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The Western Code (1932)

When Tim Barrett rides into Carabinas, his reputation as a lawman precedes him. Rescuing Polly Loomis from the unwanted attentions of a saloon ruffian, he learns her mother married ranch ... See full summary »


John P. McCarthy (as J.P. McCarthy)


William Colt MacDonald (story), Milton Krims (screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Tim McCoy ... Tim Barrett
Nora Lane ... Polly Loomis
Wheeler Oakman ... Nick Grindell
Gordon De Main ... Sheriff Fred Purdy (as Gordon Demaine)
Matthew Betz ... Warden (as Mathew Betz)
Mischa Auer ... Chapman
Dwight Frye ... Dick Loomis
Emilio Fernández ... Indian Joe (as Emilio Fernandez)


When Tim Barrett rides into Carabinas, his reputation as a lawman precedes him. Rescuing Polly Loomis from the unwanted attentions of a saloon ruffian, he learns her mother married ranch foreman Nick Grindel shortly before her death, and left everything to him in her will. Nick has proposed marriage to his stepdaughter, and she fears violence if her hot-blooded brother Dick finds out. When a body is found at the Bow Knot, Tim barely rescues Dick from a necktie party and is deputized to investigate when Dick confesses to a crime he didn't commit. Written by Sister Grimm <srgrimm@teleport.com>

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He laughed at threats and lived on danger (Print Ad- Bladen Journal, ((Elizabethtown, NC)) 2 February 1933)


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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 »


Nick Grindell: I'm getting tired of your meddling. This town ain't big enough for the both of us and I'm going to give you 24 hours to get out. If I see you in Carabinas by this time tomorrow, it's you or me!
Tim Barrett: I'll see you at this time... tomorrow.
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Referenced in Weinerville: Zip Stuck in VCR (1993) See more »

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Okay Programmer
9 April 2015 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Pretty good McCoy programmer, more plot heavy than most, but with a neat twist ending. Deputy Tim's got to figure out how to keep the Loomis ranch from falling into the hands of bad guys, and keep Polly Loomis' bother from shooting bad guy Grindel who's romancing her. There's some hard riding, not much fast shooting (except for the beginning), or flying fists. However, the one brawl looks more like a real one than the usual choreographed sock-on- the-jaw. And catch Tim's 10-gallon hat, bigger than anything this side of Pikes Peak. Also, catch two oddities in the cast. Dwight Frye of Dracula (1931) and Frankenstein (1931) where he played deformed characters; also, Mischa Auere who played "mad Russians" in a number of comedies of the 30's and 40's. Not exactly the types you expect to find on horseback. All in all, the 60-minutes is a decent programmer, if nothing special.

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Release Date:

16 September 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Código do Oeste See more »

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(Sony Pictures Television print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Recording Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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