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The Riding Tornado (1932)

Newcomer Torrent wins $500 from Olcott and $500 and a wild horse, by riding the horse, from Engle. Then loses the $1000 to Engle in a poker game. Torrent goes to work for Olcott. Torrent ... See full summary »


D. Ross Lederman


Kurt Kempler (adaptation), William Colt MacDonald (story)




Complete credited cast:
Tim McCoy ... Tim Torrant
Shirley Grey ... Patsy Olcott
Montagu Love ... Walt Corson
Wheeler Oakman ... Hatch Engall
Wallace MacDonald ... Dick Stark - Olcott's Foreman
Russell Simpson ... Sheriff
Vernon Dent ... Hefty - Bartender
Lafe McKee ... Hiram Olcott


Newcomer Torrent wins $500 from Olcott and $500 and a wild horse, by riding the horse, from Engle. Then loses the $1000 to Engle in a poker game. Torrent goes to work for Olcott. Torrent fights with Stark and Stark quits and goes to work for Engle. Rustlers are stealing horses. Carson suspects Olcott and Olcott suspects Carson. Sheriff prevents war between them. Torrent stops wild horse stampede. Starks spills beans on Engle. Torrent kills Engle and wins Patsy Olcott. Written by Ed Tabor <102353,1047@compuserve.com>

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Release Date:

4 May 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Cavaleiro Ciclone See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of over 100 Columbia features, mostly Westerns, sold to Hygo Television Films in the 1950s, which 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 »

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Series western with Ambitions.
23 December 2012 | by MozjoukineSee all my reviews

The Columbia cow boy Bs that Lederman made with Buck Jones and Tim McCoy are exemplary and this one is a welcome addition to the collection.

Limited by budget and unpolished early sound technique, we still get those evocative western vistas, lots of hard riding and blazing away with side arms and even a bit of characterisation.

Col Tim is a rodeo rider, who the saloon idlers deride ("Ain't he pretty!") till he sorts them out. Rancher McKee's horses are being stolen, so Tim takes on the job, getting into a confrontation with foreman McDonald and stopping a range war with neighbor Love, who must have thought of his brief footage as slumming. This film has a surprisingly strong cast.

There is a rendition of "Bloom is on the Sage" in which our hero doesn't join but the piece lacks background music. That would have helped the stampede in particular - instead of that creaky wind track.

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