Deadwood Dick (1940)

Genres - Western  |   Release Date - Jul 19, 1940 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 285 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hans J. Wollstein

Don Douglas, a rather bland supporting actor from Scotland, was elevated to the starring role in this low-budget Western serial produced by Columbia Pictures. Yet another reworking on the old Zorro theme, Deadwood Dick took 15 instalments to tell the simple story of Dick Stanley, a newspaperman tracking down the Skull, a notorious villain terrorizing the Dakota Territory. Dick dons a masked disguise to battle an impressive array of villains that included such B-Western favorites as Marin Sais, Yakima Canutt, Franklyn Farnum, Charles King, Edmund Cobb, Bud Osborne, Tom London, and Al Ferguson. Leading lady Lorna Gray later signed with Republic Pictures and changed her name to Adrian Booth.