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Code of the Saddle (1947)

John and Winks, investigating a range war, quickly find that the Sheriff is the culprit. When they bring in a killer he is released. But when another rancher is killed by the Sheriff's men, John and Winks are jailed.


Thomas Carr


Eliot Gibbons (original screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Johnny Mack Brown ... John Macklin
Raymond Hatton ... Winks
Riley Hill ... Bill Stace
Kay Morley ... Bess Bentham
William Bailey ... Sheriff Wallace (as Wm. Norton Bailey)
Zon Murray ... Deputy Rubio
Ted Adams ... Buck Stace
Bud Osborne ... Stubby - Foreman
Craig Duncan Craig Duncan ... Crooked Deputy (as Ken Duncan Jr.)
Gary Garrett Gary Garrett ... Randall - Henchman


Johnny Macklin and Winks, en route to the Benthan ranch to investigate a range war, stay overnight at the ranch of Buck Stace on an invitation from Buck's son Bill. Johnny learns that most of the cattle have been stolen and Buck claims that Sheriff Wallace has proof that Benthan is responsible. Buck is killed that night. Johnny captures gunman Randall, who signs a confession that he was hired by Benthan, but he is actually employed by the Sheriff who is instigating the range war to further his own plans for the two ranches. The sheriff sets Randall free to stage another raid with Deputy Rubio. Johnny, Winks and Bill meet Bess Benthan, and find her dad and his cowhands murdered at their ranch camp. Rubio arrests Johnny, Winks and Bill for the killings, and orders Bess off of her Dad's ranch, which the outlaws take over. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Johnny Mack Brown rides the vengeance trail !
29 March 2007 | by revdrcacSee all my reviews

Johnny Mack Brown, the former gridiron star, headlines this standard Post WWII oater filmed at Gene Autry's Melody Ranch. Brown and grizzled saddle-pal Ray Hatton find themselves in the middle of a blazing Range War...... with no resolution in sight !

The acting here is pretty standard, but Brown is as personable and heroic as ever. Hatton makes a fine sidekick, meshing well with the aging Johnny Mack Brown. The film is unique in presenting a strong, admirable female lead.

While this is not classic cinema, The banter between the lead characters is quite fun and not a bad way to spend a lazy afternoon .......

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Release Date:

28 June 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lutando como um Bravo See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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