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Frontier Vengeance (1940)

Jim Sanders (Don 'Red' Barry), young cowhand, returns to his hometown for a reunion with his boyhood friend Clay Blackburn (George Offerman Jr.). Once there he learns that Clay's father, ... See full summary »


Nate Watt, George Sherman (uncredited)


Bennett Cohen (story and screenplay), Barry Shipman (screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Don 'Red' Barry ... Jim Sanders
Betty Moran ... Ruth Hunter
George Offerman Jr. ... Clay Blackburn
Ivan Miller Ivan Miller ... Frank Blackburn
Obed 'Dad' Pickard Obed 'Dad' Pickard ... Rocky
Cindy Walker Cindy Walker ... Singer Cindy
Kenneth MacDonald ... Slash
Griff Barnett ... Joel Hunter (as Griff Barnette)
Yakima Canutt ... Henchman Zack
Jack Lawrence Jack Lawrence ... Henchman Moyer
Matty Roubert ... Henchman Pinto
Fred 'Snowflake' Toones ... Snowflake (as Snowflake)


Jim Sanders (Don 'Red' Barry), young cowhand, returns to his hometown for a reunion with his boyhood friend Clay Blackburn (George Offerman Jr.). Once there he learns that Clay's father, Frank Blackburn (Ivan Miller), is the unscrupulous proprietor of a stagecoach line and is out to bankrupt the line run by Joel Hunter (Griff Barnett'), the father of Jim's sweetheart Ruth Hunter (Betty Moran). Jim is forced to lead the fight against his best friend. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Action | Western


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Release Date:

10 October 1940 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


From the 1940 original-release pressbook:
  • "Appendicitis seemed to be the jinx which pursued many of the principals concerned with the production of Republic's "Frontier Vegeance." Production was postponed when Don "Red" Barry, the star, suffered an acute attack and was taken to the hospital for an appendectomy. No sooner had he recovered when George Sherman, associate producer/director of the series, suffered a similar attack, as did Bob Mark, the make-up supervisor. Eddy White, Republic associate producer/director stepped into Sherman's shoes."
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A pretty good Don "Red" Barry oater
17 May 2012 | by PaularocSee all my reviews

Don "Red" Barry plays a cowhand (Jim Sanders) on his way to meet an old friend, Clay Blackburn, when he comes upon a stagecoach being set upon by robbers. The driver of the stage is Ruth Hunter who, with her father, runs the Hunter Stage Line. Jim soon has the reunion with Clay whose father, Frank Blackburn, is the unscrupulous owner of a rival stagecoach line and is trying to run the Hunters out of business. Both companies are in completion to get the pending mail contract. Blackburn, unbeknown to his son Clay, has hired thugs to harass and rob the Hunter Stagecoach. Jim goes to work for the Hunter line as a driver. The best action segments of the film are when Jim (or, more likely, the stuntman) stops a runaway stage and an exciting stagecoach race. The winner of the mail contract will be settled by the stagecoach race. I particularly liked the Ruth Hunter character (played by Betty Moran) for she has spunk. And unlike Lou Grant, of the Mary Tyler Moore show, I like spunk – it's refreshing to see. Don Barry did a rather so-so job. I kept looking at the henchman "Slash" thinking that he sure did look familiar. I looked it up and found that it was Kenneth MacDonald who played a judge many times on the Perry Mason television show. He did a good job as a judge and a good job as a thug.

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