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The Revenge Rider (1935)

Approved | | Western | 18 March 1935 (USA)
When Tim learns that Harmon has shipped rustled cattle under his ranch's brand, he puts him in a locked room to confess and name Kramer as the man that forced him to do it. Tim returns to ... See full summary »


David Selman


Ford Beebe (story), Ford Beebe (screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Tim McCoy ... Tim O'Neil
Robert Allen ... Chad Harmon
Billie Seward ... Myra Harmon
Edward Earle ... Kramer
Jack Rube Clifford Jack Rube Clifford ... Matt Ludlow (as Jack Clifford)
Frank Sheridan ... Jed Harmon
Jack Mower ... Deputy Vance
George C. Pearce ... Dr. Lindsay (as George Pearce)
Allan Sears Allan Sears ... Henchman Lynch
Harry Semels Harry Semels ... Henchman Rankin


When Tim learns that Harmon has shipped rustled cattle under his ranch's brand, he puts him in a locked room to confess and name Kramer as the man that forced him to do it. Tim returns to find the room locked from the inside, Harmon on the floor, and a suicide note on the table. He now has to prove that it was murder and Kramer is guilty. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Rough-riding---Fast-Shooting - THRILLS! (original poster) See more »




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Release Date:

18 March 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alias John Law See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of over a hundred Columbia features, mostly Westerns, sold to Hygo Television Films in the 1950s, who marketed them under the name of Gail Pictures; opening credits were redesigned, with some titles misspelled, the credit order of the players rearranged, some names misspelled, and new end titles attached, thus eliminating any evidence of their Columbia roots. Apparently, the original material was not retained in most of the cases, and the films have survived, even in the Sony library, only with these haphazardly created replacement opening and end credits. See more »


Remade as Riders of Black River (1939) See more »

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Solid Tim McCoy Western
14 April 2015 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

This Tim McCoy western shows the Columbia B western unit at its best, with a fine script by Ford Beebe and the impeccable cinematography of Benjamin Kline.

Kline was an old hand at westerns. He was the Director of Photography on a couple of Tom Mix westerns during his peak in the early 1920s and continued working through 1972 -- his last credit was for a TV western movie. In between he rarely worked in the As, but turned in solid work on everything he worked on, from the Three Stooges to a lot of television work. Notice, if you will, the dramatic side lighting here -- a forerunner of Film Noir camera-work.

Ford Beebe's script offers some interesting, conflicted roles to Frank Sheridan and Robert Allen. If director David Selman seems more comfortable directing the visuals than the dialogue, the result is still an entertaining hour of western action with a locked-room puzzle thrown in.

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