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Rustlers of Red Dog (1935)

Johnny Mack Brown , Joyce Compton  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Johnny Mack Brown, Joyce Compton, Walter Miller
  • Format: Black & White, Dolby, 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: 236 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00096S2MI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #388,130 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Jack Woods, Deacon and Laramie are the Three Musketeers of the Old West. They fight their way across the plains and mountains to protect the settlers and battle the Indians, rustlers and badmen who are constantly threatening them. In the frontier town of Red Dog, leading citizen Tom Lee asks the trio to remain as protectors. Indians attack a wagon train with Lee's daughter Mary is on its way in - but it. Jack and his friends help rescue the wagon train and discover that the train is carrying a shipment of gold. A notorious outlaw named Rocky, who starts a false rumor of a gold strike, covets the gold. Rocky thinks he will help himself to the gold while the town is empty, but instead, he must shoot it out with Jack Woods. Bonus Features: Digitally Remastered| Chapter Selection Menu| Bios| Bonus: Classic Serial Trailers. Specs: DVD9; Hi-Fi Mono; 236 minutes; B&W; 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio; MPAA - NR; Year - 1935; SRP - $19.99.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More gunsmoke than I've ever seen November 15, 2005
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That's right, there's more gunsmoke per shootout, and there are a lot of them, in this serial than I've ever seen. Looks great. Lots of good riding scenes and there are a lot of wagon chases, too. All those things make for a great western serial. Johnny is younger and more enthusiastic than I've seen him before. I love his gloves. I had a pair almost like them when I was a kid - I slept with them under the pillow the first night. He rescues the gal practically every ten minutes, it seems. Yet at other times, Joyce Compton plays her as one spunky lady. She rides right into the thick of trouble when the man she loves is in danger. And she can saddle a horse, too. No clinging vine, this lady.

Raymond Hatton and Walter Miller really add interest as Johnny's sidekicks. Drinking and gambling are their interests respectively, and they pursue them whenever possible, at least until Johnny has another job for them, which seems to happen whenever they start to drink and gamble. Being a sidekick is a tough job. Harry Woods is not just a bad guy. There is a scene where he emotes to the loss of one of his cohorts - a nice touch. Usually bad guys are just bad guys, you know?

As in a lot of the early westerns, things look real, not slick and Hollywoody as in a lot of later ones. All the buildings are made of logs, in both Red Dog (the rustler hang-out) and Nugget.

I really enjoyed this one. Well worth it.
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VCI Entertainment, Universal Pictures and Nat Levine present "Rustlers of Red Dog" (1935) (digitally remastered), 12 Chapters of vintage serial loaded with action sequences -This was the first of four serials that Johnny Mack Brown made for Universal in the 30s...large scale Indian attacks and constant raids by badmen rustlers loaded with non-stop action and boasts a cast of always life threatening chapters with overturned wagons and mine explosions....can Johnny Mack, Hatton and Miller stop one of the best B-Western villains, Harry Woods from terrorizing poor helpless Joyce Compton and her gold...some great fisticuffs between Johnny Mack and Woods that keeps a wrangler wanting to jump in and start swinging...B-Western fans keep a look out for old time players Edmund Cobb, Bud Osborne, Iron Eyes Cody and Hal Taliaferro...can't make a good Western without those veterans --- take note of the first four chapters with a great trio "Three Musketeers of the Old West" Brown, Miller and Hatton...there is a great deal of entertainment here for the cliffhanger fans out there.

Under director Louis Friedlander with screenplay by Basil Dickey and Nathaniel Eddy...the cast include a very young Johnny Mack Brown (Jack Wood), Joyce Compton (Mary Lee), Raymond Hatton (Laramie), Walter Miller ("Deacon"), Harry Woods (Rocky - boss & leader), Fred MacKaye (Snakey), William Desmond (Ira Dale - Wagonmaster), Charles K. French (Tom Lee), Lafe Mckee (Bob Lee), Chief Thundercloud (Chief Grey Wolf), Edmund Cobb (Buck the henchman), Jim Thorpe (Chief Scarface)...another great serial provided by Universal Pictures during their heyday in the early '30s...the trio fight their way across the plains and mountains protecting settlers from Indian attacks, rustlers and men on the wrong side of the law...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great August 18, 2013
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I bought this as a present for my Dad and he really loved it! This was a worthwhile purchase! :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Rustlers are Restless January 8, 2006
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Johnny Mack Brown was one of the great B-Western heroes. He had been an All-America running back at the University of Alabama. As an athlete-turned-actor he was pretty good, better than Sammy Baugh ("King of the Texas Rangers") but not as skilled as Buster Crabbe ("Flash Gordon"). He actually started out as a leading-man type at MGM, but his soft southern accent didn't go over too well with the transition to sound. Having been a star at MGM, he easily got a chance at other studios and made the transition to Westerns.

His two side-kicks in this picture are also interesting. Raymond Hatton (1887-1971) appeared in nearly 500 movies. Walter Miller, another movie veteran, plays the gambler Deacon; you'll note that almost every line he speaks has gambling connotations. Harry Woods is one of the all-time great bad guys. He plays Rocky with a lot of class; in one scene he displays real emotion at the death of one of his men, which is most unusual for a serial villain.

This serial shows its age in the photography and the sound, but if one sticks wirth it it's a very interesting Western. It's well-plotted and the acting is good all around. It has an unusually large cast. Universal wasn't noted for its fist-fights in serials (as Republic was), but the fight in Chapter Nine is one of the all-time greats. Unfortunately some of the cliffhangers, especially in the first half of the picture, aren't very clever. In Chapter Seven Johnny Mack is clearly shot and falls head-first into a well, only to climb out in the next chapter uninjured. Another downer, typical of the time, is that the Indians are presented as blood-thirsty savages; Johnny Mack and others constantly refer to them as "red devils." A lot of the Indians are real Native Americans, including Chief Thundercloud, who later played Tonto in the Lone Ranger serials, and Olympic champion Jim Thorpe.
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