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Born to Battle (1935)

Approved | | Action , Western | 1 April 1935 (USA)
Good-natured troublemaker "Cyclone" Tom Saunders is hired by a ranchers' association manager to investigate recent cattle rustling at one of their ranches and to see if a pair of nesters ... See full summary »


Harry S. Webb


Oliver Drake (story), Rose Gordon (continuity) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Tom Tyler ... Cyclone Tom Saunders
Jean Carmen Jean Carmen ... Betty Powell
Earl Dwire ... George Powell
Julian Rivero ... Pablo Carranza
Nelson McDowell ... Lem Blinky Holt
William Desmond ... John Brownell (as Bill Desmond)
Richard Alexander ... Nate (as Dick Alexander)
Charles King ... Jim Larmer
Ralph Lewis ... Justice Hiram McClump
Ben Corbett ... Deputy


Good-natured troublemaker "Cyclone" Tom Saunders is hired by a ranchers' association manager to investigate recent cattle rustling at one of their ranches and to see if a pair of nesters have anything to do with it. After discovering the nesters, pretty Betty Powell and her rickety old father, are incapable of rustling, Tom instead turns his attention to the huge, swaggering bully of a foreman, Nate Lenox. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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THE WESTERN CYCLONE! (original poster-all caps) See more »


Action | Western


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1 April 1935 (USA) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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This film is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-46. Because of poor documentation (feature films were often not identified by title in conventional sources) no record has yet been found of its initial television broadcast. Its earliest post-WWII telecasts took place in Atlanta Saturday 5 February 1949 on WSB (Channel 8), in Los Angeles Saturday 19 February 1949 on KTSL (Channel 2), in Cincinnati, where it was shown in 2 parts, Monday-Tuesday 6-7 June 1949 on WKRC (Channel 11), in Philadelphia Wednesday 30 November 1949 on WFIL (Channel 6), and in New York City Tuesday 19 December 1950 on WATV (Channel 13). See more »


Edited into Six Gun Theater: Born to Battle (2015) See more »

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Hell Raiser
19 December 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

When Tom Tyler comes to town his reputation as a hell raiser precedes him. Soon enough he proves that to be true and gets hired as a range detective by the ranch manager to see who's been rustling cattle. Suspicion and accusations have been raised against Earl Dwire and his daughter Jean Carmen.

There's no way an old man and his daughter have been doing all the cattle rustling they're accused of. But they are unwelcome homesteaders and a lot can be justified against them. But not when Tom Tyler's around to see they get a square deal.

This western is yet from another poverty row outfit called Reliable Pictures. The more I watch these B westerns from the 30s and 40s I'm convinced you could not see them all in a lifetime.

It's OK for the Saturday matinée crowd, but nothing special.

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