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The Vigilante: Fighting Hero of the West (1947)

Approved | | Action, Crime | 22 May 1947 (USA)
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The Vigilante, a masked government agent, is assigned to investigate the case of the "100 Tears of Blood", a cursed string of rare blood red pearls sought by a gang led by the unknown X-1 that may have been smuggled into the country.

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Wallace Fox

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Arthur Hoerl (screenplay), Lewis Clay (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ralph Byrd ... Greg Sanders / The Vigilante
Ramsay Ames ... Betty Winslow
Lyle Talbot ... George Pierce
George Offerman Jr. ... Stuff
Robert Barron ... Prince Hamil
Hugh Prosser Hugh Prosser ... Police Capt. Reilly
Jack Ingram ... Silver / X-2
Eddie Parker ... Doc / X-3
Tiny Brauer Tiny Brauer ... Thorne, a.k.a. X-9 [Chs.9-11,14-15] (as Bill Brauer)
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Storyline

The Vigilante, a masked government agent, is assigned to investigate the case of the "100 Tears of Blood", a cursed string of rare blood red pearls sought by a gang led by the unknown X-1 that may have been smuggled into the country.

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arab | prince | stable | ruby | villain | See All (38) »

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MARKED FOR DESTRUCTION! (original Lobby Card - all caps) See more »

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Action | Crime

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 May 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mystiriodis ekdikitis See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(15 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The hero of this serial is the Golden Age Vigilante; the second Vigilante, Adrian Chase, was a lawyer who took to fighting criminals after his family was slain by gangsters, and who took his own life after his true identity was revealed on national TV. See more »

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When showing inside the Café, you see the same dance crowd. See more »

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Fighting hero of the west on a motorcycle!
10 January 2007 | by stevehaynieSee all my reviews

There is a simple irony that the lead character travels everywhere on a motorcycle, yet the story revolves around horses. The Vigilante: Fighting Hero of the West is based on one of DC Comics' lesser known, but interesting characters. In the comics and the serial Greg Sanders was a singing cowboy, but there is only one real singing cowboy song when Ralph Byrd performs "Saturday Night In San Antone" during the first chapter. There is much more music in the night club that shows up many times, and Ramsay Ames' singing is by far one of the highlights of this serial. Later chapters do present more western action, but there is no more western music.

I wish this had been a Republic serial because at times it seems to drag a little. The mandatory fights scenes take place often enough, but they lack the "oomph" that Republic was able to add to every serial. A mistake that cannot be missed is the two visits to the blacksmith's shop. It is trashed the first time, but totally rebuilt the second time. The clue for which everyone searches cannot be found in the first visit, but is totally visible and accessible in the second visit. This is too obvious to be forgivable. Experienced viewers may guess the identity of X-1 early on, but the build up to the villain's unmasking is part of the fun.

Although I have a problem with the continuity there are a lot of positives for The Vigilante. The plot was a combination of the best Gene Autry westerns and the many secret agent serials of its time. Mystery surrounds the stolen horses and the meaning of "100 tears of blood." Arabs, gangsters, cowboys, and secret agents are enough to hold my attention. Anything with Lyle Talbot is worth watching, too.


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