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Born to Battle (1935)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Romance | 1 April 1935 (USA)
Good-natured troublemaker "Cyclone" Tom Saunders is hired by a ranchers' association manager to investigate recent cattle rustling at one of their ranches and to see if a pair of nesters ... See full summary »


Harry S. Webb


Oliver Drake (story), Carl Krusada (dialogue) (as Carl Hartman)




Complete credited cast:
Tom Tyler ... Tom 'Cyclone' Saunders
Jean Carmen Jean Carmen ... Betty Powell
Earl Dwire ... George Powell
Julian Rivero ... Pablo Carranza
Nelson McDowell ... Lem Blinky Holt
William Desmond ... John Brownell (as Bill Desmond)
Richard Alexander ... Nate (as Dick Alexander)
Charles King ... Jim Larmer
Ralph Lewis ... Justice Hiram McClump
Ben Corbett ... Deputy


Good-natured troublemaker "Cyclone" Tom Saunders is hired by a ranchers' association manager to investigate recent cattle rustling at one of their ranches and to see if a pair of nesters have anything to do with it. After discovering the nesters, pretty Betty Powell and her rickety old father, are incapable of rustling, Tom instead turns his attention to the huge, swaggering bully of a foreman, Nate Lenox. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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THE WESTERN CYCLONE! (original poster-all caps) See more »


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1 April 1935 (USA) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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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 1945-46. 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. Its earliest post-WWII telecasts took place in Atlanta Saturday 5 February 1949 on WSB (Channel 8), in Los Angeles Saturday 19 February 1949 on KTSL (Channel 2), in Cincinnati, where it was shown in 2 parts, Monday-Tuesday 6-7 June 1949 on WKRC (Channel 11), in Philadelphia Wednesday 30 November 1949 on WFIL (Channel 6), and in New York City Tuesday 19 December 1950 on WATV (Channel 13). See more »


Edited into Six Gun Theater: Born to Battle (2015) See more »

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Good Natured Tyler B
15 April 2007 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Tom Tyler is today probably best remembered for playing the villainous Luke Plummer in John Ford's STAGECOACH. He starred in a series of B westerns in the mid-thirties, in which he was usually called 'Cyclone Tom'. Good talent behind the camera, including director Webb, screenwriter Oliver Drake and editor Fred Bain, make this a pleasant outing. The cast contains the usual expert western players and a couple of fine silent comedians -- including Max Davidson -- and the story, if it mostly consists of Tom trying to sort out misunderstandings as due to lack of communications, is expertly handled, with good humor and some good stuntwork. While this particular effort will probably not make new fans for the genre, if you have a taste for these westerns, you should be pleased. If not, it is still a decent time waster.

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