Gallant Defender (1935)

57 or 60 mins | Western | 30 November 1935

Director:

David Selman

Cinematographer:

Benjamin Kline

Editor:

Al Clark

Production Company:

Columbia Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

The working titles of the film were Cowboy Crusader and Gun Law . An advertisement in MPH says that this film was the "first of a new series of thrilling romantic adventure stories in western settings by Peter B. Kyne." According to modern sources, the cast also included Edmund Cobb, Frank Ellis, Jack Rockwell, Stanley Blystone, Lew Meehan, Merrill McCormack , Glenn Strange, Al Ferguson, Slim Whitaker, Bud Osborne, Pascale Perry, Bud McClure, Dick Botiller, Bob Card, Al Haskell, Tom Smith, Oscar Gahan, Chuck Baldra , Jack Kirk , Buck Connors and Ray ... More Less

The working titles of the film were Cowboy Crusader and Gun Law . An advertisement in MPH says that this film was the "first of a new series of thrilling romantic adventure stories in western settings by Peter B. Kyne." According to modern sources, the cast also included Edmund Cobb, Frank Ellis, Jack Rockwell, Stanley Blystone, Lew Meehan, Merrill McCormack , Glenn Strange, Al Ferguson, Slim Whitaker, Bud Osborne, Pascale Perry, Bud McClure, Dick Botiller, Bob Card, Al Haskell, Tom Smith, Oscar Gahan, Chuck Baldra , Jack Kirk , Buck Connors and Ray Jones. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
25 Nov 35
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Sep 35
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Oct 35
p. 11.
Motion Picture Herald
26 Sep 36
p. 42.
Variety
22 Apr 36
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Harry Cohn, President
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SOUND
Sd eng
SOURCES
SONGS
"Blue Skies Above" and "Covered Wagons," music and lyrics by the Sons of the Pioneers.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Cowboy Crusader
Gun Law
Release Date:
30 November 1935
Production Date:
25 Sep--8 Oct 1935
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
25 November 1935
Copyright Number:
LP5950
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Noiseless Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
57 or 60
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
PCA No:
1694
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

As Johnny Flagg, a roving cowboy, travels toward Oro Grande, to settle a homestead, he runs off a gang of ruffians who are attacking some homesteaders. During a meeting of the Oro Grande Cattlemen's Association, the disreputable Bar Munro is forced to resign because he wants to use force to keep the homesteaders from occupying the land he and the other landowners are leasing. Later, in the saloon, Johnny rejects Munro's request to join his gang. As Johnny rides along the outskirts of town, he encounters Barbara McGrail and her little brother Jimmy, who are trying to repair their wagon. Johnny stops to help Barbara but is interrupted by Munro's men, one of whom, Salty Smith, slips Johnny a gun so that he can defend Barbara and Jimmy. Barbara informs Johnny that she suspects Munro of murdering her father in order to obtain his land. After Barbara tells Johnny that Salty is her uncle, she adds that she intends to regain control of her father's property. When Munro learns that Salty plans to turn him over to the sheriff, Munro orders Salty shot. Harvey Campbell, the head of the Cattlemen's Association, sends Johnny a note in which he states that he will join the homesteaders in the fight against Munro's gang. When Munro learns this, he has Campbell murdered and frames Johnny for the crime. He then turns the cattlemen against Johnny and the homesteaders. Meanwhile, the recovering Salty proves Johnny's innocence to the sheriff, and Johnny shows the angry cattlemen the note Campbell sent him before his death. Released from jail, Johnny offers Munro a choice: arrest for the murder of Barbara's father ... +


As Johnny Flagg, a roving cowboy, travels toward Oro Grande, to settle a homestead, he runs off a gang of ruffians who are attacking some homesteaders. During a meeting of the Oro Grande Cattlemen's Association, the disreputable Bar Munro is forced to resign because he wants to use force to keep the homesteaders from occupying the land he and the other landowners are leasing. Later, in the saloon, Johnny rejects Munro's request to join his gang. As Johnny rides along the outskirts of town, he encounters Barbara McGrail and her little brother Jimmy, who are trying to repair their wagon. Johnny stops to help Barbara but is interrupted by Munro's men, one of whom, Salty Smith, slips Johnny a gun so that he can defend Barbara and Jimmy. Barbara informs Johnny that she suspects Munro of murdering her father in order to obtain his land. After Barbara tells Johnny that Salty is her uncle, she adds that she intends to regain control of her father's property. When Munro learns that Salty plans to turn him over to the sheriff, Munro orders Salty shot. Harvey Campbell, the head of the Cattlemen's Association, sends Johnny a note in which he states that he will join the homesteaders in the fight against Munro's gang. When Munro learns this, he has Campbell murdered and frames Johnny for the crime. He then turns the cattlemen against Johnny and the homesteaders. Meanwhile, the recovering Salty proves Johnny's innocence to the sheriff, and Johnny shows the angry cattlemen the note Campbell sent him before his death. Released from jail, Johnny offers Munro a choice: arrest for the murder of Barbara's father or a shootout. Munro draws but is too slow and Johnny kills him. Later, Jimmy informs Barbara that she will need a husband to file her land claim. +

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