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Fighting With Kit Carson - 12 Chapter Movie Serial (1933)

Johnny Mack Brown , Betsy King Ross , Armand Schaefer , Colbert Clark  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Johnny Mack Brown, Betsy King Ross, Noah Beery, Noah Beery Jr., Tully Marshall
  • Directors: Armand Schaefer, Colbert Clark
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Mono, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: VCI Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 21, 2005
  • Run Time: 225 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00096S2N2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,137 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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A shipment of government gold is lost when the pack train headed up by famous scout Kit Carson is wiped out. Only Carson miraculously escapes. Aided by a detachment of cavalry, Carson rounds up the outlaw band known as the Mystery Riders. Carson then leaves the soldiers and his Indian friend, Nakomas to bring in the prisoners, and rides furiously back to the trading post, where his little friend, Joan Fargo, disguised as a boy, has been keeping watch on Kraft, the man who Carson suspects is the secret leader of the Mystery Riders. When he is accused of being the leader of the Mystery Riders, Kraft swears his innocence and makes a quick getaway. In order to trap him, Carson and the troopers don the garb of the Mystery Riders with hope that Kraft, upon seeing his men, will be fooled into giving away the location of his secret hiding place for the gold. Bonus Features: Digitally Remastered| Chapter Selection Menu| Bios| Bonus: Classic Serial Trailers. Specs: DVD9; Hi-Fi Mono; 225 minutes; B&W; 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio; MPAA - NR; Year - 1933; SRP - $19.99.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Kit and a kaboodle of gold September 4, 2007
Format:DVD
MASCOT PICTURES made serials under its own name from 1926 to 1935. After that, MASCOT and four other lesser Poverty Row studios were combined under the REPUBLIC PICTURES banner.

THE STORY of KIT CARSON:
The Mystery Riders are after the gold being transported in a pack train that Kit Carson is escorting.

CAST:
Johnny Mack Brown - Kit Carson
Betsy King Ross - Joan Fargo, aka Johnny Fargo
Noah Beery - Cyrus Kraft
Noah Beery Jr. - Nakomas
Tully Marshall - Jim Bridge [Chs. 1-2]
Edmund Breese - Matt Fargo [Chs. 1-7, 12]
Lane Chandler - Army Sergeant [Chs. 10-12]

also:
Yakima Canutt - Mystery Rider (uncredited)
Iron Eyes Cody - Cheyenne Rider [Chs. 1, 4] (uncredited)
William Farnum - Elliott [Ch. 1] (uncredited)
William Witney - Settler/Indian/Trooper (uncredited)

CHAPTERS:
1. The Mystery Riders
2. The White Chief
3. Hidden Gold
4. The Silent Doom
5. Murder Will Out
6. The Secret of Iron Mountain
7. The Law of the Lawless
8. Red Phantoms
9. The Invisible Enemy
10. Midnight Magic
11. Unmasked
12. The Trail To Glory

CARSON trivia:

Lane Chandler was a silent screen star who slipped into supporting roles in 'B' movies from the early 1930s on.

In his 35-year career (beginning in 1914), Slim Whitaker appeared in over 340 westerns. He has a small role here.

William Witney (several minor characters) was CARSON director Colbert Clark's brother-in-law. In 1937, Witney began his second (and principal) career as a director of western serials, movies and TV shows.

Stuntman-extraordinaire Yakima Canutt starred in a few silent-era westerns.
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5.0 out of 5 stars VCI VERSION!!! October 12, 2011
Format:DVD
VCI offers a nicely restored version of the Johnny Mack Brown serial FIGHTING WITH KIT CARSON and this is the one to get, period.
As for the serial itself, it's a good one. A shipment of government gold is hidden by Matt Fargo when attacked by Indians and Mystery Riders. Kit Carson is accused of treachery and must prove himself and uncover the real culprit, outlaw chief and scene stealing Noah Berry as trader Noah Kraft. Berry's son, Noah Jr. plays Carson's Indian sidekick and child trick rider Betsy King Ross is Joan Fargo, Matt's daughter, though he appears about 70 and she 10 , who for some reason disguises herself as a boy named Johnny and although everyone knows she's a girl they all refer to her as a boy. This is the most confusing part of the plot, even more so than where the gold is hidden.
We get lots of hard riding and pitch battles between Kit's band, the Mystery Riders, who sing as they ride, the Indians, the cavalry, the pioneers/settlers and the regular outlaws. This is all fast-paced and fun, reminding us what a thrilling afternoon one could have at a 1930's movie theater!
Johnny Mack Brown is a likeable hero and Betsy King Ross isn't obnoxious as the little boy/girl. But, as usual, the real treat always comes with the badguys. Noah Sr. is just great chewing scenery and spittin' it out as if he were in a Shakespearian play! And Al Bridge (Reynolds) and Maston Williams (Chuck) are in top form as the two top slimeball heavies. Lane Chandler, Tom Tully, Lafe McKee and lots of familiar faces abound.
Needless to say, Kit is cleared of all charges, the gold is recovered and the Mystery Riders sing their last song. A great way to spend an afternoon, riding along in all that wonderful "shot on location" scenery featured in VCI's crisp, clear print!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good enough western serial action July 29, 2002
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This is a Mascot serial in 12 episodes, best seen a chapter at a time like when it was released. Johnny Mack Brown is the hero, Kit Carson. The storyline doesn't claim any historical accuracy at all, but you don't expect historical accuracy in a serial. It's good. The raw action isn't as continuous as it is in the later WILD WEST DAYS. However, you have Noah Beery as the chief bad guy. You don't want to be around that rascal when he "accidentally" drops his knife.
One weird thing here: when the bad guys move one victim's dead body, you have a series of dotted lines indicating their route. Strange! I never saw that in a serial or B movie before.
This is pretty typical B western, but it moves, and should entertain western fans, and those serial fans who enjoy westerns.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Mystery Riders vs Kit Carson ~ Johnny Mack Brown" September 7, 2005
Format:DVD
VCI Entertainment, Mascot Pictures and Nat Levine present "Fighting with Kit Carson" (1933) (digitally remastered), 12 Chapters of hard riding cliffhangers blazing the trail of the pioneer west...mixed with hair breadth escapes ending each episode...A pack train led by Kit Carson is attacked by Cyrus Kraft (boss & leader) and his Mystery Riders, who want a government shipment of gold carried by the wagons. Matt Fargo manages to hide the gold, but must confront the Mystery Riders time after time in order to prevent them from finding and carrying away the treasure...can Carson succeed against such heavy odds fighting the Mystery Riders...will Johnny Fargo be discovered that he is really Joan the daughter of Matt Fargo...does Cyrus Kraft find himself in a double cross by one of his leading henchmen...all this and more in each spellbinding adventurous chapters.

Under director's Colbert Clark and Armand Schaefer with screenplay by Colbert Clark and Wyndham Gittens...the cast include a very young Johnny Mack Brown (Kit Carson), Betsy King Ross as (Joan Fargo aka Johnny Fargo), Noah Berry (Cyrus Kraft), Noah Berry Jr ((Nakomas - son of Dark Eagle), Edmund Breese (Matt Fargo), Lafe McKee (Luke Foster), Lane Chandler (Army Sargeant)...another great serial provided by Mascot Pictures during their heyday of the early '30s.

Chapter Titles

1. The Mystery Riders

2. The White Chief

3. Hidden Gold

4. The Silent Doom

5. Murder Will Out

6. The Secret of Iron Mountain

7. The Law of the Lawless

8. Red Phantoms

9. The Invisible Enemy

10.Midnight Magic

11.Unmasked!

12.
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