Judge" Sully for help. He writes a phony order making Taffy a ward of his court and orders Chip's belongings to be held ... Written by Les Adams <>

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Release Date:

5 August 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Salto da Morte  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Rex chases down diamond smugglers
18 June 2004 | by (Oklahoma Hills) – See all my reviews

The wedding plans of high wire duo Chip Wells (Clayton Moore) and Valerie (Marjorie Lord) go awry when their tent is broken into by bad guy Cooper (Roy Barcroft). Wells soon discovers the reason for the break-in, his bride-to-be is smuggling diamonds. As luck would have it, Cooper and his boss, Judge Sully (Percy Helton) have been tipped off that Valerie is packing stolen glass and try to cut themselves in on a piece of the action. Wells then takes it upon himself to secretly hide the diamonds inside his young daughter Taffy's (Judy Nugent) doll.

But this is show biz and despite the attempted larceny, the show must go on. Wells, so upset by his fiancé's involvement in such an untoward scheme, is unable to maintain his composure and during their high wire act falls abruptly to his death, leaving daughter Taffy a ward of the court, which is presided over by Judge Sully. Taffy already leery of her would-be step mother packs her bags,complete with the diamond stuffed doll, and takes off. Soon our heroes, Rodeo Star Rex and his sidekick Slim (Slim Pickens) are on the trail to save Taffy and reclaim the doll with the stolen diamonds.

Great action pacing by veteran director William Witney and an interesting B-Western supporting cast make this one of Rex's most enjoyable films. Prolific Western bad guy Roy Barcroft adds kidnapping and accessory to doll mutilation to his already impressive villainous resume. Dona Drake as gypsy Nartita and Percy Helton as mentally unbalanced Judge Sully round out the cast. Majorie Lord, in her pre "Make Room for Daddy" days, adds to the action with a knock down drag-out fight with Drake.

One of Rex Allen's best.

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