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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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Maurice Geraghty (screen play by)

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Complete credited cast:
Douglass Dumbrille ... Pecos Bill - aka Ben Wade (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Sidney Toler ... Frosty Kilburn
Russell Hayden ... Wils Moore
Stanley Andrews ... William Bellounds
Weldon Heyburn ... Jack Bellounds
Charlotte Field Charlotte Field ... Collie Wade (as Charlotte Fields)
Monte Blue ... Cap Folsom
Earl Dwire ... Sheriff Burley (as Earl Dwyer)
Glenn Strange ... Cramer - Henchman
Jack Rockwell ... Lem
Leo J. McMahon Leo J. McMahon ... Montana - Cowhand
Arch Hall Sr. 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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Release Date:

21 September 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mark of the Avenger See more »

Filming Locations:

Tucson, Arizona, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Harry Sherman Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Wide Range System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The 20 Zane Grey stories sold by Paramount to Favorite Films for theatrical re-release, and then to Unity Television Corporation for television broadcast are as follows: The Light of Western Stars/Winning the West (1930), Fighting Caravans/Blazing Arrows (1931), Heritage of the Desert/When the West Was Young (1932), The Mysterious Rider/The Fighting Phantom (1933), The Thundering Herd/Buffalo Stampede (1933), Man of the Forest/Challenge of the Frontier (1933), To the Last Man/Law of Vengeance (1933), Wagon Wheels/Caravans West (1934), Rocky Mountain Mystery/The Fighting Westerner (1935), Drift Fence/Texas Desperadoes (1936), Desert Gold/Desert Storm (1936), The Arizona Raiders/Bad Men of Arizona (1936), Arizona Mahoney/Arizona Thunderbolt (1936), Forlorn River/River of Destiny (1937), Thunder Trail/Thunder Pass (1937), Born to the West/Hell Town (1937), The Mysterious Rider/Mark of the Avenger (1938), Heritage of the Desert/Heritage of the Plains (1939), Knights of the Range/Bad Men of Nevada (1940), and The Light of Western Stars/Border Renegade (1940). See more »


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Douglas Dumbrille is the Good Guy
10 September 2017 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Douglas Dumbrille played a lot of villains and pompous targets for comics, but in one or two westerns, he got to play a good guy. In THE MYSTERIOUS RIDER, from a Zane Grey story, he's Pecos Bill, who's heading back to his old stomping grounds. He's working under a fake name, because he's wanted for murder.

It takes half an hour for the details of this story to come out, and another half hour to settle matters, but he's surprisingly warm and straightforward and competent here. There are also a few people playing roles that will surprise you. Sidney Toler shows up as Dumbrille's amiable and nasty sidekick who turns out to be a cook, and Russel Hayden takes a break from the Hopalong Cassidy franchise.

Some good location shooting in the Arizona dessert caps off this Harry Sherman production for Paramount. Doubtless he got to spend more money than a Poverty Row B producer, but it shows on the screen.

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