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Rio Rattler (1935)

Approved | | Western | 1 August 1935 (USA)
A dying Marshal gives his identification papers to Tom. After Tom arrives in town, the papers drop and are found during a fight so Tom decides to assume the Marshal's identity. Mason, the ... See full summary »


Bernard B. Ray (as Franklin Shamray)


Bennett Cohen (story), Carl Krusada (screenplay)




Cast overview:
Tom Tyler ... Tom Denton
Eddie Gribbon ... Soapy
Marion Shilling ... Mary Adams
William Gould ... Banker Mason
Tom London ... Ranger Bob Adams
Slim Whitaker ... Rattler Brown (as Charles Whittaker)
Lafe McKee ... Pop - Hotel Owner (as Lafayette McKee)
Ace Cain Ace Cain ... Sam Hall - Henchman
Frank Ellis Frank Ellis ... Tonto - Henchman


A dying Marshal gives his identification papers to Tom. After Tom arrives in town, the papers drop and are found during a fight so Tom decides to assume the Marshal's identity. Mason, the chief, now sends Rattler, the killer of the Marshal, to also kill Tom. But when he overhears Tom is a fake, they change their plans and now go to arrest Tom for the murder of the Marshal. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Release Date:

1 August 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De bende van Rio See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

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 documented telecast took place in Cincinnati, where it was shown in two parts Sunday-Monday 10-11 April 1949 on freshly launched WKRC (Channel 11); in Atlanta it first aired Saturday 14 May 1949 on WSB (Channel 8), in Philadelphia Wednesday 28 December 1949 on WFIL (Channel 6), and in Los Angeles Tuesday 17 January 1950 on KLAC (Channel 13). See more »


Although the story seems to be taking place in the era of buckboards, stagecoaches, oil lamps, and primitive wall telephones, Marion Shilling, the leading lady, as well as all the other women visible in the film, wears 1935 fashions and hairstyles. See more »


Remade as Crashing Thru (1949) See more »

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There's Trouble on this B-Western Set
10 December 2004 | by Mike-764See all my reviews

Tom Denton and Soapy come across a friend Bob Allen with a bullet in his back. Before dying, Allen says he's a Texas Ranger traveling incognito to the town of Rio to drive out the outlaw elements and gives his identification to Tom. Tom and Soapy arrive in Rio and the former is appointed sheriff, when Mason (hidden outlaw leader) notices Allen's identification on Tom. Mason believes Tom will end up like all the other sheriffs (pushing up daisies on Boot Hill), but Tom and Soapy start enforcing the law and Mason decides Tom is to be eliminated. Mason sees an opportunity when Rattler (gunhand and the murderer of Allen) finds out that Tom is not really Allen and has Mary (Allen's sister) accuse him of his brother's murder. Routine oater with little nuances and twists to make it stand out. Tyler is good as usual and watching him here makes you wish he were in movies with better production values, which this clearly does not have. The set up for the ending is good, but the end seems ordinary. Nice comic relief from the "Singing Smith Brothers" who shoot or fight anyone who thinks their singing is terrible. (They would be fighting 24/7) Rating, based on B-westerns, 4

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