The Man from Tumbleweeds

Directed by Joseph H. Lewis
1940    59m    Not Rated
Powder Kilgore (Ray Bennett as Raphael Bennett) kills freighter Jeff Cameron (Edward LeSaint) and the latter's daughter, "Spunky" (Iris Meredith), sends for gunfighter Wild Bill Saunders (Bill Elliott, in another of his more than 195 films in which he was never, not once, billed as William 'Wild Bill' Elliott.) Bill finds that few men care to buck the Kilgore gang, and he gets consent from Governor Dawson (Don Beddoe) to form a state ranger's organization out of gunmen now in prison, the men to be pardoned if they prove themselves worthy. (A plot line used at least six times by writer/director Robert Emmett Tansey elsewhere in a ten year period.) Bill whips a Kilgore henchman, Lightning Barlow (Francis Walker), who is offering "Spunky" protection in return for a half-share in her freighting business. Bill jails Barlow and other Kilgore gang members when he and his "rangers" foil an attempted gold-shipment holdup. "Spunky" and her helper Cannonball (Dub Taylor) stumble on Kilgore's hideout and are taken prisoner. Bill rescues them, but Kilgore and his henchman surround the hideout.
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Cast of The Man from Tumbleweeds
  • Bill ElliottWild Bill Saunders
  • Iris Meredith'Spunky' Cameron
  • Dub TaylorCannonball
  • Ray BennettPowder Kilgore
  • Francis WalkerLightning Barlow
  • Ernie AdamsShifty Sheldon
  • Al HillHonest John Webster
  • Stanley BrownSlash
  • Richard FiskeKId Dixon
  • Edward LeSaintJeff Cameron
  • Don BeddoeGovernor Dawson
  • Hank BellStage Driver
  • Bruce BennettPrison Warden
  • Buel BryantRanger
  • Edward CecilWilson - Governor's Butler
  • George ChesebroBank Robber
  • Steve ClarkTumbleweeds Marshal
  • Tex CooperGun Sight Townsman
  • Art DillardHenchman
  • Jack EvansHenchman
  • George FiskeHenchman
  • Olin FrancisBlake - Bearded Bank Robber
  • George HazelHenchman
  • Ray JonesHenchman
  • Jack KingHenchman (uncredited)
  • Eddie LaughtonBanker Jackson
  • Jay LawrenceRanger
  • Jack LowRanger
  • Frank McCarrollStage Guard
  • George MorrellTumblweeds Bank Teller
  • Herman NowlinHenchman
  • Jack TornekTownsman
  • John TyrrellRanch Henchman
  • Blackie WhitefordHenchman
  • Billy WilsonHenchman

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