The Rawhide Terror (1935)

47 mins | Western | 1935

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HISTORY

No contemporary American reviews or release information were found for this film, but the BFI's Monthly Film Bulletin Oct 1936 issue contains a brief review. The above credits and plot synopsis were taken from publicity items. The picture was submitted to the New York State censors in 1935. Modern sources note that presenter Victor Adamson, who had acted in previous westerns under the name Art Mix, inserted his photograph into some publicity stills for the picture. George Kesterson, however, used the Art Mix pseudonym in this film. Modern sources complete the above cast with the following character names: Art Mix ( Al Blake ), William Desmond ( Tom Blake ), Edmund Cobb ( The sheriff ), William Barrymore ( Black Brent ), Frances Morris ( Betty Blake ), Tommy Bupp ( Jimmy Brent ) and Bill Patton ( Blake cowboy ). In addition, modern sources add George Gyton, Ed Carey and Ernest Scott to the cast.
       The film opens with the following written prologue: " In the Late Nineties Renegade white men made themselves up as Indians and robbed the settlers and wagon trains."
       Another title reads: " Years Later These renegade men had gained control of the town of 'Red Dog' but a great fear had come over some of them after the appearance of a horseman known as 'The Rawhide ... More Less

No contemporary American reviews or release information were found for this film, but the BFI's Monthly Film Bulletin Oct 1936 issue contains a brief review. The above credits and plot synopsis were taken from publicity items. The picture was submitted to the New York State censors in 1935. Modern sources note that presenter Victor Adamson, who had acted in previous westerns under the name Art Mix, inserted his photograph into some publicity stills for the picture. George Kesterson, however, used the Art Mix pseudonym in this film. Modern sources complete the above cast with the following character names: Art Mix ( Al Blake ), William Desmond ( Tom Blake ), Edmund Cobb ( The sheriff ), William Barrymore ( Black Brent ), Frances Morris ( Betty Blake ), Tommy Bupp ( Jimmy Brent ) and Bill Patton ( Blake cowboy ). In addition, modern sources add George Gyton, Ed Carey and Ernest Scott to the cast.
       The film opens with the following written prologue: " In the Late Nineties Renegade white men made themselves up as Indians and robbed the settlers and wagon trains."
       Another title reads: " Years Later These renegade men had gained control of the town of 'Red Dog' but a great fear had come over some of them after the appearance of a horseman known as 'The Rawhide Terror'" More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Monthly Film Bulletin
1 Oct 36
p. 175.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Produced by Security West Coast Studios
A Security Picture
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Orig story
Continuity and adpt
PHOTOGRAPHY
Cameraman
Cameraman
DETAILS
Release Date:
1935
Physical Properties:
Sound
Cineglow System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
47
Length(in feet):
4,500
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

While crossing Indian country, Jim Brent, his wife and two sons are attacked by white renegades. Jim and his wife are killed, but one son escapes to safety, and the other, Jim, Jr., is struck on the head but not killed. His mind damaged by the blow, Jim, Jr. then wanders away, laughing hysterically. Many years later, a sheriff is sharply criticized by his townspeople because he has been unable to capture a notorious killer known as the Rawhide Terror. Because the killer always leaves a piece of rawhide on the bodies of his victims, the sheriff believes that the murders are acts of revenge. While Tom Blake and his sister Betty discuss the Terror, young Tommie Brent staggers from the woods and tells Tom and Betty that his stepfather, Black Brent, has been beating him. Furious, Tom rides off to confront Brent. Betty, concerned for Tom's safety, sends her other brother Al to Brent's place, while she goes to town for the sheriff. When Al arrives at Brent's, he interrupts the fight that Tom is waging with Brent, and Brent flees. The next day, Tom is discovered missing, and while Al searches for him, he comes upon the Terror in a buckboard and chases him on his horse. After a harrowing pursuit, the Terror, who wears a rawhide mask, finally escapes from Al and forces him over a cliff. With help from the sheriff, Al is rescued and Tom is found. The local judge then organizes a vigilante group to catch the Terror, after which a member of the group is murdered. The next day, the group ... +


While crossing Indian country, Jim Brent, his wife and two sons are attacked by white renegades. Jim and his wife are killed, but one son escapes to safety, and the other, Jim, Jr., is struck on the head but not killed. His mind damaged by the blow, Jim, Jr. then wanders away, laughing hysterically. Many years later, a sheriff is sharply criticized by his townspeople because he has been unable to capture a notorious killer known as the Rawhide Terror. Because the killer always leaves a piece of rawhide on the bodies of his victims, the sheriff believes that the murders are acts of revenge. While Tom Blake and his sister Betty discuss the Terror, young Tommie Brent staggers from the woods and tells Tom and Betty that his stepfather, Black Brent, has been beating him. Furious, Tom rides off to confront Brent. Betty, concerned for Tom's safety, sends her other brother Al to Brent's place, while she goes to town for the sheriff. When Al arrives at Brent's, he interrupts the fight that Tom is waging with Brent, and Brent flees. The next day, Tom is discovered missing, and while Al searches for him, he comes upon the Terror in a buckboard and chases him on his horse. After a harrowing pursuit, the Terror, who wears a rawhide mask, finally escapes from Al and forces him over a cliff. With help from the sheriff, Al is rescued and Tom is found. The local judge then organizes a vigilante group to catch the Terror, after which a member of the group is murdered. The next day, the group sets out in search of the killer and is blown up in an explosion engineered by their nemesis. Upon hearing of the deed, the sheriff and his deputies swear vengeance and immediately take off to find the Terror. Betty, meanwhile, is attacked by the Terror as she rides to her home. The sheriff and two of his men hear her screams and ride to her rescue. Afraid to shoot the Terror for fear of hitting Betty, the sheriff and his men can only surround him. The Terror makes a daring escape but is badly wounded while fleeing. Eventually the sheriff tracks the Terror to his cave and overwhelms him. Ripping off his mask, the sheriff discovers that the Terror is Brent. The sheriff then sees that Brent has a birthmark identical to his own and deduces that Brent is his long-lost, demented brother and has been avenging their parents' murder. After his brother dies from his wounds, the sheriff relates his story to state officials and is asked to remain in office. Betty then accepts the sheriff's proposal. +

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