Ken Williams is determined to discover the identity of the mysterious Rattler, who preys upon railroads and transportation companies like that owned by Jane Corwin. The Rattler is ...
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Ken Williams is determined to discover the identity of the mysterious Rattler, who preys upon railroads and transportation companies like that owned by Jane Corwin. The Rattler is especially difficult to catch because of his skill at disguising himself as other people.Written by
Jim Beaver <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Ken Maynard had his own production company at Universal, a major studio, and disliked Mascot's low-budget production methods. Although originally slated for a four-week shooting schedule, production ran an extra week and $15,000 over its $65,000 budget. Although it brought in almost $1 million, Maynard and the budget-conscious Nat Levine of Mascot parted company. See more »
Chapter seven: Ken is held prisoner with no guns, overcomes the guard and takes his gun, escaping he is seen with both of HIS guns. See more »
I just purchased Alpha Video's DVD of this serial. The story itself is a good one, though, as usual, there are a few "cheats." These, I suppose, are always to be expected.
I was disappointed, however, by Alpha Video's transfer which obviously came, at least in part, from a beat-up 16mm TV print. Beware - the entire ending for Chapter 2 is missing and there are many "rough spots" throughout the print. Sound quality ranges from mediocre to downright poor.
Even so, I enjoyed the serial - it's very exciting and it's really fun to spot some of the uncredited actors in it, especially Gene Autry and Smiley Burnette, and, if someone else came out with a much better transfer, I would buy it.
I have not seen VCI's tape of this serial nor do I know of any other DVD release of it. Alpha Video's release is not so bad as to be totally avoided, but it is disappointing nonetheless. I had expected better.
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