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Rocky Mountain Mystery (1935)

The heirs of the dying owner of a valuable radium mine are being murdered as a mining engineer tries to unccover the killer and clear his cousin's name.

Director:

Charles Barton

Writers:

Edward E. Paramore Jr. (screenplay), Ethel Doherty (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Randolph Scott ... Larry Sutton
Charles 'Chic' Sale ... Deputy Tex Murdock
Mrs. Leslie Carter Mrs. Leslie Carter ... Mrs. Borg
George F. Marion ... James Ballard (as George Marion Sr.)
Kathleen Burke ... Flora Ballard
Ann Sheridan ... Rita Ballard
James Eagles James Eagles ... John Borg (as James C. Eagles)
Howard Wilson Howard Wilson ... Fritz Ballard
Willie Fung ... Ling Yat
Florence Roberts ... Mrs. Ballard
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A mining engineer teams up with a crusty deputy sheriff to solve the mystery killings at an old mine where the owner's family waits for him to die, and where a valuable radium strike may have been made. Written by Rick Johnson <rickdjohnson@seanet.com>

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Genres:

Mystery | Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fighting Westerner See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The 20 Zane Grey stories sold by Paramount to Favorite Films for theatrical re-release, and then to Unity Television Corporation for television broadcast are as follows: The Light of Western Stars/Winning the West (1930), Fighting Caravans/Blazing Arrows (1931), Heritage of the Desert/When the West Was Young (1932), The Mysterious Rider/The Fighting Phantom (1933), The Thundering Herd/Buffalo Stampede (1933), Man of the Forest/Challenge of the Frontier (1933), To the Last Man/Law of Vengeance (1933), Wagon Wheels/Caravans West (1934), Rocky Mountain Mystery/The Fighting Westerner (1935), Drift Fence/Texas Desperadoes (1936), Desert Gold/Desert Storm (1936), The Arizona Raiders/Bad Men of Arizona (1936), Arizona Mahoney/Arizona Thunderbolt (1936), Forlorn River/River of Destiny (1937), Thunder Trail/Thunder Pass (1937), Born to the West/Hell Town (1937), The Mysterious Rider/Mark of the Avenger (1938), Heritage of the Desert/Heritage of the Plains (1939), Knights of the Range/Bad Men of Nevada (1940), and The Light of Western Stars/Border Renegade (1940). See more »

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14 November 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Rocky Mountain Mystery (1935)

** (out of 4)

Randolph Scott stars in this "B" picture, which is based on a story by Zane Grey. In the film Scott has to go to a small mining town where murders are taking place for what appears to be a possible future inheritance. Scott must battle the bad guys, find out who the killer is and romance Ann Sheridan. This is a rather strange film that mixed with Western and Mystery genres together but the end result isn't as good as one would hope. The biggest problem are the incredibly low production values, which usually leaves all the action to one small place. There's never any scope to the film and the low budget doesn't leave much that the cast can do. In fact it seems like the budget is so low that they can't really do much of anything except talk. The mystery itself isn't too interesting but Scott does make the film worth watching. He's certainly not his classic self here but he is good enough for the film. Sheridan is decent in her role but still a little rough around the edges. This was director Barton's third film and of course he's go on to do several Abbott and Costello films. He handles the material here pretty well even though he doesn't have too much to work with.


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