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Hell-Fire Austin (1932)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Western | 3 March 1932 (USA)
Heading west, Ken and Bouncer end up at the Brooks ranch where Ken is to ride Tarzan in the big race. But both the Sheriff and Edmonds are after him and he must hide both himself and the horse until race time.


Forrest Sheldon


Forrest Sheldon (story), Betty Burbridge (adaptation)

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Complete credited cast:
Ken Maynard ... Ken 'Hell-Fire' Austin
Ivy Merton Ivy Merton ... Judy Brooks
Nat Pendleton ... Bouncer
Alan Roscoe ... Mark Edmonds
Jack Perrin ... Henchman Curley
William Robyns William Robyns ... Lawyer Hicks
C.V. Bussey C.V. Bussey ... Edmond's Henchman (as Fargo Bussey)
Lafe McKee ... Uncle Joe Brooks
Charles Le Moyne ... Sheriff (as Charles LeMoyne)
Tarzan Tarzan ... Tarzan, Judy's Horse


At the end of World War I, Bouncer, from the Bronx, follows his buddy Ken "Hell-Fire" Austin west, who boasts his name means something in the Great West, where life will be easy and trouble-free for them. Bouncer soon finds that the only person in the West who knows his buddy is himself and Austin. THey get tossed on the chain-gang for sixty days, for non-payment of their café bill, where Ken spots and becomes friends with a stallion, Tarzan, on the open range. The horse belongs to rancher Judy Brooks who hopes to race him in the Cactusville Sweepstakes in order to pay off a note held on her ranch by Mark Edmunds. Edmunds gets Ken freed from the two-man chain gang to train and ride his horse in the race but Ken learns that Edmunds has a scheme going to beat Judy out of her horse and the ranch. He quits Edmunds and takes on the task of riding Tarzan in the race, but has to keep himself and the horse hidden from the Sheriff and Edmund's henchmen. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

3 March 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alias Terremoto See more »

Filming Locations:

Lone Pine, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Quadruple Film Corp. See more »
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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film received its earliest documented telecast in Los Angeles Thursday 19 January 1950 on KNBH (Channel 4). See more »


My Buddy
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Sung by Jack Kirk, Chuck Baldra and other soldiers
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Not the greatest, but entertaining nevertheless
7 December 2005 | by SpuzzlightyearSee all my reviews

Not the greatest, but entertaining nevertheless For some odd reason, I found 'Hell Fire Austin to be an appealing little Western. Surprising in the fact that a) I've just had it to my keister with westerns, and b) The print I saw of this was extremely bad. I think it has to do with the fact that it doesn't take itself too seriously, and the fun partnering of Ken Maynard and Nat Pendelton. The story itself is a bit confusing, something about Maynard being recruited to race a horse for a outback race, and the efforts by a chief rival of the girl who hired him to stop him from winning the race at all costs. There were some large pieces missing it looked like, so there was some logic gaps. Like why was Maynard fired from his first employer? Mind you, even with the whole story in place, a lot of strange logic errors happen anyways.. How did they get a horse in the 2nd floor of a motel? And why would the police capture Maynard's sidekick when he goes out to do something and demand to know where Maynard is, when all they could have done is just followed him back where he came from? Still, logic issues aside, I ultimately enjoyed this light piece of western fluff.

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