Fighting Shadows (1935)

Genres - Action, Western  |   Run Time - 58 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Filmed on location at Big Bear and Wrightwood, CA, this Tim McCoy series entry from Columbia moved the stalwart hero from the range to the Pacific Northwest and gave him a handsome young co-star in Robert Allen, a former singer. McCoy played Tim O'Hara, a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police assigned to investigate an illegal fur trading racket. A former friend of Tim's, Brad Harrison (Ward Bond), gets in the way of things, and the mountie is at one point falsely accused of killing Randall (Bud Osborne). But Randall was one of gang leader Stalkey's (Otto Hoffman) henchmen assigned to murder Tim. Bob Rutledge (Allen) arrives from mountie headquarters with orders to arrest his colleague but Brad comes through in the end and clears Tim of all charges. Columbia producer Irving Briskin was rather obviously grooming handsome Robert Allen to take over from the aging McCoy but then changed his mind and Allen was instead re-assigned as leading man for coloratura Grace Moore (Love Me Forever, 1935). Allen did eventually get his own B-Western series, six Texas Rangers films from 1936 to 1937.

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bad-guy, fur-trapper, gangster, good-guy, lawman, lawyer, mounted-police, outlaw [Western]