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The Courageous Avenger (1935)

Passed | | Western | 12 December 1935 (USA)
An agent sent to investigate the thefts of gold bullion shipments discovers that the mine owner is behind it. He also finds out that the owner has his gang capture travelers in the desert to use as slave labor in the mine.


Robert N. Bradbury


Charles F. Royal (original story) (as Chas. Francis Royal), Charles F. Royal (adaptation) (as Chas. Francis Royal)

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Complete credited cast:
Johnny Mack Brown ... Kirk Baxter
Helen Ericson ... Beth Stonewell
Warner Richmond ... Gorman
Eddie Parker ... Wellford - Henchman
Ed Cassidy ... Mr. Carson (as E. Cassidy)
Frank Ball ... M. H. Davis
Forrest Taylor ... The Chief
Earl Dwire ... Prisoner


Kirk Baxter has been sent to investigate murder and robbery involving gold shipments. Identifying a gang member by his bullets, he uses that man's horse to locate and join the gang. He learns the gang is tipped off to the shipments by a mine employee using carrier pigeons. But the next message reveals his true identity and he is made a prisoner. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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A STRUGGLE FOR LIFE IN THE GREED FOR GOLD! (original ad - all caps) See more »




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Release Date:

12 December 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El intrépido vengador See more »

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Supreme Pictures See more »
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1.37 : 1
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This film received its earliest documented telecasts in Los Angeles Monday 23 May 1949 on KNBH (Channel 4), in Salt Lake City Wednesday 16 November 1949 on KDYL (Channel 4), in Cincinnati Saturday 31 December 1949 on WLW-T (Channel 4), and in New York City Saturday 29 September 1950 on WATV (Channel 13). See more »

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Johnny Mack Brown Battles Domestic Abuse, Armed Robbery, And White Slavery!
17 April 2010 | by FightingWesternerSee all my reviews

Lawman Johnny Mack Brown is called in to hunt down a gang of cutthroats who rob gold shipments as they pass through the desert, murdering the escorts with silver bullets. In a bizarre twist, the baddies own a silver mine in which they force a handful of scrawny men to work as slaves!

A standard-issue Saturday matinée B-western, this is straight-forward and pleasant enough entertainment for fans of the genre. Brown's always a good hero, the heavies extremely nasty, and leading lady Helen Erickson extremely good-looking!

Filled with great cinematography, Courageous Avenger features some breathtaking rocky desert scenery that add to the film's atmosphere, as do the scenes of the creepy, half-crazed old men chained to a spinning wheel. They look as if they belong in a 1930's zombie movie!

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