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Branded (1931)

Dale and sidekick Swede break up a stage robbery only to be arrested for the robbery. Escaping to a new town they make an enemy of Moore. When the Sheriff arrives looking for the two, Moore... See full summary »


D. Ross Lederman


Randall Faye (story and dialogue by)




Complete credited cast:
Buck Jones ... Cuthbert Chauncy Dale
Ethel Kenyon Ethel Kenyon ... Lou Preston
Wallace MacDonald ... Stage Robber (as Wallace McDonald)
Philo McCullough ... Mac - Fall City Sheriff
Albert J. Smith ... Joe Moore (as Al Smith)
John Oscar John Oscar ... Ole Swede Swenson
Clark Burroughs Clark Burroughs ... Mr. Preston
Fred Burns Fred Burns ... Prestonville Sheriff


Dale and sidekick Swede break up a stage robbery only to be arrested for the robbery. Escaping to a new town they make an enemy of Moore. When the Sheriff arrives looking for the two, Moore and his men go after them planning to kill them. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Branded as Bandit and Rustler! Wanted for Robbery and Treachery! But Guilty Only of Stealing the Heart of the Girl he Hated---and then Loved (original poster) See more »


Romance | Western


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Release Date:

1 September 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La marca de la muerte See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of over a hundred Columbia features, mostly Westerns, sold to Hygo Television Films in the 1950s, who marketed them under the name of Gail Pictures; opening credits were redesigned, with some titles misspelled, the credit order of the players rearranged, some names misspelled, and new end titles attached, thus eliminating any evidence of their Columbia roots. Apparently, the original material was not retained in most of the cases, and the films have survived, even in the Sony library, only with these haphazardly created replacement opening and end credits. See more »


[Cuthbert and Swede scare off a stagecoach bandit who had been searching through a stolen mailbag]
Swede: Yumpin Yiminy Yohnson!
Cuthbert Chauncey Dale: What's the matter, Olaf?
Swede: I got a letter with the funniest name what you ever heard - Cuthbert Chauncy Dale.
Cuthbert Chauncey Dale: What's that?
Swede: Cuthbert Chauncy...
[Buck rips the letter from Olaf's hands and opens it]
Swede: Oh, but land sakes, you can't do that!
Cuthbert Chauncey Dale: No, but that letter happens to belong to me.
Swede: But I thought your name was Tom!
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Impeccable series western show cases Buck Jones nicely.
5 April 2002 | by MozjoukineSee all my reviews

Coming late to the Buck Jones Columbia westerns, I'm surprised to find how the best of them - and this is the best I've seen - have all the qualities you'd expect to find in low budget cowboy actioners and often don't get.

The plot is straight forward but the film is full of welcome surprises. There's a recognizable Buck Jones moment when our hero is reduced to becoming a stage bandit, pulling on his kerchief mask and muttering "Well, there's got to be a first time for everything!" Buck and the side kick actually do ranch work. The shot of the rail they are putting in place, falling down, is still in the finished film, presumably because they couldn't afford a re-take. Though there's no music, the cowboys sing unaccompanied and there's a striking sequence of the riders escaping jail and galloping along the sky line with dark storm clouds gathering.

Film making is more than adequate to the task. This is a model of it's kind.

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