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The Fighting Renegade (1939)

El Puma, a Mexican desert guide, escorts an archaeological expedition headed by Professor Lucious Lloyd (Forrest Taylor through the Indian badlands of Mexico. Marian (Joyce Bryant (I)'), ... See full summary »

Director:

Sam Newfield

Writer:

William Lively (original story and screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Tim McCoy ... Bill Carson posing as El Puma
Joyce Bryant ... Marian Willis
Ben Corbett ... Magpie
Ted Adams ... Link Benson
Budd Buster ... Old Dobie (as Bud Buster)
Dave O'Brien ... Dr. Jerry Leonard
Forrest Taylor ... Professor Lucius Lloyd
Reed Howes ... Sheriff
John Elliott ... Prospector (as John Elliot)
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Storyline

El Puma, a Mexican desert guide, escorts an archaeological expedition headed by Professor Lucious Lloyd (Forrest Taylor through the Indian badlands of Mexico. Marian (Joyce Bryant (I)'), the professor;s niece accompanies the party as only she can translate the Aztec writings in the diary of her father, murdered on a similar expedition six years previous. THe professor is murdered by a knife, and the weapon is recognized as the property of El Puma. Magpie (Ben Corbett), a Federal Investigtor, knows that El Puma is really "Lightnin' Bill' Carson (Tim McCoy), a former federal agent who has been missing since Marian's father was slain. The reluctant Magpie believes that his old pal is guilty. Carson sets out to prove otherwise. Written by Les Adams (longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A LIGHTNING FAST ACTION DRAMA! (original poster-all caps) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hell Rider See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The earliest documented telecasts of this film took place in New York City Thursday 28 October 1948 on WATV (Channel 13) and in Los Angeles Saturday 19 November 1949 on KFI (Channel 9). See more »

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Remake of Hidden Valley (1932) See more »

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Bury the film, dig up the treasure
21 April 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Tim McCoy stars in this D western from a poverty row outfit called Victory Pictures headed by that noted King of the B film Sam Katzman. The sloppy editing and incoherent story trademarks of Katzman work is present in The Fighting Renegade.

As the story has it, McCoy plays cowboy hero Bill Carson, but here he's going by the name of notorious Mexican bandit El Puma. His accent is a cross between Bill Dana as Jose Jimenez and the Frito Bandito. I've heard some cheesy imitations before and one of McCoy's talents not was as an impressionist.

McCoy is keeping tabs on an archaeological expedition to seek out Aztec buried treasure and at the same time clear himself of a murder charge. That he's a fugitive is why McCoy is in disguise.

Tim McCoy had seen some much better days during the silent era and would again be doing at least a better grade of B westerns. This one is something I'm sure he would have liked buried.


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