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Born to Battle (1935)

Approved | | Action, Western | 1 April 1935 (USA)
Good-natured troublemaker "Cyclone" Tom Saunders is hired by a ranchers' association manager to investigate recent cattle rustling at one of their ranches and to see if a pair of nesters ... See full summary »


Harry S. Webb


Oliver Drake (story), Carl Krusada (dialogue) (as Carl Hartman)




Complete credited cast:
Tom Tyler ... Cyclone Tom Saunders
Jean Carmen Jean Carmen ... Betty Powell
Earl Dwire ... George Powell
Julian Rivero ... Pablo Carranza
Nelson McDowell ... Lem Blinky Holt
William Desmond ... John Brownell (as Bill Desmond)
Richard Alexander ... Nate (as Dick Alexander)
Charles King ... Jim Larmer
Ralph Lewis ... Justice Hiram McClump
Ben Corbett ... Deputy


Good-natured troublemaker "Cyclone" Tom Saunders is hired by a ranchers' association manager to investigate recent cattle rustling at one of their ranches and to see if a pair of nesters have anything to do with it. After discovering the nesters, pretty Betty Powell and her rickety old father, are incapable of rustling, Tom instead turns his attention to the huge, swaggering bully of a foreman, Nate Lenox. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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TINGLING DRAMA AND SWIFT JUSTICE IN A LAND OF HE-MEN! (original print ad-all caps) See more »


Action | Western


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1 April 1935 (USA) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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This film is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-46. Because of poor documentation (feature films were often not identified by title in conventional sources) no record has yet been found of its initial television broadcast. Its earliest post-WWII telecasts took place in Atlanta Saturday 5 February 1949 on WSB (Channel 8), in Los Angeles Saturday 19 February 1949 on KTSL (Channel 2), in Cincinnati, where it was shown in 2 parts, Monday-Tuesday 6-7 June 1949 on WKRC (Channel 11), in Philadelphia Wednesday 30 November 1949 on WFIL (Channel 6), and in New York City Tuesday 19 December 1950 on WATV (Channel 13). See more »


Edited into Six Gun Theater: Born to Battle (2015) See more »

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Bully Boy Tom Wins the Day!
3 June 2008 | by JohnHowardReidSee all my reviews

A threesome movie in which white-stetsoned Tom Tyler and his two scungy pals (Rivero and McDowell) are hired to clean out a nest of nesters but find themselves battling cattle rustlers instead. Writer Oliver Drake used elements from this story time and time again, but it's given a surprisingly energetic workout here with Tyler doing most of his own stunting, including two rough-and-tumble brawls with heavy, Dick Alexander.

By the usual parsimonious and somewhat choppy level of other Bernard B. Ray endeavors, this one is remarkably fluid and well-produced. With only a little time out for comedy relief (and scarcely none at all for our lovely heroine, Jean Carmen), it's mostly action all the way—and most of it expertly lensed on location.

Tyler manages to acquit himself most agreeably, despite his somewhat unsympathetic, bully-of-a-hero. I'm not a fan of Julian Rivero, but he's bearable here, thanks to his partnership with dour Nelson McDowell. Earl Dwire's part is both small and unimportant, allowing him no chances to ham it up. Charles King fans, however, are in for a surprise. He wears a neat business suit throughout!

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