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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kit and a kaboodle of gold
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...
Published on September 4, 2007 by Annie Van Auken

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good enough western serial action
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...
Published on July 29, 2002 by Neal C. Reynolds


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4.0 out of 5 stars Kit and a kaboodle of gold, September 4, 2007
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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. He was also at times an assistant director, production coordinator, writer and stunt coordinator on dozens of great films. Here, Canutt is one of the Mystery Riders.

Iron Eyes Cody specialized in playing Native Americans, yet he was the son of Italian immigrant parents. Cody denied this even in court in 1996, when his heritage was challenged. Cody's most famous role was his briefest: he was the Indian who sheds a tear for a blighted American environment in "Keep America Beautiful" ads that ran from 1971 into the 1980s.

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Gene Autry appears briefly in MYSTERY MOUNTAIN (starring Ken Maynard), which is another terrific MASCOT western cliffhanger.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kit and a kaboodle of gold, September 4, 2007
This review is from: Fighting With Kit Carson - 12 Chapter Movie Serial (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. He was also at times an assistant director, production coordinator, writer and stunt coordinator on dozens of great films. Here, Canutt is one of the Mystery Riders.

Iron Eyes Cody specialized in playing Native Americans, yet he was the son of Italian immigrant parents. Cody denied this even in court in 1996, when his heritage was challenged. Cody's most famous role was his briefest: he was the Indian who sheds a tear for a blighted American environment in "Keep America Beautiful" ads that ran from 1971 into the 1980s.

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Gene Autry appears briefly in MYSTERY MOUNTAIN (starring Ken Maynard), which is another terrific MASCOT western cliffhanger.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VCI VERSION!!!, October 12, 2011
This review is from: Fighting With Kit Carson - 12 Chapter Movie Serial (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
This review is from: Fighting With Kit Carson - 12 Chapter Movie Serial (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.The Trail to Glory

SPECIAL FEATURES:

BIOS:

Johnny Mack Brown

Noah Berry

Betsy King Ross

Armand Schaefer (Director)

Colbert Clark (Director)

TRAILERS:

Law of the Wild

Phantom Empire

Blackhawk

VCI Cliffhanger Promos

ADVENTURES OF THE FLYING CADETS

BUCK ROGERS (Buster Crabbe)

DICK TRACY & G Men (Ralph Byrd)

FLASH GORDON CONQUERS THE UNIVERSE (Buster Crabbe)

JUNGLE GIRL (Edgar Rice Burroughs)

JUNGLE JIM (Grant Withers & Raymond Hatton)

MANDRAKE THE MAGICIAN

THE MIRACLE RIDER (Tom Mix & Tony Jr)

THE PHANTOM (Tom Tyler)

SECRET AGENT X-9

ZANE GREYS 'KING OF THE ROYAL MOUNTED" (Allan Rocky Lane)

ZORRO'S FIGHTING LEGION (Reed Hadley)

Own them now on DVD....if you crave action, drama and plenty of adventure then this is the place for all of the above...if you enjoyed this serial check out another Johnny Mack Brown serial "Rustlers of Red Dog" (1935) from VCI Entertainment...also the latest Bobby J. Copeland's book on "Johnny Mack Brown: Up Close & Personal" is chuck full of answers to all the questions his fans had from early on, published by Empire Publishing and available on Amazon.

Some great film footage from "Fighting With Kit Carson" appeared in other serials with plenty of great stunt people at the helm...many of the horse falls executed by Yakima Canutt and Cliff Lyons who were the best in the business of stuntwork...Great job by VCI Entertainment for releasing the digital transfere with a clean, clear and crisp print...looking forward to more of the same from the '30s vintage...order your copy now from Amazon or VCI Entertainment, stay tuned once again with a top notch serial from VCI...just the way we like 'em!

Total Time: 225 mins on DVD ~ VCI Entertainment 8419 ~ (6/21/2005)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Johnny Mac Brown Rides Again!, February 21, 2013
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This is a really great movie serial chapter feature. Johnny Mac Brown is the icon hero of this B western. He always defeats the villians. He was a true example for children in the 1930's and 40's. Many people in that era flocked to the movie theaters to watch these actors. Johnny Mac Brown, Hop A Long Cassidy and Buck Jones are a few of these iconic western actors. Lots of action and good plots. This serial would make a great gift for someone who likes B westerns of the past...
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5.0 out of 5 stars California bound, January 10, 2013
In May of 1843, surveyor and mapmaker John C. Fremont, scout Kit Carson, and 38 other soon-to-be-legends set out on an expedition to map the Oregon Trail to the Pacific, the purpose being "to give a connected survey of the interior of our continent," Fremont wrote in his journal.
From the Mississippi frontier across 3000 miles of rugged terrain into Californua and back again, the expedition took 14-months.
Fremont recalled being awakened one night by Carson calling to another. No reply came and immediately the camp was roused by Carson's cry, "Indians!"
"No man with Indian experience jumps squarely to his feet in a night attack, but in an instant every man was in himself when the silence was broken by rifle fire. One of the men was hit by arrows, then another. The Indian chief who led the attack was killed. the rest jumped back into the shadow of the woods
"After all that, rough weather, hunger, thirst, and long wanderings in rugged mountains, we were almost afraid to believe we were at last to escape back into the genial country of which we had heard so many glowing reports," Fremont wrote.
California.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fighting with Kit Carson- 12 chapter movie serial, May 21, 2011
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I had not seen this chapter series when growing up watching western movie of Johnny Mack Brown and found it to be very entertaining
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5.0 out of 5 stars "The King of B-Westerns & Serials...VCI Entertainment ~ Fighting with Kit Carson (1933)", December 8, 2005
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.The Trail to Glory

SPECIAL FEATURES:

BIOS:

Johnny Mack Brown

Noah Berry

Betsy King Ross

Armand Schaefer (Director)

Colbert Clark (Director)

If you're into vintage serials as I am, why not pick up a copy of the following titles from VCI Home Video:

VCI CLIFFHANGER TRAILERS:

1. Adventures of Red Ryder (Don "Red" Barry)

2. Adventures of the Flying Cadets (Bobby Jordan)

3. Buck Rogers (Buster Crabbe)

4. Captain Midnight (Dave O'Brien)

5. Captain Video: Master of the Stratosphere (Judd Holdren & I. Stanford Jolley)

6. Dick Tracy's G-Men (Ralph Byrd)

7. Don Winslow of the Navy (Don Terry)

8. Don Winslow of the Coast Guard (Don Terry)

9. Drums of Fu Manchu (Henry Brandon)

10.Fighting Kit Carson (Johnny Mack Brown)

11.Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (Buster Crabbe)

12.The Green Archer (Victory Jory)

13.Jungle Girl (Frances Gifford)

14.Jungle Jim (Grant Withers & Raymond Hatton)

15.Lost City of the Jungle (Russell Hayden & Keye Luke)

16.Mandrake the Magician (Warren Hull & Dick Curtis)

17.Miracle Rider (Tom Mix & Tony Jr)

18.The Painted Stallion (Ray "Crash" Corrigan)

19.The Phantom (Tom Tyler)

20.The Return of Chandu (Bela Lugosi)

21.Riders of Death Valley (Dick Foran, Leo Carrillo & Buck Jones)

22.Secret Agent X-9 (1937) (Scott Kolk & Henry Brandon)

23.Secret Agent X-9 (1945) (Lloyd Bridges & Keye Luke)

24.Sky Raiders (Donald Woods & Billy Halop)

25.Undersea Kingdom (Ray "Crash" Corrigan)

26.Winners of the West (Dick Foran, Harry Woods, Roy Barcroft & Charles Stevens)

27.Zane Greys "King of the Royal Mounted" (Allan "Rocky" Lane)

28.Zorro's Cliffhanger Collection (Reed Hadley, John Carroll & Linda Stirling)

Coming soon January 2006 from VCI Home Video on DVD..."FLAMING FRONTIERS" (1938), Universal Serial with 15 chapters, featuring Johnny Mack Brown, Eleanor Hansen, John Archer, James Blaine and Ralph Bowman..."OREGON TRAIL" (1939), another Universal Serial with 15 exciting chapters featuring Johnny Mack Brown, Fuzzy Knight, Roy Barcoft and Charles King..."THE TALL TEXAN" (1953), full length feature starring Lloyd Bridges, Lee J Cobb, Luther Adler and Marie Windsor...watch for more details on VCI Entertainment and Amazon your two favorite sites for serials and B-Westerns.

Some great film footage from "Fighting With Kit Carson" appeared in other serials with plenty of great stunt people at the helm...many of the horse falls executed by Yakima Canutt and Cliff Lyons who were the best in the business of stuntwork...Great job by VCI Entertainment for releasing the digital transfere with a clean, clear and crisp print...looking forward to more of the same from the '30s vintage...order your copy now from Amazon or VCI Entertainment, stay tuned once again with a top notch serial from VCI...just the way we like 'em!

Total Time: 225 mins on DVD ~ VCI Entertainment 8419 ~ (6/21/2005)
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