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The Fighting Gringo (1939)

Approved | | Western | 8 August 1939 (USA)
Ben Wallace is after Don Aliso's rancho. After falsifying his land survey, he frames him for murder. But Wallace has a dull-witted accomplice in Rance Potter and this is who Wade Barton ... See full summary »


David Howard


Oliver Drake (story and screen play)




Complete credited cast:
George O'Brien ... Wade Barton
Lupita Tovar ... Anita del Campo
Lucio Villegas Lucio Villegas ... Don Aliso del Campo
William Royle ... Ben Wallace
Glenn Strange ... Rance Potter
Slim Whitaker ... Monty Bates (as Slim Whittaker)
LeRoy Mason ... John Courtney
Mary Field ... Sandra Courtney
Martin Garralaga ... Pedro
Dick Botiller ... Jose
Bill Cody ... Sheriff Fred Warren (as Bill Cody Sr.)
Cactus Mack ... Utah
Chris-Pin Martin ... Felipe - Barber
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Ben Wallace is after Don Aliso's rancho. After falsifying his land survey, he frames him for murder. But Wallace has a dull-witted accomplice in Rance Potter and this is who Wade Barton thinks he can trick into a confession. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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ON TO SAN CARLOS! - the cry that struck stark terror through the bloodiest town of the gun-rules West!...Barton's Buckaroos are coming! It's a red-hot action smasheroo! See more »




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This film has been preserved by the Library of Congress. See more »


During the stagecoach chase and shoot-out at the beginning of the film, the driver is shot and slumps over. In the next shot of the stagecoach he is driving again. See more »


Written by Aaron González
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George O'Brien and his merry men
10 February 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Fighting Gringo stars George O'Brien and he's got himself a nice size posse for hire, but only to good people. They are a cross between Robin Hood and his merry men and the A-Team.

After stopping a stagecoach holdup and saving Lupita Tovar, O'Brien is made welcome at her hacienda where her brother Lucio Villegas runs things. Neighbor LeRoy Mason is trying to steal the property via a fixed survey. But Mason's foreman William Royle is after even more. He's pledged to marry Mason's sister and co-owner of the ranch Mary Field.

Royle during a struggle shoots Mason and then gets the blame thrown on Villegas. It's O'Brien who uses his brains more than anything else who straightens everything and justice prevails.

You have to love the way O'Brien plays Royle's henchman Glenn Strange like a piccolo. Best part of the film. George Peppard and the A-Team couldn't have done better.

Lots of action for any western fan and a dab of humor as well. Can't go wrong here.

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

8 August 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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