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Terror of the Plains (1934)

The man that framed Tom Lansing's father for murder is at a ghost town where no one is allowed in or out. Tom gets in by posing as an escaping outlaw with his sidekick Banty posing as the ... See full summary »


Harry S. Webb


Rose Gordon (story), Carl Krusada (dialogue)




Cast overview:
Tom Tyler ... Tom Lansing - Posing as Tom Smith
Roberta Gale ... Bess Roberts
William Gould ... Kirk Cramer - aka Butcher Wells (as Bill Gould)
Slim Whitaker ... Nevada - Henchman (as Charles Whitaker)
Fern Emmett ... Rose
Nelson McDowell ... Parson Jones
Frank Rice ... Banty - Tom's Sidekick
Ralph Lewis ... Dad Lansing
Robert Walker ... Sheriff
Murdock MacQuarrie ... Cole - Foreman (as Murdock McQuarrie)
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The man that framed Tom Lansing's father for murder is at a ghost town where no one is allowed in or out. Tom gets in by posing as an escaping outlaw with his sidekick Banty posing as the Sheriff that is chasing him. Tom learns that the boss Cramer is the man he is after but there is trouble when Banty later gets caught. Cramer holds a kangaroo court planning to kill Banty if he doesn't tell who his confederate is. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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This film is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-1946. Because of poor documentation (feature films were often not identified by title in conventional sources) no record has yet been found of its initial television broadcast. It's earliest documented Post-WWII telecasts took place in Atlanta Saturday 16 April 1949 on WSB (Channel 8), in Los Angeles Sunday 1 May 1949 on KTSL (Channel 2), in New York City Wednesday 23 November 1949 on WPIX (Channel 11), and in Philadelphia Wednesday 7 December 1949 on WFIL (Channel 6). See more »


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Inappropriate generic title and poor editing and script supervising still don't ruin good Tom Tyler actioner
8 April 2020 | by morrisonhimselfSee all my reviews

Good cowboy-movie players and a solid if routine story save this low-budget B Western.

Its title is downright ridiculous since the Plains are obviously hundreds of miles to the east.

Script supervising and editing were woefully lacking, and the fight scenes ... well, we've been spoiled by the choreographed battles and these, where the actors might well have hurt one another, just look like school-kids rough-housing.

Plus there are no sound effects of fist on jaw.

However, the story gets told otherwise pretty well, although it's admittedly possible that this fan of Tom Tyler is sometimes too soft in his reviews.

Tyler's leading lady is an adorable cutie, of some obvious acting talent, named Roberta Gale. She is shown at IMDb as having only 17 credits and her mini-biographer says she was bitter about her career. I think we can be too because with all her assets, she should have been busier.

Playing the bad guys were several men who well fit their roles, able to show believable menace and perform the necessary action.

Pardon me for a quirk: The two men most often posted as guards at the entrance to the hideout were both lefties. Why I notice things like that, I just don't know. But it does seem unusual for two left-handed riflemen to be stationed together.

Murdock MacQuarrie, Fern Emmett, Nelson McDowell, and, as "Nevada," the great Slim Whitaker -- here billed as Charles Whitaker -- help make this such a good cast. Some of the other and uncredited greats include Herman Hack, Budd Buster, and Silver Tip Baker.

With such a cast, you know the production flaws won't prevent you from seeing a darn good B Western. There's a mediocre print at YouTube presented by Westerns on the Web, for whom I am so very grateful.

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22 November 1934 (USA) See more »

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Bajo el cielo del oeste See more »

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