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Ride a Crooked Mile (1938)

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Ride a Crooked Mile is a 1938 American Western film directed by Alfred E. Green and written by Jack Moffitt and Ferdinand Reyher. The film stars Akim Tamiroff, Leif Erickson, Frances Farmer... See full summary »


Alfred E. Green


Ferdinand Reyher (original story and screenplay), Jack Moffitt (original story and screenplay)


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Cast overview:
Akim Tamiroff ... Mike Balan
Leif Erickson ... Johnny Simpkins
Frances Farmer ... Trina
Lynne Overman ... Oklahoma
John Miljan ... Lt. Col. Stuart
J.M. Kerrigan ... Sgt. Flynn
Vladimir Sokoloff ... Glinka
Genia Nikolaieva ... Marie Simpkins
Wade Crosby ... George Rotz
Robert Gleckler ... Prison Warden
Nestor Paiva ... Leroyd
Archie Twitchell ... Byrd
Steve Pendleton ... Bilks
Fred Kohler Jr. ... Cpl. Bresline


Ride a Crooked Mile is a 1938 American Western film directed by Alfred E. Green and written by Jack Moffitt and Ferdinand Reyher. The film stars Akim Tamiroff, Leif Erickson, Frances Farmer, Lynne Overman, John Miljan and J. M. Kerrigan. The film was released on December 9, 1938, by Paramount Pictures.

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Release Date:

9 December 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sangue de Cossaco See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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Frances Farmer's only film with husband Leif Erickson
31 March 2001 | by jmk56See all my reviews

Another completely peculiar film from Paramount, ostensibly made to capitalize on Akim Tamiroff's growing reputation, but of interest today mostly for the only screen pairing of then-married Frances Farmer and Leif Erickson (billed as Erikson in the film). This film takes the cake plot-wise, dealing with former Cossacks (whatever those are!) who have become cattle rustlers in the USA. Erickson plays the estranged son of Tamiroff, who has to choose between helping his father escape from Leavenworth or pursuing a military career. Farmer, in one of her more interesting screen roles, plays a Russian emigre saloon singer (there must have been a lot of those, don't you think?), doing a credible accent (much like her radio appearance with Errol Flynn in "British Agent"), and singing a wonderful duet in Russian with Leif (who was a professional singer before breaking into movies). The press materials for this film actually spend a lot of time mentioning Farmer's recent stage success with "Golden Boy" (even naming her braided hairstyle "The Golden Girl"), pretty much relegating Erickson and even Tamiroff to the sidelines. A strange, strange motion picture, but indispensable for Farmer fans.

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