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The Vigilante: Fighting Hero of the West (1947)

Approved | | Action, Crime | 22 May 1947 (USA)
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The Vigilante, a masked government agent, is assigned to investigate the case of the "100 Tears of Blood", a cursed string of rare blood red pearls sought by a gang led by the unknown X-1 that may have been smuggled into the country.

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Wallace Fox

Writers:

Arthur Hoerl (screenplay), Lewis Clay (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ralph Byrd ... Greg Sanders / The Vigilante
Ramsay Ames ... Betty Winslow
Lyle Talbot ... George Pierce
George Offerman Jr. ... Stuff
Robert Barron ... Prince Hamil
Hugh Prosser Hugh Prosser ... Police Capt. Reilly
Jack Ingram ... Silver / X-2
Eddie Parker ... Doc / X-3
Tiny Brauer Tiny Brauer ... Thorne, a.k.a. X-9 [Chs.9-11,14-15] (as Bill Brauer)
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Storyline

The Vigilante, a masked government agent, is assigned to investigate the case of the "100 Tears of Blood", a cursed string of rare blood red pearls sought by a gang led by the unknown X-1 that may have been smuggled into the country.

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arab | prince | stable | ruby | villain | See All (38) »

Taglines:

MARKED FOR DESTRUCTION! (original Lobby Card - all caps) See more »

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Action | Crime

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 May 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El terror de la sierra See more »

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Runtime:

(15 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The hero of this serial is the Golden Age Vigilante; the second Vigilante, Adrian Chase, was a lawyer who took to fighting criminals after his family was slain by gangsters, and who took his own life after his true identity was revealed on national TV. See more »

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When showing inside the Café, you see the same dance crowd. See more »

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IMHO...one of the best serials!
8 February 1999 | by Vigilante-407See all my reviews

This is one of my all-time favorite serials...and I think one of the best overall. Sure, I'm a little bit jaded, as the Vigilante was my favorite golden age superhero when I was a kid (still is, actually), but it's a really good serial.

Of course, the identity of the villain will be obvious after the first episode, but that's pretty much the norm for 1940's serials (look at Captain America). But there is a lot of action and thrills throughout all 16 episodes. And Ralph Byrd is great in the title role...one of the few roles that he is believable in besides Dick Tracy (where he is the master, no matter what Warren Beatty may think). Lyle Talbot is fun, as always, as is the rest of the cast.

There's a little bit of everything in this one...and I think it deserves a place next to the originality of such classic chapter plays as The Adventures of Captain Marvel and The Masked Marvel.


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