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The Rawhide Terror

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Perhaps the weirdest Western from Poverty Row entrepreneur Victor Adamson, The Rawhide Terror features Art Mix aka George Kesterson as Al Blake, a young rancher going up against a phantom killer known only as "The Rawhide Terror." Years earlier, a family of settlers became the victims of a gang of white renegades. Two young boys survived the attack, one escaping safely, the other wandering off into the desert laughing hysterically. Fast forward ten years, and the renegades have become solid citizens in the ...
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Overview

Perhaps the weirdest Western from Poverty Row entrepreneur Victor Adamson, The Rawhide Terror features Art Mix aka George Kesterson as Al Blake, a young rancher going up against a phantom killer known only as "The Rawhide Terror." Years earlier, a family of settlers became the victims of a gang of white renegades. Two young boys survived the attack, one escaping safely, the other wandering off into the desert laughing hysterically. Fast forward ten years, and the renegades have become solid citizens in the community of Red Dog. But three of them are killed by the "Terror", whose trademark is a strip of rawhide bearing the legend "Remember ten years ago." Al's father Tom William Desmond disappears after confronting a brutal neighbor, Black Brent William Barrymore, and while searching for him in the desert, Al is captured by the "Terror", who leaves him bound and gagged on a runaway wagon. The hero is rescued in the nick of time by Sheriff Tim Luke Edmund Cobb and Tom is found alive and well by Black Brent's young son Jimmy Tommy Bupp. The "Terror", who has kidnapped Al's sister Betty Frances Morris, creates an avalanche, but is tracked down by Sheriff Luke and Al. Cornered in his mountain hideout, the mystery killer proves to be the sheriff's long-lost demented brother who has been masquerading as a rancher. The maniac dies happy in the thought that he had avenged the death of his parents.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
Filmed for around a buck and a quarter, or so it seems, The Rawhide Terror is actually convincingly eerie, in no small measure due to a potent performance by the mystery killer -- whose identity shall of course not be revealed here. Suffice it to say, typical of producer Victor Adamson, the unmasking does not come as much of a surprise. Despite the usual Adamson gaffes such as visible microphone booms, garbled lines, and characters who seem to change names at will (several cast members insist on calling little Jimmy Brent "Tommy", obviously confusing the character with his portrayer, Tommy Bupp), The Rawhide Terror consistently entertains and may actually be Victor Adamson's best surviving Western. No less than five former silent Western stars appear in this film in addition to the redoubtable Art Mix: Edmund Cobb, William Desmond, William Barrymore, Bill Patton, and producer Adamson himself, here using the pseudonym of Denver Dixon.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/31/2011
  • UPC: 089218649195
  • Original Release: 1934
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  • Source: Alpha Video
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 89,005

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Barrymore Black Brent
Edmund Cobb Sheriff Tim Luke
William Desmond Tom Blake
Art Mix Al Blake
Frances Morris Betty Blake
Bill Patton Ben
George Holt outlaw leader
Tommy Bupp Jimmy Brent
Fred Parker deputy
Denver Dixon townsman
Herman Hack henchman
Ernest Scott townsman
George Gyton townsman
Technical Credits
Bruce Mitchell Director
Jack Nelson Director, Screenwriter
Denver Dixon Original Story, Producer
Arthur J. Fitzpatrick Cinematographer
Bert Longenecker Cinematographer
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