White Renegade (1931)

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Produced, written, and directed by Jack Irving, an obscure Poverty Row entrepreneur who released a quartet of cheap Western melodramas through Artclass in 1931, this movie was filmed as The Empire Builders back in 1929. Irving failed to find a distributor until October of 1931, when dialogue and two songs (Just a Song at Twilight and My Mother's Prayer) were added. A would-be epic about a travelling medicine showman whose wife takes up with a nasty gambler, the Western featured veteran villain Tom Santschi (The Spoilers, 1914), and such relative newcomers as Blanche Mehaffey, Reed Howes, Mr. And Mrs. Ted Wells (she was Martha Barclay), and Marjorie Keyes. Philo McCullough and Mark Hamilton added their special brand of villainy to the proceedings, while Tom Murray and Billy Franey provided comedy relief. The White Renegade played less demanding rural theaters only.