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Whirlwind Horseman (1938)

Ken and Happy, looking for their friend Cherokee, run into an outlaw gang led by Ritter who have been terrorizing the ranchers. Ken figures that one of the prominent citizens is the real ... See full summary »


Robert F. Hill (as Robert Hill)


George H. Plympton (screenplay) (as George Plympton)




Complete credited cast:
Ken Maynard ... Ken Morton
Tarzan Tarzan ... Tarzan - Ken's Horse
Joan Barclay ... Peggy Radford
Billy Griffith Billy Griffith ... Happy (as Bill Griffith)
Kenneth Harlan ... John Harper
Joseph W. Girard ... Jim Radford (as Joseph Girard)
Kenny Dix Kenny Dix ... Lonesome
Glenn Strange ... Bull - Henchman (as Glen Strange)
Roger Williams ... Ritter - Henchman
Dave O'Brien ... Slade - Henchman
Walter Shumway Walter Shumway ... Sheriff Blake (as Walter Shamway)
Budd Buster ... Cherokee Jake (as Bud Buster)
Lew Meehan ... Hank - Henchman


Ken and Happy, looking for their friend Cherokee, run into an outlaw gang led by Ritter who have been terrorizing the ranchers. Ken figures that one of the prominent citizens is the real boss and sets a trap to find him. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Rangeland riders wrecked by the battlin'est cowboy of them all!


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Release Date:

29 April 1938 (USA) See more »

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$15,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Written by Kenny Dix
Sung by Kenny Dix
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Surprisingly literate script and Joan Barclay: Who could ask for anything more?
27 April 2018 | by morrisonhimselfSee all my reviews

Ken Maynard gave one of his best performances in this very good B Western story that was also well directed by Robert F. Hill.

An excellent gang of cowboys help make this an exciting and thoroughly enjoyable movie, and be sure to watch Budd (known here as "Bud") Buster in a role that gives him some room and that might remind you of George "Gabby" Hayes -- surely one of Buster's best performances, out of the hundreds he gave.

Ken's sidekick is played by Billy (here "Bill") Griffith, of whom I knew nothing previously, and who seems to be best known for TV roles. He is not so silly or over the top as too many B sidekicks have been.

Joan Barclay, though, was one of the most talented and simply adorable of the B Western leading ladies. She reportedly didn't care a lot about being a big star and was happy just keeping busy. IMDb shows 85 credits, but with her beauty and talent, there should be more than twice that. Supposedly, by her own account, that she refused the casting couch -- which was kept busy even in the pre-Harvey Weinstein days -- might well have been an obstacle to a busier career. Our loss.

Writer George H. Plympton has more than 300 credits here at IMDb, although some seem to have been duplicated. Regardless, he was quite the busy -- and talented -- writer. And, in this script, he helped make the players show themselves A quality. He gives clever and even literate dialogue to this excellent cast.

Two complaints: I just hate to see Dave O'Brien as a bad guy, and the print I saw at YouTube is in pretty bad shape. But it's still very much worth watching. I highly recommend it.

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