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Vigilantes of Boomtown (1947)

Passed | | Western | 15 February 1947 (USA)
The ranch of Red Ryder and his aunt, The Duchess, is being used as the training site for "Gentleman Jim" Corbett for his upcoming fight in Carson City, Nevada for the heavyweight championship against Bob Fitzsimmons.


R.G. Springsteen


Earle Snell (original screenplay), Fred Harman (based on comic strip by)




Cast overview:
Allan Lane ... Red Ryder
Robert Blake ... Little Beaver (as Bobby Blake)
Martha Wentworth ... Duchess Wentworth
Roscoe Karns ... Billy Delaney
Roy Barcroft ... McKean
Peggy Stewart ... Molly McVey
George Tumer George Tumer ... Jim Corbett
Eddie Lou Simms Eddie Lou Simms ... Eddie
George Chesebro ... Henchman Dink
Bobby Barber ... Corbett's Second
George Lloyd ... Thug Hired by Molly
Ted Adams ... Sheriff
John Dehner ... Bob Fitzsimmons
Earle Hodgins ... Nevada Governor


The ranch of Red Ryder (Allan Lane) and his aunt, The Duchess (Martha Wentworth), is being used as the training site for "Gentleman Jim" Corbett (George Turner) for his upcoming fight in Carson City, Nevada for the heavyweight championship against Bob Fitzsimmons (John Dehner). Molly McVey (Peggy Stewart), the daughter of a U.S. Senator, crusading against prize-fighting in Nevada, complicates matters soemwhat when she conceives the bright idea of having Corbett kidnapped, thus causing the cancellation of the fight. The two men (George Chesebro and George Lloyd) she hires to do the kidnapping also add to the complications by kidnapping Ryder instead of Corbett. Meanwhile, a gang of crooks, led by McKean (Roy Barcroft), descend on the town intent on looting the town and also making off with the fight proceeds. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The Caper of the Gate
23 September 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

One of the earliest surviving motion pictures is that of the Corbett-Fitzsimmons heavyweight championship bout held in Carson City, Nevada in 1897. That historic event is the backdrop of this film Vigilantes Of Boomtown where some crooks are planning to steal the gate proceeds from the fight.

Boxing at the time was illegal in many places, but not for the most part in the rough and tumble west. Why Peggy Stewart is so adamantly opposed to the fight is beyond me. But that's part of the plot.

The Corbett camp is using the Duchess's ranch as their training camp so Red Ryder and Little Beaver get into the plot that way. There's also perennial western villain at Republic Studios Roy Barcroft who has some history with Red Ryder and is hoping to meet up with him and settle accounts at the same time he pulls off the caper of the gate.

Roscoe Karns has a really nice role as Billy Delaney, Corbett's legendary manager who Stewart's dog takes a real 'liking' to.

Still Vigilantes Of Boomtown is a subpar entree in the Red Ryder series.

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Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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