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The Rider of the Law (1935)

Approved | | Western | 1 November 1935 (USA)
Bob Marlow is sent undercover to an Arizona town where an outlaw gang, comprised of the six Tolliver brothers, have taken over the town and terrorizing the citizens. He comes to town, ... See full summary »


Robert N. Bradbury


Jack Natteford (original story), Jack Natteford (screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Bob Steele ... Bob Marlow
Gertrude Messinger ... Ann Carver
Si Jenks ... Buffalo Brady
Lloyd Ingraham ... Colonel Carver
John Elliott ... Town Mayor
Earl Dwire ... Razor Tolliver
Forrest Taylor ... Gambler


Bob Marlow is sent undercover to an Arizona town where an outlaw gang, comprised of the six Tolliver brothers, have taken over the town and terrorizing the citizens. He comes to town, posing as an Eastern dude, and, through a series of incidents manages to get rid of three of the brothers, mostly through their own ineptness. The remaining brothers decide to get-while-the-gettin'-is good, rob the bank and head for the Mexican border. But Bob isn't far behind. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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ACTION! THRILLS! ROMANCE! DRAMA! (original ad- all caps)




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This film's earliest documented telecasts took place in Cincinnati Saturday 5 November 1949 on WLW-T (Channel 4), and in New York City Sunday 11 December 1949 on the DuMont Television Network's WABD (Channel 5). See more »


Remade as Marshal of Heldorado (1950) See more »

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An enjoyable small budget western
12 August 2018 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

For a 'B' western this film was not that bad. It had a nice script, some good acting plus there was some interesting comedy relief throughout the movie. The plot was that a small town in the west was having bank robberies. And during the robberies, the villains would shoot up the town and always kill the Marshal that was suppose to protect the money. With the town going through Marshals at a fast rate, this was not a job that many people wanted. Enter Buffalo Brady (Si Jenks),who is down on his luck, and he takes the job as Marshal. It is a thankless job that even the Mayor is preparing for another Marshal funeral.

It's not long before a meek stranger ,Bob Marlow (Bob Steele), comes to town looking for a place to stay. But do not judge Mr Marlow by his wimpy appearance. The viewer will learn that much more about the stranger and the real reason he comes to the lonely town.

In this typical western matinee movie, there is a lot of horse riding and endless pistol shooting. And at times, they are happening at the very same time. The added humor, mostly played by Buffalo Brady, gave the movie a well-rounded script. There is not many lulls in the program as the screen is full of action or some nice hi-jinks by the players. Some of the effects were rather lame as when the main villain is knocked down a steep hill. It was obviously an inserted dummy but instead of cutting away to another character and then returning to see the villain - they opted to splice the film at the point the dummy stops falling and insert the real character. There is a noticeable splice in the film that makes the user remember they are watching 'skid row' production.

But overall it served it purpose, an entertaining western that was enjoyable to watch.

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1 November 1935 (USA) See more »

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El paladín de la Ley See more »

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Supreme Pictures See more »
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1.37 : 1
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