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Devil Riders (1943)

Passed | | Western | 5 November 1943 (USA)
A crooked lawyer and his gang are trying to steal some government land meant for a stagecoach company. The company hires a cowboy to stop them.

Director:

Sam Newfield

Writer:

Joseph O'Donnell (original story and screenplay) (as Joe O'Donnell)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Buster Crabbe ... Billy Carson
Falcon Falcon ... Billy's Horse
Al St. John ... Fuzzy Q. Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John)
Patti McCarty Patti McCarty ... Sally Farrell (as Patti McCarthy)
Charles King ... Del Stone
John Merton ... Jim Higgins
Kermit Maynard ... Red - Henchman
Frank LaRue ... Tom Farrell
Jack Ingram ... Turner - Henchman
George Chesebro ... Curley
Ed Cassidy ... Replaced (credit only)
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Storyline

In the first of the "Billy Carson" series, Mesa City is all set to welcome the new stagecoach coming through on its first trip after Tom Farrell (Frank LaRue),of the Farrell Stagecoach Company has secured permission from the government to run a road through the bad lands. There is a good-natured rivalry between Farrell and Billy Carson ('Buster CRabbe'), who operates the Pony Express,and whose pony-express-road parallels the new stagecoach line. Jim Higgins (John Merton), crooked lawyer in the employ of Del Stone (Charles King), whose plans to grab rich land is thwarted by Farrell's stagecoach line. Stone has four henchmen attack the coach, whose passenger is Sally Farrell (Patti McCarty), Farrell's daughter. Billy, riding his pony express route, cuts in between the pursuing henchies and the stagecoach, and climbs on top of the stagecoach, takes the rifle from the driver, Jed Clark (Hank Bell), and laying flat on the roof fires at and kills two of the bandits and the other two ride ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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KING OF THE WILD WEST...And His Horse FALCON (original posters) See more »

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Western

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Trivia

The earliest documented telecast of this film in the New York City area was Wednesday 29 September 1948 on WATV (Channel 13), which broadcast from Newark, New Jersey, and was the first independent television station in the New York City market. See more »

Connections

Remade as Stagecoach Driver (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

It Don't Mean Anything Now
(uncredited)
Written by Lew Porter and J.F. Tableporter
Sung by Tex Williams and the Big Slicker Band
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From Bonney to Carson
8 June 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Devil Riders finds Buster Crabbe with a change of last name, from Bonney to Carson. No longer would his Billy The Kid past and reputation need explanation, from now on Crabbe would be Billy Carson the rest of the series, just your average white hat cowboy hero.

This film has Crabbe riding for the Pony Express, but a new stagecoach line is coming into the area which will eventually mean the end for the Pony Express. No hard feelings, it's just progress.

But some villains want that land the stage goes over and will try to create a feud between the rivals. But when they're up against a genuine cowboy hero, better they not start the whole thing in the first place.

Devil Riders is highlighted by the guest appearance of Tex Williams one of the great country/western performers of his time doing a couple of numbers. It would have been nice if Williams had done his legendary classic Smoke Smoke Smoke That Cigarette. His record of that song which talks plaintively about nicotine addiction was a big seller a few years after Devil Riders came out. Phil Harris had a nice version of that song as well.

Nothing special here are than Billy is a full fledged hero and Tex Williams gives us a couple of songs.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Teufelsreiter von Mesa City See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1950s edited televison)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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