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The Vanishing Riders (1935)

Passed | | Western | 3 July 1935 (USA)
Sheriff Bill Jones, in the line of duty, kills outlaw Joe Land and adopts his young son, Tim. They come upon a former silver boomtown, reputed to be haunted, whose only inhabitant is Hiram ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert F. Hill (as Bob Hill)

Writer:

Oliver Drake
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Complete credited cast:
Bill Cody ... Bill Jones
Bill Cody Jr. ... Tim Lang
Ethel Jackson Ethel Jackson ... Joan Stanley
Hal Taliaferro ... Wolf Lawson (as Wally Wales)
Donald Reed ... Frank Stanley
Budd Buster ... Hiram McDuff
Roger Williams ... Joe Lang
Ace Cain Ace Cain ... Kentuck - Henchman
Colin Chase ... Luke - Henchman
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Sheriff Bill Jones, in the line of duty, kills outlaw Joe Land and adopts his young son, Tim. They come upon a former silver boomtown, reputed to be haunted, whose only inhabitant is Hiram McDuff, a friend of Bill's. Ranch owner Joan Stanley hires Bill and Tim. Her father has been killed by the gang of Wolf Larson. By mistake, McDuff hires the Larson gang on as ranch hands for Joan. They plan to steal the stock while Bill is away. Tim overhears the plot and informs Bill. Bill and Tim use ghost makeup, skeleton sheets (even outfitting their horses with skeleton-looking blankets) and tricks to rout the superstitious gang members... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Western

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Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 July 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cavaleiro Invisível See more »

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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This film received its earliest documented telecasts in the New York City area Thursday 25 November 1948 on WATV (Channel 13), and in Cincinnati Wednesday 21 September 1949 on WCPO (Channel 7). See more »

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We're The Bandoliers
Written by Oliver Drake
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Pretty Bland Western
26 October 2015 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Vanishing Riders (1935)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Sheriff Bill Jones (Bill Cody) has to shoot a man in the line of duty and afterwards noticing that the man's son Tim (Bill Cody, Jr.) is going to be an orphan. The Sheriff agrees to take the boy as his own and soon the two of them are investigating an old haunted mine where bad guy Wolf Larson (Wally Wales) is working.

THE VANISHING RIDERS is a pretty bad "C" Western from the days where these type of films were probably being released weekly. This one here manages to have a few interesting moments throughout but there are just way too many bad ones to keep this thing from being better known. As you can tell, this was mainly a film where Cody and his son could share the screen but sadly this here is one of the weakest aspects. The sugar-coated cute scenes are just annoying and come across more laughable than anything else.

The actual performances aren't anything too special either with both Cody's coming across rather bland. Wales doesn't make for much of a bad guy either but I will say Bud Buster gets a few funny lines as the sidekick. The one thing that does somewhat work are the horror elements including the various talks about the mine being haunted as well as the ending where we get a lot of characters dresses up as skeletons. Still, THE VANISHING RIDERS doesn't have enough going for it to make it worth viewing.


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