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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More ACTION Than Ever Before! ...With Rex Allen And His Famous Horse Koko...Riding Hard To Stop A Gang Of Diamond Smugglers! See more »







Release Date:

5 August 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Salto da Morte  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Delightful Little Gem!
27 June 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Who would have thought that this little "barely-B" western with singing cowboy Rex Allen would be so well-written, directed and acted? Many enjoyable and familiar actors here, including Clayton Moore, Donna Drake, Marjorie Lord, etc. The climactic fight between Lord and Drake includes some pretty vivid slugging as well as the more expected hair-pulling. One of my favorite character players, Percy Helton, gives a terrific and hilarious performance as a fake "judge" hoping to get his hands on some smuggled diamonds. And speaking of fights, you haven't lived until you have seen the fist-fight between Helton and Slim Pickens! This little movie is a darn good way to spend a spare hour.

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