Vigilantes of Boom Town

Overview

A much celebrated bout between legendary prize-fighters Jim Corbett and Bob Fitzsimmons becomes a hot issue in the Nevada community of Carson City in this above-average entry in Republic Pictures popular "Red Ryder" series. Leading citizen Molly McVey (Peggy Stewart) considers boxing to be a display of barbarism and does her utmost to have the fight cancelled. Red Ryder (Allan Lane), in contrast, permits Corbett (George Turner) and his manager Bill Delaney (Roscoe Karns) to use the Duchess's ranch as their ...
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Overview

A much celebrated bout between legendary prize-fighters Jim Corbett and Bob Fitzsimmons becomes a hot issue in the Nevada community of Carson City in this above-average entry in Republic Pictures popular "Red Ryder" series. Leading citizen Molly McVey (Peggy Stewart) considers boxing to be a display of barbarism and does her utmost to have the fight cancelled. Red Ryder (Allan Lane), in contrast, permits Corbett (George Turner) and his manager Bill Delaney (Roscoe Karns) to use the Duchess's ranch as their headquarters. Our hero, however, almost comes to regret that decision when nearly ambushed by villainous Mckean (Roy Barcroft), who conspires to take off with the prize money. No sooner is McKean dispatched when Red finds himself kidnapped by a couple of ruffians hired by Molly, who still attempts to prevent the carnage. Molly, however, discovers her error and Red returns just in time to witness Corbett losing to Fitzsimmons (John Dehner). Supporting actor George Turner, who bears no resemblance to the real life Jim Corbett (1866-1933), later played the title role in the 1947 serial Son of Zorro. Coprbett, who had won the world heavyweight championship in 1892, did indeed lose the title to Fitzsimmons (1863-1917) in Carson City, NV, March 17, 1897.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
Despite a completely misleading title, Vigilantes of Boomtown survives as one of the very best of Republic's 23 "Red Ryder" westerns and is arguably the finest of the seven starring Allan Lane. Placing real-life personalities within the confines of a B-Western usually proved less than felicitous, as PRC's "Billy the Kid" oaters amply demonstrated, but legendary prize-fighters "Gentleman Jim" Corbett and Bob Fitzsimmons add extra color and, yes, punch to an already exemplary series. Allan Lane, who was never livelier than here, takes to boxing like a fish to water and his scenes with the otherwise slightly miscast George Turner are amusing. R.G. Springsteen directs with his tongue firmly placed in cheek and Republic veterans Roy Barcroft and Peggy Stewart follow him every step of the way, the latter being especially fine as the straitlaced Molly. A rare sight anywhere west of the Hudson River, Roscoe Karns adds color as the fast-talking boxing promoter and the Republic stunt-men have a field day staging a wild free-for-all.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/27/2012
  • UPC: 089218687494
  • Original Release: 1946
  • Source: Alpha Video
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 89,631

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ted Adams Sheriff
Bobby Barber 2nd Sparring Partner
Roy Barcroft McKean
Harlan Briggs Judge Seth
Budd Buster Goff
George Cheseboro Dink
John Dehner Bob Fitzsimmons
Earl Hodgins Governor
Roscoe Karns Bill Delaney
George Lloyd Thug
Jack O'Shea Referee
Eddie Simms 1st Sparring Partner
Peggy Stewart Molly McVey
George Turner James J. Corbett
Martha Wentworth The Duchess
LeRoy Mason
Tom Steele
Allan Lane Red Ryder
Bobby Blake Little Beaver
Herman Nowlin henchman
Pascale Perry henchman
Herman Hack henchman
Technical Credits
R. G. Springsteen Director
Mort Glickman Musical Direction/Supervision
Alfred Keller Cinematographer
Sidney Picker Producer
Fred A. Ritter Art Director
Earle Snell Screenwriter
William P. Thompson Editor
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