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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 »


Lesley Selander


Maurice Geraghty (screen play by)




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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This is one of 20 Zane Grey stories, filmed by Paramount in the 1930s, which they sold to Favorite Films for re-release, circa 1950-1952. The failure of Paramount, the original copyright holder, to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »


About 46 minutes in, Collie rides up to Red at the dog kennel.. She calls him Frosty. 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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Release Date:

21 September 1938 (USA) See more »

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Mark of the Avenger See more »

Filming Locations:

Tucson, Arizona, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Wide Range System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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