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The Lone Rider (1930)

Passed | | Western | 13 July 1930 (USA)
Lanning heads a vigilante group till Farrell digs up some dirt which turns the vigilantes on him. To save his own reputation, Lanning must bring Farrell to trial.


Louis King


Frank Howard Clark (story), Forrest Sheldon (scenario) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Buck Jones ... Jim Lanning
Vera Reynolds ... Mary Stevens
Harry Woods ... Ed Farrell
George C. Pearce ... Judge Stevens (as George Pearce)


Outlaw Jim Lanning, known as "The Hell's River Kid", quits the gang of Ed Farrell. Planning to rob a stagecoach, he finds that Lanning's gang has beaten him to it but the coach horses bolt away before the job is completed. He and his horse Silver catch the coach and, as he is about to remove the strongbox, he sees passenger Mary Stevens, who thinks he is trying to rescue her. Loading the strongbox back onto the coach, he drives it to Gold City where he is thanked by Mary's father, Judge Stevens. Thinking him a hero, the town citizens, led by Corwin make him head of the Vigilance Committee to uphold the law and fight the bandits robbing the Gold City shipments. Jim, having fallen in love with Mary, decides to go straight and accept the honor. Judge Stevens, unknown to Jim, Mary or the citizens, knows his outlaw past, but keeps quiet, figuring Jim will be able to reform.Lanning's gang comes to town, captures Jim and frames him for the theft of a large gold shipment from the express ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

13 July 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Cavaleiro Solit√°rio See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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First sound picture for Buck Jones. See more »


Remade as Texas Gun Fighter (1932) See more »

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Singing Western
7 March 2015 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Note: this review is based on a later reissue. The version I saw had a Production Code certificate which indicated a rerelease in 1934 that might have been trimmed.

Buck Jones' first sound picture is an entertaining affair. Buck has been leading vigilantes, but dirt has been dug up on him and he must clear his name and woo Vera Reynolds (who strums a guitar and sings a couple of line). It's a plot that was reused several times. For this go-around, director Louis King (Henry King's brother) directs a lot of sequences with no dialogue, permitting the accomplished silent actors to perform well.

The sound, as you might expect at this stage, is not very good. There is a lot of hiss in the background, and voices are muffled. However cinematographer Ted McCord does a typically fine job and takes advantage of the dramatic and mountainous background to frame the shots It's clearly a B western, but everyone handles their work in the new sound era very well.

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