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The Arizona Raiders (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Western | 28 June 1936 (USA)
After saving himself from hanging, Laramie Nelson saves Tracks Williams from the same fate. They then travel to Lindsay's ranch where they get jobs. There they run into Adams who they learn is planning to rustle Lindsay's horses.


James P. Hogan (as James Hogan)


Zane Grey (novel), Robert Yost (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview:
Buster Crabbe ... Laramie Nelson (as Larry Crabbe)
Raymond Hatton ... Tracks Williams
Marsha Hunt ... Harriett Lindsay
Betty Jane Rhodes ... Lenta Lindsay (as Jane Rhodes)
Johnny Downs ... Lonesome Alonzo Q. Mulhall
Grant Withers ... Monroe Adams, Harriett's lawyer
Don Rowan ... Henchman Luke Arledge
Arthur Aylesworth ... Andy Winthrop
Richard Carle ... Boswell Albernathy, Justice of the Peace
Petra Silva Petra Silva ... Tiny - the Maid
Ken Cooper ... Lynch Mob Member
Augie Gomez Augie Gomez ... Cowboy
Spike Spackman Spike Spackman ... Cowboy


Laramie Nelson (Buster Crabbe) falsely accused of horse-stealing, is about to be strung up by a posse when a sudden lurch of his horse knocks down his would-be executioners, and he makes his escape. He soon comes upon another hanging posse and saves "Honest" Tracks Williams (Raymond Hatton), accused of a long, long list of minor crimes, and the two ride off together. They come to a small Arizona town, and their first encounter is with attorney Monroe Adams (Grant Withers) and his client, Harriet Lindsay (Marsha Hunt), owner of the large, prosperous Spanish Peaks ranch. Harriet and Adams have come to town to stop the marriage of her young sister, Lenta (Betty Jane Rhodes), to shy young Alonzo "Lonesome" Mulhall (Johnny Downs). They are successful, and Alonzo is jailed, along with Tracks, following his attempt to shoot up the town. Tracks offers to arrange an elopement for Alonzo as soon as they are out of jail. Laramie gets them out of jail ahead of schedule by stampeding a herd of ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Drama | Western


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Release Date:

28 June 1936 (USA) See more »

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Bad Men of Arizona See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This is one of 20 Zane Grey stories, filmed by Paramount in the 1930s, which they sold to Favorite Films for re-release, circa 1950-1952. The failure of Paramount, the original copyright holder, to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »


Laramie Nelson: What does Arizona want him for?
First Sheriff: Well, nothing yet. But there's a big herd of cattle coming in today and the boys will be here a couple of weeks spending their money while the herd rests up.
Laramie Nelson: So you're locking Tracks up to keep him out of competition.
First Sheriff: Sure! We got to give the local boys a break!
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Edited into Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch (1976) See more »


My Melancholy Baby
Written by Ernie Burnett
Lyrics by George A Norton
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For Marsha Hunt Fans
17 February 2009 | by aimless-46See all my reviews

"The Arizona Raiders" (1936) is what I call an "uneven film". They took a pretty good Zane Grey story and then assembled an excellent ensemble of actors; but Paramount Pictures tried to bring the thing in on a shoestring. Even by the low budget standards of the one-hour "B" westerns of its day this one stands out as a cheap production. Lots of lame stock footage poorly matched with studio close-ups and coupled with clumsily staged action sequences made even weaker by having key portions of the action happening off screen.

Fortunately there are enough good performances that overall the film ranks pretty high on the pecking order of these Saturday matinée features. Larry "Buster" Crabbe of Olympic swimming and "Flash Gordon" fame plays the standard wondering cowpoke western hero. Like a lot of famous non-actors who got work in the movies he pretty much plays himself in every part, but he has a nice relaxed screen presence that fits this particular character especially well. Character actor and Johnny Mack Brown sidekick Raymond Hatton provides a lot of comic relief as Buster's sidekick (what a surprise) who is a weird combination of Doc Holiday and Uncle Joe from "Petticoat Junction". And Johnny Downs nicely underplays one of his earnest young men characters; named Alonzo "Lonesome" Mulhall.

The prize of the cast is a very young Marsha Hunt in one of her first roles. Hunt was the Janet Leigh of her era; there is quite a physical resemblance in addition to which both actresses were a little too intelligent looking for the movie business. Which did have the advantage of giving almost all the characters they played a subtle kind of dimensionality. The film would have benefited from a few more shots of Marsha (especially some better close-ups) but she is in enough scenes and there is enough excellent acting demonstrated to make the film mandatory viewing for her fans.

The three male stars are essentially a mismatched version of the "Three Mesquiteers" who assist the female owner of the Spanish Peaks Ranch to foil a plot to steal her herd of horses. The film gets unintentionally hilarious in its climatic stampede scene as the stock footage background projection transforms a modest size herd into enough horses to outfit several dozen regiments of cavalry.

The Lions Gate DVD is not an especially good print but its Special Features are a real treasure. These include two documentary style films made by Zane Grey and a third documentary about the author himself who was a very interesting character.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.

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