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Cavalry (1936)

Approved | | Action, Western | 5 October 1936 (USA)
Just after the Civil War, Captain Thorn is sent west to help protect the new telegraph line that is under construction. Leeds is out to establish an independent nation in the west and tries... See full summary »


Robert N. Bradbury


Robert N. Bradbury (original story), George H. Plympton (screen adaptation) (as George S. Plymton)

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Complete credited cast:
Bob Steele ... Captain Ted Thorne
Frances Grant ... Betty Lee Harvey
Karl Hackett Karl Hackett ... Gavin Rance
Hal Price ... Horace Leeds
Earle Ross Earle Ross ... Colonel Lafe Harvey (as Earl Ross)
Ed Cassidy ... Bart Haines (as Edward Cassidy)
William Welsh William Welsh ... General John Harvey
Budd Buster ... Wagon Boss / President Lincoln (as Bud Buster)


Just after the Civil War, Captain Thorn is sent west to help protect the new telegraph line that is under construction. Leeds is out to establish an independent nation in the west and tries stop its construction and also incoming wagon trains by inciting the Indians to attack both of them. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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WHO DARES BATTLE THE CRIME KING OF THE WEST! (Print ad- Fort Dodge Messenger and Chroncle,((Ft. Dodge, Iowa)) 29 April 1937) See more »


Action | Western


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Release Date:

5 October 1936 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Kernville, California, USA

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Supreme Pictures See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Edited into Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch (1976) See more »


The Old Folks At Home (Swanee River)
Written by Stephen Foster
Sung by wagon train group
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An "8" on the Matinee Scale
10 February 2018 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Lively oater with a storyline fit for an A-production. In fact, budget-minded Republic went all out hiring extras and riding them around Kernville locations. Plot-wise, the Civil War has ended and folks are moving west for a new life. Trouble is some southern anti-Unionists are conspiring for a separate new country in the West, and are colluding with Indians to establish it. Union army's Capt. Thorne (Steele) is assigned to thwart the separatist plans.

Steele plays it fairly straight, no steely glares he was later so good at. Also, he gets one really acrobatic fight scene, along with a winsome leading lady, Grant, as diversion from all the ugly guys. I don't know how much action is from stock shots, but the many story threads are woven smoothly together, quite a feat especially for director Bradbury who's also Steele's real life dad.

In passing-- note how respectfully both Civil War sides, North and South, are treated; plus, how happy the ex-slaves appear to stay on the plantation. I doubt this thread would pass today's muster.

Anyway, it's a superior oater, sure to entertain all front-row kids, past and present.

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