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The Fighting Redhead (1949)

 -  Western  -  5 October 1949 (USA)
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Red Ryder gets a telegram from his old friend Dan O'Connor asking for help in his fight against Faro Savage and his gang of rustlers. A gun dropped by Faro during a rustling raid makes Red ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Jim Bannon ...
Don Reynolds ...
Little Beaver (as Little Brown Jug)
Emmett Lynn ...
Marin Sais ...
Sheila O'Connor
John Hart ...
Faro Savage
Lane Bradford ...
Henchman Windy
Forrest Taylor ...
Dan O'Connor
Lee Roberts ...
Henchman Goldie Grant
Bob Duncan ...
Sandy Sanders ...
Ranch Hand Joe
Bill Hammond ...
Bill Evans (as Billy Hammond)
Spooky Reynolds ...
Mary - Joe's Daughter (as 'Spooky' Reynolds)


Red Ryder gets a telegram from his old friend Dan O'Connor asking for help in his fight against Faro Savage and his gang of rustlers. A gun dropped by Faro during a rustling raid makes Red and Sheila O'Connor, Dan's daughter, think they have ample proof against Faro but they are stymied by the law. Buckskin Blodgett and the Duchess, Red's aunt, find the body of O'Connor who was killed when Faro's men sent the sheriff out on a ruse. Sheila, discovered while rifling Faros office for evidence, escapes but not before she is recognized. Faro kills one of his own henchmen and then frames Sheila for the murder. Red and Little Beaver set out to clear Sheila and to try to find evidence against Faro and his gang. Written by Les Adams <>

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OUTLAW RULE TERRIFIES RANGE 'till Red Ryder writes the law in six-gun smoke! See more »




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5 October 1949 (USA)  »

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John Hart, who plays the "heavy" Faro Savage, was TV's Lone Ranger for 53 episodes from 1950 to 1953. See more »

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The Last Red Ryder
5 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Fighting Redhead" is the very last of the Red Ryder films which began at Republic with the 1940 serial starring Don "Red" Barry, continued at Republic for 16 features with Wild Bill Elliott,another 7 with Allan "Rocky"Lane and then moved to Eagle-Lion for the last four with Jim Bannon. Bannon came closest to capturing the look of the comic-strip Red Ryder as drawn by Fred Harman and Don Kay Reynolds (aka Little Brown Jug) was the image of the comic strip Little Beaver. Bobby Blake (Robert Blake) who played Beaver in all 23 Republic features, wore a buck-skin outfit which did not match the way Harman had drawn the character. Bannon was not a great actor and the story lines for the four Bannon Ryders,including "Redhead", did not feature much action but this film is worth watching simply for the nostalgic element of seeing the end of one of the great B Western series.

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