The Revenge Rider (1935)

60 mins | Western | 18 March 1935

Director:

David Selman

Writer:

Ford Beebe

Cinematographer:

Benjamin Kline

Editor:

Al Clark

Production Company:

Columbia Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

The working title of the film was Alias John Law . Modern sources add Joseph Sauers to the cast. This film was remade by Columbia in 1938 as Riders of Black River (see ... More Less

The working title of the film was Alias John Law . Modern sources add Joseph Sauers to the cast. This film was remade by Columbia in 1938 as Riders of Black River (see below). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
21 Nov 34
p. 3.
Film Daily
2 Apr 35
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Nov 34
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
17 Apr 35
p. 8.
Motion Picture Herald
8 Dec 34
p. 62.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Alias John Law
Release Date:
18 March 1935
Production Date:
21 November--4 December 1934
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
23 February 1935
Copyright Number:
LP5352
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
60
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
PCA No:
546
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Tim O'Neil returns home to find that his brother Jerry, the sheriff, has just been killed and that the family of Tim's sweetheart, Myra Harmon, is somehow involved. Myra's father Jed refuses to attend the inquest, and although her brother Chad agrees to testify, he plans to leave town immediately after the hearing. Tim, dissatisfied with the town's idea of justice, begins his own investigation, during which he discovers that Jed is being blackmailed by a man named Kramer and that Kramer is linked to Jerry's death. When Ludlow, Kramer's appointed sheriff, arrests Jed, Tim breaks into the jail, helps Jed escape, and takes him to Jerry's room, where he writes a confession to an old murder charge Kramer is holding over him. Tim leaves Jed alone, and Kramer sneaks into the room and shoots Jed, cleverly making it look like a suicide. Tim returns, spots the flaw in Kramer's plot, and demonstrates how Kramer could leave the body in a room bolted from the inside. Tim and Kramer shoot it out, Kramer is killed, and it is revealed that Jed is still alive and is actually innocent of the old murder. The Harmon name is thus cleared, and Jerry's death is avenged, leaving Tim and Myra free to ... +


Tim O'Neil returns home to find that his brother Jerry, the sheriff, has just been killed and that the family of Tim's sweetheart, Myra Harmon, is somehow involved. Myra's father Jed refuses to attend the inquest, and although her brother Chad agrees to testify, he plans to leave town immediately after the hearing. Tim, dissatisfied with the town's idea of justice, begins his own investigation, during which he discovers that Jed is being blackmailed by a man named Kramer and that Kramer is linked to Jerry's death. When Ludlow, Kramer's appointed sheriff, arrests Jed, Tim breaks into the jail, helps Jed escape, and takes him to Jerry's room, where he writes a confession to an old murder charge Kramer is holding over him. Tim leaves Jed alone, and Kramer sneaks into the room and shoots Jed, cleverly making it look like a suicide. Tim returns, spots the flaw in Kramer's plot, and demonstrates how Kramer could leave the body in a room bolted from the inside. Tim and Kramer shoot it out, Kramer is killed, and it is revealed that Jed is still alive and is actually innocent of the old murder. The Harmon name is thus cleared, and Jerry's death is avenged, leaving Tim and Myra free to marry. +

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