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The Dude Bandit (1933)

After Burton kills Dad Mason and makes it look like a suicide, Ace Cooper arrives to investigate. He poses as a coward during the day but at night he becomes the daring Dude Bandit.


George Melford


Jack Natteford (story), Jack Natteford (screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Hoot Gibson ... Tex Cooper aka Ace
Gloria Shea ... Betty Mason
Hooper Atchley ... Al Burton
Skeeter Bill Robbins Skeeter Bill Robbins ... Skeeter
Horace B. Carpenter ... Doc Pettit (as Horace Carpenter)
Neal Hart ... Jack Hargan - Henchman
Lafe McKee ... Brown - Rancher
Gordon De Main ... Dad Mason
Fred Burns Fred Burns ... Sheriff Jim


Al Burton, an unscrupulous money lender, not only endeavors to have his funds returned, but also plans to gain control over the properties on which he has advanced finances by having his henchmen see to it that the debtor cannot meet the note.When he kills "Dad" Mason, father of Betty Mason, Burton is brought face to face with a mysterious avenger, known as the Dude Cowboy, but never gets close enough to put him out of the way.Burton also finds his plans continually upset by a lummox cowhand, Tod "Ace" Carter, who has the faculty of being in the wrong place at the right time. Burton is prodded into reckless action by the actions of the Dude Bandit, "Ace" in disguise. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

6 April 1933 (USA) See more »


Box Office


$60,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

M.H. Hoffman Inc. See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The earliest documented telecast of this film took place in New York City Saturday 20 November 1948 on WATV (Channel 13). In Cleveland it first aired Wednesday 7 September 1949 on WEWS (Channel 5), and in Los Angeles Wednesday 1 March 1950 on KTSL (Channel 2). See more »


Remake of Clearing the Range (1931) See more »

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22 January 2006 | by SpuzzlightyearSee all my reviews

Extremely lightweight Hoot Gibson vehicle here. Using the familiar "stranger comes into town just about the same time a mysterious avenger starts putting the bad guy to pasture but everyone is too stupid to put 2 and 2 together" theme westerns like to utilize, (they also like to put superhero names to them as well) Gibson plays the title role, but no one seems to know this, because he's also a mild-mannered cowboy coming back into town after his father's death (and also to clear his business from shady cattlemen). There is of course the lame lame love interest, which doesn't really blossom until the final 30 seconds of this movie (and other movies too). So, if you're not expecting much, and you better not be!! This is an alright rabble rouser.

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