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The Drifter (1944)

A Robin Hood-type outlaw (Buster Crabbe) rides the range and helps others. Another outlaw who looks just like him (also played by Crabbe) tries to cash in on the other outlaw's reputation.


Sam Newfield


Patricia Harper (story and screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Buster Crabbe ... Billy Carson / Drifter Davis
Falcon the Horse Falcon the Horse ... Billy's Horse (as Falcon)
Al St. John ... Fuzzy Q. Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St.John)
Carol Parker Carol Parker ... Sally Dawson
Jack Ingram ... Dirk Trent
Jimmy Aubrey ... Sheriff Perkins
Slim Whitaker ... Marshal Hodges
Ray Bennett ... Simms
Kermit Maynard ... Jack - Henchman
Roy Brent Roy Brent ... Sam - Henchman
George Chesebro ... Blackie - Henchman


Billy Carson discovers that "Drifter" Davis, an exact double, has been impersonating him in order to cover up a series of bank robberies. When the sheriff jails Davis, believing him to be Carson, Billy sees the chance to turn the tables and clear his name. He impersonates Davis and takes his place as a sharpshooter with the Sally Dawson Medicine Show that is traveling though the area. Just about the time that Billy gets a lead that ties up Dirk Trent, the show's publicity man, with the bank robberies, Billy's pal, Fuzzy Jones, causes complications by helping Davis escape from jail, thinking he is the real Billy Carson. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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P.R.C. Proudly Presents THE NEW KING OF THE WILD WEST...Buster Crabbe and His Horse "Falcon" See more »


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Release Date:

14 June 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tarzan contro Tarzan See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Shot in 1943, not released until 1944. See more »

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A good one
18 December 2010 | by Johnboy1221See all my reviews

This my favorite of all the Billy The kid movies Buster Crabbe made. Why? I always liked seeing him play a bad guy, and here we get a two-fer, as he plays dual roles, our hero, and his look-alike double bad guy.

He made three such films over the course of the series, but this one is the best, by far. If you don't have any of the series, this is the one to check out. Buster rocks! The bad guys need to get rid of Billy, and one of them just happens to find a guy who looks just like Billy (the drifter). Once Billy is safely tucked away in jail, wanted for robbery and murder, the only thing left for the ring-leaders is to get rid of the drifter. What they don't count on is that the real Billy has been broken out of jail, and gets to their hideout right after the drifter gets his payoff.

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