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The Mysterious Rider (1938)

Approved | | Action, Crime, Drama | 21 September 1938 (USA)
Ben Wade and his partner Frosty return to Bellounds' ranch where twenty years earlier Wade was wanted for murder. Unrecognized, he gets a job on the ranch and soon becomes involved in ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
... Pecos Bill - aka Ben Wade (as Douglas Dumbrille)
... Frosty Kilburn
... Wils Moore
... William Bellounds
... Jack Bellounds
Charlotte Field ... Collie Wade (as Charlotte Fields)
... Cap Folsom
... Sheriff Burley (as Earl Dwyer)
... Cramer - Henchman
... Lem
Leo J. McMahon ... Montana - Cowhand
Arch Hall Sr. ... Andrews - Rancher (as Arch Hall)


Ben Wade and his partner Frosty return to Bellounds' ranch where twenty years earlier Wade was wanted for murder. Unrecognized, he gets a job on the ranch and soon becomes involved in Folsom's cattle rustling and a chance to settle an old score. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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21 September 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mark of the Avenger  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Wide Range System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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When it this film was nationally re-released in 1950 by Favorite Films, it was often shown in tandem with the re-release of _The Light of Western Stars_ (1940). See more »


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Douglass Dumbrille and Sidney Toler as cowboys! In an excellent film
7 May 2015 | by See all my reviews

It's a truism, more true in Hollywood than anywhere else, that the book is better than the movie.

Not, I'm finding frequently, when it comes to Zane Grey books.

"Mysterious Rider" was the rather generic title of Grey's book that was made as "Mark of the Avenger," also a rather generic title.

Again, Maurice Geraghty turned an excellent story into an even better screenplay, with enjoyable dialog moving along the exciting action.

Douglas Dumbrille as a cowboy ... I still am having some difficulty fully accepting it, but by gosh he was great! He was as at ease as any long-time cowboy star and thoroughly believable, because he was a star-quality actor, one of the best.

Sidney Toler, whom I had seen once recently in a similar best-pal role, still surprised me: He was perfect!

He and Dumbrille are just excellent actors, likable and believable in roles that are not what they were or became famous for. Excellent.

Russ Hayden is again a good-looking, likable, downright perfect cowboy, a fine actor in parts like this, and who should have become one of the biggest cowboy stars.

There are other superb actors, and some familiar cowboy faces, that make this an almost perfect movie, one I watched in a rather poor-quality print at YouTube, but which I would watch again.

There might be better prints around, and I hope you find one, but I really hope you get to see this excellent B western, well directed, well photographed motion picture that should leave you as it did me, thoroughly satisfied and ready for more.

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