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Riddle Ranch (1935)

Approved | | Western | 2 July 1937 (UK)
Rigging a horse race, Don Carlos wins a lot of money. When he loses his winnings at the gambling table, he shoots the dealer with Horton's gun. Horton is arrested but cannot prove his innocence.


Charles Hutchison


L.V. Jefferson (story), L.V. Jefferson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Black King Black King ... Black King (as Black King the Horse with the Human Brain)
David Worth ... Bob Horton
June Marlowe ... Helen
Baby Charlene Barry Baby Charlene Barry ... Young Betty (as Baby Charline Barry)
Julian Rivero ... Don Carlos
Richard Cramer ... Jim Riddle
Art Felix Art Felix ... Henchman Pedro (as Arturo Feliz)
Fred 'Snowflake' Toones ... Snowflake (as Snowflake)
Henry Sylvester Henry Sylvester ... Sheriff
Budd Buster ... Henchman Antonio
Ray Gallagher ... Deputy Tom


Don Carlos, Mexican renegade, wanted by his government for espionage, but who poses as a horse buyer,wants to buy "Black King," Owner Jim Riddle refuses and Carlos is determined to get the horse by hook or crook. A race is arranged between a Carlos horse and "Black King", with the winning owner to take the other's horse. Carlos sends a henchie to fix "Black King" so that he goes lame and loses. Bob Horton, who loves Riddle's niece, Helen, rides the horse and is accused of pulling a double-cross. That night at Riddle's gambling house Carlos loses, and shoots a gambler with Bob's gun.Bob is accused and escapes to Mexico. Exhausted, he finds a water hole and, while drinking (and surprised to find that it isn't poisoned, considering the kind of day he has had) ol' "Black King" (the Horse With a Human Brain) limps up. He has been freed by Betty, Helen's six-year-old sister. Bob discovers the wire that had been twisted into the horses' leg by the henchman. Bob and the horse elude the posse ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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THE HORSE WITH THE HUMAN BRAIN(original posters and ads-all caps)




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2 July 1937 (UK) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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This film is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-1946. Because of poor documentation (feature films were often not identified by title in conventional sources) no record has yet been found of its initial television broadcast. Its earliest documented telecasts took place in Cincinnati Tuesday 6 December 1949 on WCPO (Channel 7) and in Philadelphia Tuesday 27 December 1949 on WFIL (Channel 6). See more »

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Horse had a bad agent
13 March 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

There are probably a gazillion of these old westerns out there and no one could get to all of them in a lifetime, though I know someone who is trying. The 'star' of the film is the horse Black King whom the publicity states for this poverty row independent has a human brain. If that's the case, he had a bad agent who signed him up for this dreadful western which is bad in all departments.

Among others is botched editing so the story if it wasn't incoherent before is now. Black King is one man horse and only David Worth can ride him and do it without a bridle or saddle the same way Bobby Diamond used to with Fury.

The horse is owned by Richard Cramer who is uncle to June Marlowe doing her best to imitate the platinum blond looks of Jean Harlow and little Charlene Berry. Cramer doesn't like Worth and has a lustful eye toward his niece. A little adult for the kiddie trade.

Julian Rivero is our villain responsible for any skullduggery afoot in this film including murder. He overacts to beat the band because he knows this is a Thanksgiving special.

Riddle Ranch, one stinkarooney of a western.

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