6.2/10
60
6 user

Code of the Cactus (1939)

Approved | | Action, Western | 25 February 1939 (USA)
When Blackton outbids Bill Carson. Bill suspects he will have to rustle cattle to fulfill the contract. So Bill arrives posing as an Mexican. When he rustles the cattle from the rustlers, ... See full summary »

Director:

Sam Newfield

Writer:

Edward Halperin (original story and screenplay)
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

More Like This 

Certificate: Passed Adventure | Crime | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

In a horse-riding rodeo contest bad guys want John Weston to lose. When he doesn't go along they add some insurance: a poisoned needle just under his saddle.

Director: Robert N. Bradbury
Stars: John Wayne, Polly Ann Young, Anita Campillo
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Jerry Mason, a young Texan, and Jake Benson, an old rancher, become partners and strike it rich with a gold mine. They then find their lives complicated by bad guys and a woman.

Director: Robert N. Bradbury
Stars: John Wayne, Barbara Sheldon, George 'Gabby' Hayes
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Lightning Carson's nephew has been falsely accused of murder. To get in with the gang, Lightning poses as a Mexican. He also appears as himself making his costume changes at his sister's ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Newfield
Stars: Tim McCoy, Joan Barclay, Ted Adams
Texas Cyclone (1932)
Action | Adventure | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Pecos Grant rides into a strange town only to find that everyone recognizes him, not as Pecos Grant, but as a presumed-dead man named Rawlins. Even Rawlins' wife thinks her husband has come back. Pecos sets out to solve the mystery.

Director: D. Ross Lederman
Stars: Tim McCoy, Shirley Grey, Wheeler Oakman
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Before he was killed, Martin hid a half million dollars worth of bonds on his ranch. Brainard, who killed him, Inspector Carson posing as Sam Brown, and Martin's niece Margaret all want the ranch, and it's being sold at auction.

Director: Sam Newfield
Stars: Tim McCoy, Julie Sheldon, Ben Corbett
Action | Crime | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A cardsharp comes to the aid of a Mexican family.

Director: Sam Newfield
Stars: Tim McCoy, Luana Walters, Rex Lease
Blue Steel (1934)
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

U.S. marshal John Carruthers observes a robbery and Sheriff Jake thinks he may be the culprit. Meanwhile the town's leading citizen is planning to rob everybody blind.

Director: Robert N. Bradbury
Stars: John Wayne, Eleanor Hunt, George 'Gabby' Hayes
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A lawman captures the notorious "Pecos Kid", who is tried and hanged for his crimes--then starts to have doubts as to whether the Kid actually committed the crimes.

Director: Sam Newfield
Stars: Tim McCoy, Lois January, Rex Lease
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

An undercover agent for the government is sent to round up a gang of counterfeiters operating near the Mexican border.

Director: Carl Pierson
Stars: John Wayne, Marion Burns, Reed Howes
Action | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Ted Hayden impersonates a wanted man and joins Gentry's gang only to learn later that Gentry was the one who killed his father. He saves Virginia Winters' dad's ranch from Gentry and also rescues his long-lost brother Spud.

Director: Robert N. Bradbury
Stars: John Wayne, Virginia Brown Faire, George 'Gabby' Hayes
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Maynard hears the cry of the weird masked "phantom" of Tombstone Canyon. The plot thickens when Maynard discovers a man with a key to his past has been murdered by the phantom.

Director: Alan James
Stars: Ken Maynard, Cecilia Parker, Sheldon Lewis
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The arrival of the telegraph put Pony Express riders like John Blair and his pal Smoky out of work. A race will decide whether they or stageline owner Drake get the government mail contract.

Director: Mack V. Wright
Stars: John Wayne, Phyllis Fraser, Lew Kelly
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tim McCoy ... 'Lightning' Bill Carson
Dorothy Short Dorothy Short ... Joan
Ben Corbett ... Magpie
Ted Adams ... Thurston
Stephen Chase ... James (as Alden Chase)
Dave O'Brien ... Bob Swane
Forrest Taylor ... Blackton
Bob Terry ... Henchman Lefty
Slim Whitaker ... Sheriff Burton (as Slim Whittacker)
Frank Wayne Frank Wayne ... Henchman Jake
Edit

Storyline

When Blackton outbids Bill Carson. Bill suspects he will have to rustle cattle to fulfill the contract. So Bill arrives posing as an Mexican. When he rustles the cattle from the rustlers, it gets him into the gang. Hoping to bring them all to justice, he is in trouble when his true identity is revealed. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

AN ACTION THRILLER! (original print ad-all caps)

Genres:

Action | Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 February 1939 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The earliest documented telecast of this film in the New York City area occurred Saturday 17 June 1944 on pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1); in Philadelphia it first aired Thursday 18 August 1949 on Frontier Playhouse on WPTZ (Channel 3), and in Los Angeles Saturday 5 November 1949 on KFI (Channel 9). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lefty, gang truck driver: You know, Jake, back in Chicago I never thought I'd be punchin' cattle... mostly belongin' to other people.
Jake, gang truck shotgun: Yeah, usin' trucks for rustlin' is the latest thing.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Cowboy Legends: 50 Movie MegaPack (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Across The Boundary Line
Written by Johnny Lange and Lew Porter
Sung by Art Davis
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Fumbles A Novel Idea
18 July 2019 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

I hate to be a dissenting voice, but at best this is a mediocre oater or should I say ten-wheeler. Director Newfield appears unconcerned with the staging-- for example, O'Brien's wounded in one shot and fully recovered in the next, then there's the awkward opening sequence that fails to plausibly combine the sequences. As a former front-row kid, my enjoyment of these matinees doesn't depend on their logic, but I hate to have my nose rubbed in it.

McCoy plays an eye-rolling Mexican hero with some amusing pidgin Spanish like "You'll see me later" instead of "Adios". He goes undercover in order to break up a rustling ring and find out who's in charge. At the same time, there's quite a bit of hard riding that doesn't always make sense. On the other hand, the freight truck rustlers amounts to a dramatic and novel idea that carries the hour. There's also a lot of fast shooting. Too bad, however, so few gunslingers seem to aim, especially Carson, who looks like he's "throwing" his gun and bullets instead of aiming, (thanks Newfield).

Too bad we don't see more of O'Brien and especially his then wife, the lovely Dorothy Short-- after all the ugly guys, we need a girl break. Anyway, except for the truck angle and Art Davis's delightful way with a western song, it's a forgettable oater.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 6 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed