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Cowboy and the Prizefighter (1949)

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59 min | Western

In the fourth and last Red Ryder (following "Ride, Rider, Ride", "Roll, Thunder, Roll" and "The Fighting Redhead" in that order) of the Equity Pictures for Eagle-Lion distribution, filmed in Cinecolor, Red Ryder takes Steve Stevenson, who ...See moreIn the fourth and last Red Ryder (following "Ride, Rider, Ride", "Roll, Thunder, Roll" and "The Fighting Redhead" in that order) of the Equity Pictures for Eagle-Lion distribution, filmed in Cinecolor, Red Ryder takes Steve Stevenson, who has saved Red's life, to his ranch and gives him a job. Red's aunt, the Duchess, knew Steve's father, who supposedly committed suicide after losing his ranch betting on a prizefight. Steve refuses to believe that his father took his own life and the Duchess backs him up. On the way to town, Red, Steve, ranch hand Buckshot Blodgett and Red's young Indian pal, Little Beaver, break up an attempted stagecoach robbery. Mark Palmer, the gambler who caused the death of Steve's father, is a passenger. In town, Steve meets Sue Evans, who is going to work for saloon owner Bart Osborne. Palmer and Osborne are working together and want Ryder's ranch, and they develop a plan to have Red fight Palmer's pugilist, Bull Massoon. Steve, a boxer in college, takes Red's place. Steve loses to Massoon, but before Red can determine whether it was a fair fight, a rider reports a robbery of the stage office. Red goes after the outlaws, and the gold is recovered. Red maneuvers a fight with Massoon, and beats him after Massoon drops a piece of lead pipe hidden in his hand. Palmer admits to having murdered Steve's father, and Steve learns that Sue was forced to work for Osborne to pay off a debt owed by her brother. Written by Les Adams See less
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Writers
Fred Harman (characters) | Jerry Thomas (screenplay)
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Joseph Gluck (as Joseph P. Gluck)
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Updated Dec 15, 1949

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Dec 15, 1949 (United States)

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18 cast members
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Jim Bannon
Red Ryder Red Ryder   See fewer
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Don Reynolds
Little Beaver (as Little Brown Jug) Little Beaver (as Little Brown Jug)   See fewer
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Emmett Lynn
Buckskin Blodgett Buckskin Blodgett   See fewer
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Marin Sais
The Duchess The Duchess   See fewer
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Don Haggerty
Steve Stevenson Steve Stevenson   See fewer
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Karen Randle
Sue Evans Sue Evans   See fewer
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John Hart
Mark Palmer Mark Palmer   See fewer
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Lane Bradford
Deuce Sampson - Hired Gun Deuce Sampson - Hired Gun   See fewer
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Marshall Reed
Bart Osborne Bart Osborne   See fewer
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Forrest Taylor
Miles Stevenson Miles Stevenson   See fewer
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Frank Ellis
Sheriff Sheriff   See fewer
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Bud Osborne
Ernie - Stagecoach Driver Ernie - Stagecoach Driver   See fewer
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Lou Nova
Bull Mason - Prizefighter (as Lou Nova the Prize Fighter) Bull Mason - Prizefighter (as Lou Nova the Prize Fighter)   See fewer
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Steve Clark
Sam - Townsman (uncredited) Sam - Townsman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Herman Hack
Timekeeper (uncredited) Timekeeper (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ray Jones
Fight Spectator (uncredited) Fight Spectator (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Low
Fight Spectator (uncredited) Fight Spectator (uncredited)   See fewer
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Frank O'Connor
Jack - Townsman (uncredited) Jack - Townsman (uncredited)   See fewer
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7.3 / 10 | 18 votes