Vigilantes Are Coming [Serial]

Vigilantes Are Coming [Serial]

Director: Ray Taylor, Mack Wright

Cast: Ray Taylor, Mack Wright, Stanley Blystone, Yakima Canutt

     
 

Yet another Zorro imitation, this adventure serial starred Robert Livingston as Don Loring, whose father and brother are killed by the evil General Burr (Fred Kohler). Seeking revenge, Loring dons a black cape and mask, calls himself "The Eagle," and goes about bringing Burr and his men to justice. As a daytime cover, the hero assumes the role of a kind, simpleSee more details below

Overview

Yet another Zorro imitation, this adventure serial starred Robert Livingston as Don Loring, whose father and brother are killed by the evil General Burr (Fred Kohler). Seeking revenge, Loring dons a black cape and mask, calls himself "The Eagle," and goes about bringing Burr and his men to justice. As a daytime cover, the hero assumes the role of a kind, simple-minded church organist, a disguise that manages to fool Burr and his collaborator, the nasty Russian Count Raspinoff (Robert Warwick), for the serial's 12 installments. Guinn "Big Boy" Williams co-starred as Salvation, the leader of a motley gang of outlaws who assist Loring in his quest, while brunette Kay Hughes added much needed feminine touch to the proceedings. Produced for Republic Pictures by genre specialist Nat Levine, the serial was co-directed by former actor Mack V. Wright and Ray Taylor.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
Republic Pictures' premiere western serial proved the company's least expensive to produce but, ironically, also the longest with a total running time of 229 minutes. Starring Robert Livingston as a sort of cross between Zorro and Rudolph Valentino's 1925 The Eagle, the 12 chapter serial remains overlong and at times seems to have been slapped together with little thought to continuity or verisimilitude. Stunt performers such as Tracy Layne, Wally West, Wes Warner and the legendary Yakima Canutt do what they can with the material at hand but are soundly defeated by badly staged cliffhanger solutions, the so-called "takeouts." In chapter six, for example, Livingston is chased over a steep cliff by the villain's hired Cossacks but the "takeout" in chapter seven shows him calmly dismounting and stepping onto a hitherto unseen ledge. In contrast, some of the writing is fairly clever and at times even hilarious (intentionally or not), culminating in Livingston taking time out from saving California from Czarist Russian dominance to perform "Organ Impressions" by Republic house-composer Raoul Kraushaar. Quips bad-guy Yakima Canutt: "Nobody that plays an organ is any good." The overall hurriedness of The Vigilantes are Coming remains a liability, however, and the fascinating story of how Northern California almost became part of Imperial Russia (albeit several years before the actual setting of the serial) deserves a better treatment than this.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/2005
UPC:
0089218489197
Original Release:
1936
Rating:
NR
Source:
Alpha Video
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
3:50:00
Sales rank:
70,870

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stanley Blystone Kramer
Yakima Canutt Barsam
Steve Clemente Pedro
William Desmond Anderson
William Farnum Father Jose
Fred Kohler Jason Burr
Henry Hall Senor Loring
Raymond Hatton Whipsaw
Kay Hughes Doris Colton
Lloyd Ingraham John Colton
Bob Kortman Boris Petroff
Tracy Layne Clem Peters
Robert Livingston Don Loring
John Merton Rance Talbot
John B. O'Brien Robert Loring
Bud Osborne Harris
Bud Pope Ivan
Robert Warwick Ivan Raspinoff
Guinn "Big Boy" Williams Salvation
Ray "Crash" Corrigan John Charles Fremont
Philip Armenta Dark Feather
José de la Cruz Peon
Chuck Baldra Spectator
Roy Bucko Vigilante
Fred Burns Rancher
Bob Card Vigilante
Tommy Coats Cossack
Ken Cooper Vigilante
Art Dillard Cossack
Bert Dillard Henchman
Frank Ellis Mine henchman
Sam Garrett Soldier
Herman Hack Vigilante
Al Haskell Peon
Jack Ingram Cossack
Bud Jamison Vigilante
Jack Kinney Henchman [uncredited]
Jack Kirk Henchman
Ted Mapes Henchman
Frankie Marvin Vigilante
George Morrell Vigilante
Pascale Perry Cossack
Vinegar Roan Cossack
Lloyd Saunders Cossack
John Slater Cossack
Al Taylor Cossack
Robert Walker Vigilante
Blackjack Ward Henchman
Len Ward Cossack
Wes Warner Vigilante
Wally West Peon
William Witney Cossack

Technical Credits
Ray Taylor Director
Mack Wright Director
Dick Fantl Editor
Maurice Geraghty Screenwriter
Harry Grey Musical Direction/Supervision
Raoul Kraushaar Songwriter
Nat Levine Executive Producer
Edgar Lyons Cinematographer
Winston Miller Screenwriter
William Nobles Cinematographer
John Rathmell Screenwriter
Leslie Swabacker Screenwriter
Helene Turner Editor
J. Laurence Wickland Associate Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Vigilantes Are Coming: Serial
1. The Eagle Strikes [31:24]
2. Birth of the Vigilantes [20:50]
3. Condemned By Cossacks [18:46]
4. Lin Holy Gold [16:48]
5. Treachery Unmasked [19:03]
6. Tyrants Trickery [17:52]
7. Wings of Doom [17:19]
8. A Treat With Treason [17:17]
9. Arrows Flight [17:58]
10. Prison of Flame [18:26]
11. A Race With Death [15:38]
12. Fremont Takes Command [17:46]

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