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Lightning Carson Rides Again (1938)

Approved | | Western | 10 October 1938 (USA)
Lightning Carson's nephew has been falsely accused of murder. To get in with the gang, Lightning poses as a Mexican. He also appears as himself making his costume changes at his sister's ... See full summary »


Sam Newfield


Isadore Bernstein (story and screenplay) (as E.R. O'Dasi)

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Complete credited cast:
Tim McCoy ... Lightning Bill Carson aka Jose Fernandez (as Colonel Tim McCoy)
Joan Barclay ... Sally - Paul Smith's Sweetheart
Ted Adams ... Chuck
Bob Terry ... Paul Smith - Carson's Nephew
Forrest Taylor ... Gunfight Henchman
Ben Corbett ... Henchman Shorty
Slim Whitaker ... Saloon Owner (as Slim Whittiker)
Frank Wayne Frank Wayne ... Bank Cashier
Jane Keckley Jane Keckley ... Katherine Smith, Carson's Sister (as Jane Keckly)
Karl Hackett Karl Hackett ... Gray -Banker
Reed Howes ... Henchman Jim
Frank LaRue ... Sheriff Armstrong
James Flavin ... Justice Department Agent (as James Flaven)


Lightning Carson's nephew has been falsely accused of murder. To get in with the gang, Lightning poses as a Mexican. He also appears as himself making his costume changes at his sister's ranch. Just as he about to bring in the gang, a henchman finds evidence of his masquerade and arrives to expose the hoax. Written by Maurice VanAuken <vanauken@comcast.net>

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A Fast-Moving Drama Of The West...Teeming With Action, Adventure And Thrills! See more »










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10 October 1938 (USA) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The earliest documented telecast of this film in the New York City area occurred Saturday 3 June May 1944 on pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1); post WWII television viewers got their first look at it in both New York City and Baltimore Sunday 19 December 1948 on WCBS (Channel 2) and on WMAR (Channel 2). See more »


Follows Lightnin' Bill Carson (1936) See more »

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José is here!
3 April 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I few weeks ago, I saw a Tim McCoy film where he played a character named 'Lightning Bill Carson' and I had an absolute ball. While normally I expect very little out of a B-western starring the likes of Gene Autry, Roy Rogers or Tim McCoy (they are fun but VERY inconsequential), I was surprised how good it was...and that McCoy was a much better actor than I'd expected. In this film ("Code of the Cactus"), the played dual roles--Carson as well as going undercover as a Mexican bandit, José--and he did a very good job in both roles. So when I found out that there were about a half dozen Lighting Bill films, I was thrilled and had to see "Lightning Carson Rides Again".

Like the other film, this one is set in the present day--with cars and other modern touches you would not expect to see in a western--though it was VERY typical in films by his contemporaries. It begins with a group of crooks bushwhacking a couple guys in a car out west. One is killed and the other (a relative of Lightning Bill Carson) escapes the hail of bullets. However, the gang members swear that they saw this brother kill the other guy--so he's forced to go into hiding. Then, Lighting Bill comes to town to prove that his brother is not the killer...and he poses as the wonderful José to prove the man's innocence.

This film is once again quite enjoyable--though I did like "Code of the Cactus" a bit more. Still, because of the quality of the film, I can't wait to try to see the rest. They are clearly better than the typical film of the genre due to better acting and no sappy songs.

Also, if you have a chance, read the IMDb biography on McCoy--what an interesting fellow.

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