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Son of the Renegade (1953)

Approved | | Western | 27 March 1953 (USA)
In a throw-back to the worse of the 1930's indie westerns, Red River Johnny gathers his friends (most of whom are called some variation of the name Bill) and returns to claim the heritage ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Carpenter ...
Red River Johnny (as John Carpenter)
Lori Irving ...
Lori Masters
Joan McKellen ...
Dusty (Valley in credits)
Valley Keene ...
Valley (Dusty in credits)
Three-Fingers Jack
Vern Teters ...
Sheriff Bat Masters (as Verne Teters)
Wild Bill Coontz
Ted Smile ...
Bill Chaney ...
Baby Face Bill
Roy Canada ...
Canada - the Gun Slinger
The Long-Haired Kid
Lennie Smith ...
Deputy Sheriff
Ewing Miles Brown ...
Wild Bill Hickok (as Ewing Brown)
Fred Carson ...
Big Fred (as Freddie Carson)
Percy Lennon ...
The Australian Kid


In a throw-back to the worse of the 1930's indie westerns, Red River Johnny gathers his friends (most of whom are called some variation of the name Bill) and returns to claim the heritage of his father who was outlawed many years ago by the sheriff of Red River. The present Sheriff Masters, son of the man Johnny's father shot, is his enemy. Three-Finger Jack stages a series of robberies and stage coach holdups, for which he frames Red River Johnny. The latter learns that Three-Finger plans to rob the town bank, and gathers his men and wipes out Three-Finger and his gang. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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27 March 1953 (USA)  »


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$17,500 (estimated)
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Joan McKellen and Valley Keene play Dusty and Valley, respectively, but the credits reverse their roles. See more »

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What a film would look like if you let 8 year-olds write, direct and star in it!
9 April 2011 | by See all my reviews

Currently, this film inexplicably has a score of around 7.0 on IMDb--something that might indicate some folks are playing a joke on us! This is because this might just be the worst B-western I have ever seen. I saw one reviewer that compared it to an Ed Wood film, though I wonder if maybe Wood would have done it better! Honestly, this is an abominable film--one that looks as if some untalented 8 year-olds made it! Unlike a real movie, much of the plot is explained by the narrator! Yes, instead of really showing the first 10 minutes or so of the film, the narrator just tells the audience what they missed! Perhaps the original film was cut down and that is why this occurred, but too often the narrator goes off on lengthy expositions instead of allowing the actors (I use this term broadly) to act or use dialog. Maybe this was done because so many of the actors simply couldn't deliver lines--but it sure makes the film come off cheaply and very, very antiquated and silly.

The plot involves some son of some outlaw fighting against the son of some sheriff that made the father go outlaw--but honestly, who cares?! The film is basically one fist-fight and chase after another with completely wooden unknowns playing the various roles. And, incidentally, the plot seemed to mean nothing.

This one is so bad it isn't even particularly good for bad movie buffs--it's just very, very bad. If you can think of a worse B-western, let me know--so far this is worse than any I've seen--and I've seen a lot!

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