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The Fighting Redhead (1949)

Red Ryder gets a telegram from his old friend Dan O'Connor asking for help in his fight against Faro Savage and his gang of rustlers. A gun dropped by Faro during a rustling raid makes Red ... See full summary »


Lewis D. Collins


Paul Franklin (original screenplay), Jerry Thomas (original screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Jim Bannon ... Red Ryder
Don Reynolds Don Reynolds ... Little Beaver (as Little Brown Jug)
Emmett Lynn ... Buckskin
Marin Sais ... Duchess
Peggy Stewart ... Sheila O'Connor
John Hart ... Faro Savage
Lane Bradford ... Henchman Windy
Forrest Taylor ... Dan O'Connor
Lee Roberts ... Henchman Goldie Grant
Bob Duncan Bob Duncan ... Sheriff
Sandy Sanders ... Ranch Hand Joe
Billy Hammond Billy Hammond ... Bill Evans
Spooky Reynolds Spooky Reynolds ... Mary - Joe's Daughter (as 'Spooky' Reynolds)


Red Ryder gets a telegram from his old friend Dan O'Connor asking for help in his fight against Faro Savage and his gang of rustlers. A gun dropped by Faro during a rustling raid makes Red and Sheila O'Connor, Dan's daughter, think they have ample proof against Faro but they are stymied by the law. Buckskin Blodgett and the Duchess, Red's aunt, find the body of O'Connor who was killed when Faro's men sent the sheriff out on a ruse. Sheila, discovered while rifling Faros office for evidence, escapes but not before she is recognized. Faro kills one of his own henchmen and then frames Sheila for the murder. Red and Little Beaver set out to clear Sheila and to try to find evidence against Faro and his gang. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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OUTLAW RULE TERRIFIES RANGE 'till Red Ryder writes the law in six-gun smoke! See more »




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Release Date:

5 October 1949 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Jack Schwarz Productions See more »
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Color (Cinecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


John Hart, who plays the "heavy" Faro Savage, was TV's Lone Ranger for 53 episodes from 1950 to 1953. See more »

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Not much fighting, but still a good oater.
21 November 2004 | by Mike-764See all my reviews

Faro Savage is trying to grab ahold of all the cattle he can and calls on rancher Dan O'Connor to help him cut down the fences of all the neighboring ranchers, so Savage can get ahold of all the roaming cattle. When O'Connor refuses Savage's offer, he decides to send a telegram to his friend Red Ryder to help him, despite the protests of O'Connor's daughter Sheila, who believes her family is too proud to accept help. When Savage kills a neighboring rancher, O'Connor discovers the gun, and plans to take it to the sheriff but he is later killed by Savage, right before Ryder arrives, and its up to Red, Buckskin, Little Beaver, and the Duchess to find the evidence against Savage. Decent Ryder entry, not as good as the Republic series, but able to hold his own. Bannon's interpretation seems to grow on me after awhile. The film has a decent finish, but does seem to move slowly up til then. The plot at the beginning with the rancher moving into Red's spread with his daughter is never brought up into the plot again. Rating, based on B westerns, 6.

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