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The Vanishing Legion (1931)

Passed | | Action, Western, Adventure | 2 June 1931 (USA)
A mysterious master criminal known as The Voice plots with his gang to sabotage the Milesburg Oil Company, but the rightful heir has a secret army of her own to protect her rights.

Directors:

Ford Beebe, B. Reeves Eason (as Reeves Eason)

Writers:

Wyndham Gittens (original screenplay), Ford Beebe (original screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Carey ... Happy Cardigan
Edwina Booth ... Caroline Hall
Rex the Wonder Horse ... Rex (as Rex King of Wild Horses)
William Desmond ... Milesburg Sheriff
Frankie Darro ... Jimmie Williams
Philo McCullough ... Stevens
Yakima Canutt ... Yak [Chs. 1 & 3] / Bill Peters [Ch. 4]
Joe Bonomo Joe Bonomo ... Stuffy
Tom Dugan ... Oil Co. Director Warren
Lafe McKee ... T.J. Hornbeck
Bob Kortman ... Henchman Marno
Edward Hearn ... Jed Williams
Paul Weigel Paul Weigel ... Oil Co. Director Larribee
Frank Brownlee ... Oil Co. Director Bishop
Olive Carey ... Nurse Lewis [Chs. 9-12] (as Olive Fuller Golden)
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A mysterious master criminal known as The Voice plots with his gang to sabotage the Milesburg Oil Company, but the rightful heir has a secret army of her own to protect her rights. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 June 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El último de los mohicanos See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mascot Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

(12 chapters)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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CHAPTER TITLES: 1. The Voice From the Void; 2. The Queen of the Night Riders; 3. The Invisible Enemy; 4. The Fatal Message; 5. The Trackless Trail; 6. The Radio Riddle; 7. The Crimsom Clue; 8. The Doorway of Disaster; 9. When Time Stood Still; 10.Riding the Whirlwind; 11.The Capsule of Oblivion; 12.The Hoofs of Horror. See more »

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Features The Great K & A Train Robbery (1926) See more »

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The identity of "The Voice" will astonish you!
19 October 2003 | by reptilicusSee all my reviews

Serials have been a favourite of mine for a long time and discovering this one was a treat indeed. Nat Levine made some of the best early talkie serials. With writers like Wyndham Gittens and Ford Beebe (later to become a director) and directors like B. Reeves "Breezy" Eason I can see how Mascot Serials were very popular. This one offers western stalwart Harry Carey as "Happy" Cardigan who is contracted to bring in an oil well. Happy stands to go broke if he does not deliver the black gold on time. Meanwhile a gang of sixgun toting badguys called The Vanishing Legion are out to stop him from bringing in the well at all costs. They are led by a criminal mastermind known only as The Voice. He is never seen but his word is law. There are lots of fights, car chases, wrecks, fires and wild horse stampedes. Can Happy and young Jimmy (Frankie Darro) bring in the oil before it's too late? What about the mysterious woman (Edwina Booth) who seems to be on both sides of the conflict at once? What about young Jimmy's dad who says he was framed for murder and is being hunted by good guys and crooks alike? And who is the mysterious Voice?

I can answer that last question, but I won't tell you who the killer is! The voice of The Voice is provided by none other than a pre-stardom Boris Karloff! Boris had made 2 serials for Mascot, KING OF THE KONGO (1929) and KING OF THE WILD (1930). He keeps his sinister commands at a whisper most of the time but in a few chapters his tones and that trademark lisp become quite reconisable to his fans. Boris' contribution to the film is important to the plot but he receives no billing and this film is left off all his filmographies. Finding it is a rare treat.


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