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Wild Horse Round-Up (1936)

Approved | | Western | 20 November 1936 (USA)
The Standard Railroad Company plans to run a line through Wild Horse Valley, and this is known by Charlie Doan, who seeks to buy up all the land in the valley in order to make huge profits ... See full summary »



(story "The Man Hater"), (screenplay)


Complete credited cast:
Beth Marion ...
Ruth Williams (as Betty Lloyd)
Dickie Williams
John Merton ...
Charlie Doan
Henchman Steve Clark
Henchman Pete Adams
Dick Curtis ...
Budd Buster ...
Mopey (as Bud Buster)
Rocky the Horse ...
Jack's Horse (as Rocky)


The Standard Railroad Company plans to run a line through Wild Horse Valley, and this is known by Charlie Doan, who seeks to buy up all the land in the valley in order to make huge profits by reselling it to the railroad. Ranchers are forced to sell through fear of the "Night Riders", a group of henchmen hired by Doan. He has repeatedly tried to buy the Running M Ranch owned by Ruth Williams and her seven-year-old brother Dickie, but she refuses to sell. Roving cowhands Jack Benton and his pals Bill, Chuck and Mopey learn from Ruth about Doan's intimidating efforts to buy her ranch, and they hire on to help her with the wild horse roundup. Henchmen Steve and Pete burn the Running M's barn. Doan learns that Jack has bought an option on the Jim Green ranch and uses this information to turn Ruth against Jack. The latter tells Doan that he is a special investigator for the railroad and empowered to make property purchases for the right-of-way in his own name. Appearing to turn against ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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This film is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-1946. It received its initial telecast Friday 12 April 1940 on New York City's pioneer, and then still experimental television station W2XBS. See more »


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25 September 2014 | by See all my reviews

I suppose it's just the luck of the draw, but Alpha seem to have an odd habit of hiding their better movies as extras and promoting the lesser film as the main attraction. Wild Horse Round-Up (sic) is a case in point. The better film on the disc is easily Timber War. That too is also somewhat removed from perfect entertainment but at least it's aimed at adults, not kids! In this one, young Dickie Jones shares a large part of the footage. And so also does Betty Lloyd (actually Beth Marion who played the female lead in no less than eight "B" movies in 1936 and no doubt reasoned that a change in name might be helpful to her career. It wasn't! Two movies later, she married stuntman Cliff Lyons and retired from movies completely, except for a walk-on in 1955's Ain't Misbehavin'). Anyway, good guy, Kermit Maynard, is more than somewhat subdued in this one – and no wonder. Not only is he playing second fiddle to Dickie Jones, but often deferring to heroine Betty Lloyd as well. The plot is a familiar "B" western standby and no attempt is made to dress it up or even use it as a tool for some real action. This film is played, produced and directed in a minor key from start to finish and is a big disappointment for fans of director Alvin J. Nietz (here hiding under the pseudonym, "Alan James"), who does nothing whatever to draw an audience's interest in the tame, overly familiar plot..

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