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Adventures of Red Ryder (1940)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 28 June 1940 (USA)
Mesquite banker Calvin Drake plans to profit from the Santa Fe Railroad's acquisition of right-of-way by gaining control of the land in the territory. In the ensuing war of intimidation ... See full summary »

Writers:

Fred Harman (based upon the NEA newspaper featre by), Franklin Adreon (original screenplay) (as Franklyn Adreon) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Don 'Red' Barry ... Red Ryder
Noah Beery ... Ace Hanlon
Tommy Cook ... Little Beaver
Maude Allen Maude Allen ... Duchess Ryder (as Maude Pierce Allen)
Vivian Austin ... Beth Andrews (as Vivian Coe)
Harry Worth ... Calvin Drake
Hal Taliaferro ... Cherokee Sims
William Farnum ... Colonel Tom Ryder [Ch. 1]
Bob Kortman ... One-Eye Chapin
Carleton Young ... Sheriff Dade
Ray Teal ... Henchman Shark [Chs. 1-2]
Gene Alsace ... Deputy Lawson
Gayne Whitman ... Harrison
Hooper Atchley ... Commissioner Treadway [Chs. 11-12]
John Dilson ... Hale - Rail Road Official [Ch. 1]
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Storyline

Mesquite banker Calvin Drake plans to profit from the Santa Fe Railroad's acquisition of right-of-way by gaining control of the land in the territory. In the ensuing war of intimidation against the ranchers, Ira Withers is killed and Red Ryder and his father, Colonel Tom Ryder, form an organization to drive the gunmen and outlaws out of the territory. Colonel Ryder is killed by One-Eye Chapin and Red vows vengeance. Sheriff Dade is in league with the Drake faction, including Ace Hanlon. The Duchess, Red's aunt, is about to lose her ranch. Red learns of a plan to dynamite a dam providing the water supply, and saves Beth Andrews, daughter of the former sheriff, Luke Andrews who was also murdered by Drake's men. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Your favorite ranger makes his screen debut in a blaze of six-gun thrills! (original print ad) See more »


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Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 June 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

As Aventuras de Red Ryder See more »

Filming Locations:

Lake Sherwood, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

It's the Buck Jones Daisy Rifle that has the compass and sundial. Not the Red Ryder Daisy Rifle, as shown in A Christmas Story (1983). See more »

Goofs

Chapter 11: Red has Cherokee's pistol with a rounded grip. After he shoots One-Eye, he carves a notch on a flat bottomed grip. See more »

Quotes

Red Ryder: Chapin doesn't even take a drink unless Hanlon tells him to.
Colonel Tom Ryder [Ch. 1]: If I only knew what was behind all this burning and shooting, I'd know how to fight.
Red Ryder: If you ask me, Hanlon's behind it. He always wanted rustlers rather than honest men around him.
Colonel Tom Ryder [Ch. 1]: Something more than that, son. Someone big is behind all this... someone mighty big.
Red Ryder: Well big or little, let's smoke him out and put a rope brand on his neck.
Colonel Tom Ryder [Ch. 1]: Oh, somebody will swing for it all right. When the time comes, we'll let the Territory buy the ...
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits show a cartoon strip of "Red Ryder" with a "live" picture of Don "Red" Barry embedded in a panel. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Buckaroo Bugs (1944) See more »

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Oh! Susanna
Written by Stephen Foster
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Beginning of what should have been a great career
21 December 2007 | by rljones-8See all my reviews

While the plot is old hash today( most notably Blazing Saddles) it was OK in l940. I am still haunted by the tragic later life of Don Barry. He was really talented and lifted this Saturday western serial genre to another level, although the supporting cast of Republic regulars were top notch thespians. As always, the sound track music(OL Sussana) was superior to anything Hollywood had to offer, and for me, added greatly to the action. I though Barry handled certain scenes as well as James Cagney in The Oklahoma Kid( avenging a father's death down to the last man) Although he had reached the age of 70, Barry was still trying to salvage his image when he shot himself in the presence of police apparently following a domestic quarrel. The great Burt Lancaster, it seems, had been trying to help him. Considering that for twenty nine westerns he was paid between one and two hundred thousand dollars by Republic and had many many parts into the TV era, we ordinary folk must wonder what these people do with their money. But the magic of today's technology enables us to see them at their very best, thank heaven.


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