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Across the Plains (1939)

Passed | | Western | 1 June 1939 (USA)
Two brothers separated when young meet as adults, one good and one bad.


Spencer Gordon Bennet (as Spencer Bennett)


Robert Emmett Tansey (screenplay) (as Robert Emmett)

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Cast overview:
Jack Randall ... Jack Winters - aka Cherokee
Frank Yaconelli Frank Yaconelli ... Lopez
Joyce Bryant ... Mary Masters
Hal Price ... Buckskin
Dennis Moore ... Jimmy Winters - aka The Kansas Kid
Glenn Strange ... Jeff Masters
Bob Card ... Buff Gordon (as Robert Card)
Bud Osborne ... Lex - Henchman
Monte Rawlins ... Rip - Henchman (as Dean Spencer)
Wylie Grant Wylie Grant ... Rawhide - Henchman
Rusty the Horse Rusty the Horse ... Rusty - Jack's Horse (as Rusty the Wonder Horse)


Two young brothers are separated when their wagon train is attacked and their parents killed. One brother Cherokee is raised by Indians and the other, the Kansas Kid, by the outlaw gang leader Buff. Twenty years later they unknowingly meet again when the Kid goes after wagons being guided by Cherokee. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Jack braves bowie knives and six-gun slugs...to rout the renegade killers of the lawless frontier! See more »




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Release Date:

1 June 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Riders of the Rio Grande See more »

Filming Locations:

Lone Pine, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film received its earliest documented telecasts in New York City Tuesday 21 September 1948 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Chicago Wednesday 12 January 1949 on WBKB (Channel 4), in Philadelphia Tuesday 20 September 1949 on Frontier Playhouse on WPTZ (Channel 3) and in Los Angeles Saturday 22 October 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5). See more »


Buff Gordon: It's the Kid! We've been double-crossed!
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The Search for Revenge Brings a Surprise Result
15 January 2011 | by tpea1See all my reviews

This is by far one of the better films Randall made . The locations are better than usual being done in the Lone Pine area . The script is far above average for the continuity . The story actually flows although the subplot of Randall and Moore being brothers takes the center stage . But this is unusual for a Monogram programmer . I was impressed by story ,continuity ,scenery and even acting . Randall was more subdued and especially Yaconelli . He can be a real pain as noted in the Tom Keene series .

Tansy was in charge of this film as well as 'The Song of Old Wyoming '. He wrote the script for this film and directed ' Song of Old Wyoming ' You can see without too much thought that this film was the genesis for " Song of Old Wyoming " and why. Buckskin ( Hal Price ) becomes Uncle Ezra ( Emmett Lynn ) . Both teach the kid how to carve a doll which reveals their true identity . The Kansas Kid ( Dennis Moore ) becomes The Cheyenne Kid ( Lash LaRue).

Randall's interest in Joyce Bryant has a little play which the ending reveals he is satisfied that justice has been satisfied . Moore had no interest in her . If you want to see Randall at his best , this is the one for you

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