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by Boyd Magers

There are over 150 B-westerns, shorts and serials considered as "lost", "missing" or "unavailable", the preponderance of them being Charles Starrett Columbias, certain Monogram titles and plenty of early 1930s low budget affairs. At any rate - here's the list of B-westerns, shorts and serials that are MIA. If you know the whereabouts of any of these titles on film, VHS or DVD, please contact Boyd Magers or Chuck Anderson.
... Boyd Magers

The Old Corral website was started in 1998, and over the years, I've received many e-mails asking the whereabouts and status of westerns and serials. Thankfully, most titles are available. But among the lost and missing, there's three films - and one series - that seem to be on the want/wish list of many people. The most requested lost/missing film is John Wayne's THE OREGON TRAIL (Republic, 1936), and a year or two ago, there were rumors that a print had been discovered. Apparently not. Next are the Allan Lane serial DAREDEVILS OF THE WEST (Republic, 1943) and Johnny Mack Brown's MONTANA DESPERADO (Monogram, 1951) - and both of those are now available for home viewing. And there are lots of people looking for Charles Starrett Columbias. Thanks to Boyd for assembling this list.

About this listing - while some titles are probably lost forever, there are many that are just plain UNAVAILABLE. Negatives or positive prints may be missing pieces of the picture or sound; some - or portions of some films - were lost to film vault fires or nitrate decomposition; and some ultra low budget Poverty Row stuff disappeared because no one saved it. On a positive note, stuff does exist ... somewhere. Columbia didn't release many of their Starrett/Durango Kids on TV, but they probably (hopefully) have a bunch stored in a vault somewhere (and a few have been recently put on DVD by Sony Classics). Some titles are not available in the U.S., but are around in overseas markets or in an overseas film storage facility.

... Chuck Anderson

LAST UPDATE: April 5, 2015

January 13, 2009: thanks to Earnie Price for the heads up on Tex Ritter's ROLLIN' WESTWARD (Monogram, 1939). Alpha Video/ released that film, paired up with Tex's ROLLING HOME TO TEXAS (Monogram, 1941), on a DVD double feature in late February, 2009:

January 17, 2009: thanks to Michael Nella for advising that the Robert Shayne "Santa Fe Trail" short GUN TO GUN (Warners, 1944) is included in the Warners Errol Flynn Westerns Collection (which has Flynn's MONTANA, ROCKY MOUNTAIN, SAN ANTONIO and VIRGINIA CITY). GUN TO GUN is on the MONTANA DVD.

February 24, 2009: WANDERER OF THE WASTELAND (Paramount, 1935) with Buster Crabbe added to the listing.

April 1, 2009: SOUTH OF SONORA (West Coast Studios, 1930) with Buffalo Bill Jr. added to the list.

January 12, 2010: added the John Carroll ROSE OF THE RIO GRANDE (Monogram, 1938) to the list. Carroll did this Zorro knock off about a year after starring in the ZORRO RIDES AGAIN cliffhanger.

February 1, 2010: Michael Nella e-mailed that Sinister Cinema is releasing three of the Charles Starrett westerns, COLORADO TRAIL (1938), SPOILERS OF THE RANGE (1939) and WEST OF SANTA FE (1938). Sinister's website is at:

May 18, 2010: Alpha/ has released the Jack Donovan TWISTED RAILS (Imperial, 1934) - but it's NOT a western. From Boyd Magers: Very nice little B-movie from Imperial w/ Philo McCullogh as the heavy ... loads of action, but it's a 1930s railroad movie.

July 19, 2010: added two more Charles Starrett/Durango Kid westerns to the list - LIGHTNING GUNS (Columbia, 1950) and RIDIN' THE OUTLAW TRAIL (Columbia, 1951).

December, 2010: the Serial Squadron announced that the Allan Lane DAREDEVILS OF THE WEST serial will be available on DVD. I ordered and my DVD arrived on February 15, 2011. More info at the Serial Squadron website:

September, 2011: a couple of the Tex Williams shorts are now found.

November 19, 2011: Michael Nella and Ron Blalock e-mailed about the Warner Archives Monogram Western Collection DVD set Volume 1. There's 9 films on 3 DVDs - one of the movies is the Jimmy Wakely COWBOY CAVALIER (Monogram, 1948). Film titles and more info at the WB Shop (and you can pre-order for about $35.00):

November 25, 2011: Lars Kvam e-mailed me about Alpha Video/ releasing a DVD containing the Jack Perrin Bud 'n' Ben short RIDING GENTS (Reliable, 1934). More info at:

December 22, 2011: Ron Blalock is monitoring the Warner Archives release of Monogram westerns. He e-mailed me that Monogram Collection DVD set Volume 2 is to be released in mid January, 2012, and it includes 8 films - 6 with Whip Wilson and 2 with Rod Cameron. Two of the Whip Wilson's are MONTANA INCIDENT (Monogram, 1952) and THE GUNMAN (Monogram, 1952) which are on our lost/missing westerns list. Film titles and more info at the WB Shop (and you can pre-order for about $35.00):

September, 2012: The WB Shop continues to release Monogram oaters on MOD (made on demand) DVD sets. Their Monogram Cowboy Collection Volume 4 includes the Johnny Mack Brown MONTANA DESPERADO (1951):

October 5, 2012: Hermitage Hill Media has issued chapters 1-6 of the Tom Tyler CLANCY OF THE MOUNTED (Universal, 1933) serial on DVD. Chapters 7-12 remain lost/missing.
January 23, 2013 update: Bear Manor Media is a book publisher/seller and they also have a sister website called Cover Out. That Cover Out website says they have "a handful of these" Clancy DVDs available for about $20.00. If you decide to order, you probably should call them at 580-252-3547 to verify that they still have stock on Clancy:

April, 2013: A couple people have e-mailed about the Charles Starrett HAWK OF WILD RIVER (1952) being found. A pieced together copy of that film - in not very good condition - is available for about $7.00 from Finders Keepers LLC. Have no experience with that video company, but their Starrett DVD is at:

June, 2013: Richard Harrison e-mailed about a bunch of Jack Perrin oaters on DVD. Titles include: BEYOND THE RIO GRANDE (1930), FORTY-FIVE CALIBRE ECHO (1932), THE KID FROM ARIZONA (1931), LARIATS AND SIX-SHOOTERS (1931), PHANTOM OF THE DESERT (1930), and WILD WEST WHOOPEE (1931). Go to:
Updated June 11, 2013: got an e-mail from Gordon Gregersen who tried to order these from Bob Carman's B-Western Collectables website. There was a boo-boo at Carman's end and these Perrin's are NOT available at present. So those titles go from Lost ... to Found ... to Lost Again.

March 17, 2014: Bart Romans e-mailed about a Spanish version of the Medico Charles Starrett THUNDER OVER THE PRAIRIE (Columbia, 1941) being available on YouTube:

March 17, 2014: Brian Shaw e-mailed about Sony issuing the Charles Starrett and Smiley Burnette LIGHTNING GUNS (Columbia, 1950). This MOD DVD is to be released about April 1, 2014 and is available from Amazon for about $21.00 and about $17.00 from Critics Choice Video. I did not find it listed in the Sony Choice collection at the WB Shop. Go to: and

March 27, 2014: Brian Shaw advised that another lost/missing Starrett, THE HAWK OF WILD RIVER (Columbia, 1952), is to be released May 6 and the announcement was on the Digital Bits website:
You can pre-order THE HAWK OF WILD RIVER from Critics Choice Video for about $17.00:
and Amazon has it for about $19.00:

September 29, 2014: John Brooker sent an e-mail about a lost/missing Charles Starrett/Russell Hayden RIDERS OF THE NORTHLAND (Columbia, 1942) on getTV's schedule on two Saturdays, October 4 and October 18. The getTV channel is from Sony Pictures Television Networks (and is either over the air or via your cable provider).
John also noted that FANGS OF THE ARTIC with Kirby Grant was shown May, 2014 on TCM in the U. K.

The Charles Starrett/Russell Hayden RIDERS OF THE NORTHLAND has been shown on Encore Westerns in 2015 and is also on the schedule in early 2016.

October 2, 2014: got an e-mail from Dave Kott that Starrett's SECRET PATROL (Columbia, 1936) was shown on TV channel getTV a few months ago (and the print was excellent). Couple days later, Dave sent a follow-up e-mail with news that SECRET PATROL is on the getTV schedule for Saturday, November 1.

March 8, 2015: Michael Nella e-mailed that was releasing the Jack Perrin SHERIFF'S SECRET (Cosmos, 1931), one of the ultra low budget oaters that Perrin did for producer Robert J. Horner.
April 5, 2015 - Jon Pytko e-mailed with disappointing news: "I received Alpha's DVD of WEST OF CHEYENNE and THE SHERIFF'S SECRET only to find that the latter title is actually RAWHIDE MAIL from 1934. Alas, too good to be true - yet another of Jack Perrin's 1930-32 films-still lost!" Oldies has corrected that film/title problem and RAWHIDE MAIL is now listed:

Sound era films only during the period from approximately 1929 - mid 1950s
No A-Westerns, No TV Westerns, No "spaghetti" westerns or "Eurowesterns"
Search/Find: to search for a particular title or cowboy hero, simply use your web browser's built-in FIND function to search down this page for your keywords such as tyler or starrett. In the upper left of your screen, you should see the word 'EDIT'. Click on that, and in the drop down menu, click on 'FIND' to do your search. To open that FIND box In web browsers such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera and others, you can also hit the F3 key OR the Ctrl-F key combination (hold down the Ctrl Key in the lower left of your keyboard, and press the key for the letter F).
Wikipedia has a section about lost/missing films, re-discovered films, etc.:
Some movies are lost or missing due to film storage vault fires. And in the ol' days, films were often tossed or destroyed as the production companies saw no commercial value in maintaining the prints and negatives. Wikipedia has several pages on film vault fires:
1937 Fox vault fire in Little Ferry, New Jersey:
1967 MGM vault fire in Culver City, California:

One of the major issues was the use of nitrate film stock. Want to learn more about nitrate film, nitrate decomposition, and the dangers associated with it? Go to:
Another reminder and caution with the list below. Some folks have e-mailed and said that a particular title isn't really lost or missing - the film is in a vault or archive somewhere in the U.S. or overseas. Or some collector is rumored to have the film. That may be true and we can be thankful. However, the issue is that the film(s) has not been made available to the general public via any source. A good example are the many Charles Starrett Columbias. Positives or negatives on all or many of those are probably in storage somewhere. But these weren't released for 1950s television, thus no TV prints are in circulation among the collector community. The end result - the films are still among the lost, missing, and unavailable.

Rose of the Rio Grande (1938)

Galloping Kid (1932)

West of the Rockies (1929)

Dugan of the Badlands (1931)
Land of Wanted Men (1932)

Parting of the Trails (1930)

Ranger's Code (1933)

Trigger Law (1944)

Lightnin' Smith Returns (1931)
Valley of Badmen (1931)

FOUND Ridin' Gents (short) (1934)

Bar L Ranch (1930)
South of Sonora (1930)
Cheyenne Kid (1930)
Trails of the Golden West (1931)
Riders of Golden Gulch (1932)
Trails of Adventure (1933)

Nevada (1935)
Wanderer of the Wasteland (1935)

Cyclone Kid (1931)

Mysterious Avenger (1936)
Code of the Range (1936)
FOUND Secret Patrol (1936)
Dodge City Trail (1936)
Trapped (1937)
Westbound Mail (1937)
One Man Justice (1937)
Call of the Rockies (1938)
FOUND Colorado Trail (1938)
Law of the Plains (1938)
FOUND West of the Santa Fe (1938)
Texas Stampede (1939)
North of the Yukon (1939)
FOUND Spoilers of the Range (1939)
Two Fisted Rangers (1940)
West of Abilene (1940)
Prairie Stranger (1941)
Medico of Painted Springs (1941)
Pinto Kid (1941)
KINDA FOUND Thunder Over the Prairie (1941)
Royal Mounted Patrol (1941)
FOUND Riders of the Northland (1942)
Overland to Deadwood (1942)
Riding Through Nevada (1942)
Cowboy in the Clouds (1943)
Robin Hood of the Range (1943)
Hail to the Rangers (1943)
Law of the Northwest (1943)
Riding West (1944)
Cowboy from Lonesome River (1944)
Sagebrush Heroes (1945)
Rustlers of the Badlands (1945)
Frontier Gunlaw (1946)
El Dorado Pass (1948)
Quick on the Trigger (1948)
Horsemen of the Sierras (1949)
Renegades of the Sage (1949)
Outcast of Black Mesa (1950)
Texas Dynamo (1950)
Across the Badlands (1950)
Raiders of Tomahawk Creek (1950)
FOUND Lightning Guns (1950)
Ridin' the Outlaw Trail (1951)
Fort Savage Raiders (1951)
Kid from Amarillo (1951) (last half exists)
FOUND Hawk of Wild River (1952)
Junction City (1952)

Judgement Book (1935)
Trails End (1935)

Ride, Cowboy, Ride (short) (1939)
Singing Dude (short) (1940)

A Bullet for Billy the Kid (1963)

Pecos Dandy (1934)

Fair Warning (1931)
Gay Caballero (1932)
Frontier Marshal (1934)

Outlaw Queen (1956)

Harlem on the Prairie (1938)

FOUND-not a western Twisted Rails (1934)

Border Legion (1930)
End of the Trail (1936)

In Line of Duty (1931)

Overland Bound (1929)
STILL LOST Beyond the Rio Grande (1930)
Ridin' Law (1930)
STILL LOST Wild West Whoopee (1931)
STILL LOST Kid from Arizona (1931)
STILL LOST Sheriff's Secret (1931)
STILL LOST Lariats and Six-Shooters (1931)
STILL LOST .45 Calibre Echo (1932)

Land of Fighting Men (1938)
Riders From Nowhere (1940)

FOUND Cowboy Cavalier (1948)

Mounted Fury (1931)

Lone Star Ranger (1942)

FOUND Montana Desperado (1951)

Oregon Trail (1936)

Rhythm Roundup (1945)

Marshal of Windy Hollow (1972)

Powder River Gunfire (25 minutes) (1948)

Singing Spurs (1948)
KINDA FOUND Fangs of the Arctic (1953)

Riders of the Rio (1931)
Reckless Rider (1932)
Battling Buckaroo (1932)

Five Bad Men (1935)
Devil's Canyon (1935)

Wild Horse Mesa (1932)
Sunset Pass (1933)
Last Roundup (1934)
Home on the Range (1935)

RAY WHITLEY: (20 minutes each)
Prairie Papas (1938)
Bar Buckaroos (1940)
Prairie Spooners (1941)

Hidden Valley Days (27 minutes) (1948)

Man From Arizona (1932)

Lone Trail (1932)

Santa Fe Trail (1930)
Helldorado (1934)

West of the Pecos (1934)

Two Gun Caballero (1931)

FOUND Gun to Gun (20 minutes) (1944)

Defying the Law (1935)

Song of the Buckaroo (1939)
FOUND Rollin' Westward (1939)
Arizona Frontier (1940)

TEX WILLIAMS (25-30 minutes each):
Girl from Gunsight (1949)
FOUND Pecos Pistol (1949)
FOUND Silver Butte (1949)
FOUND South of Santa Fe (1949)
Cactus Caravan (1950)
Ready to Ride (1950)
Rustler's Ransom (1950)
Thundering Rails (1950)
Prairie Pirates (1950)

Dude Wrangler (1930)
Romance of the Rockies (1937)

White Renegade (1931)

'Neath Western Skies (1930)
Man from Death Valley (1931)
Partners of the Trail (1931)
Galloping Thru (1932)
Vanishing Men (1932)
Man from New Mexico (1932)
CHAPTERS 1-6 FOUND Clancy of the Mounted (serial) (1933)

TOM WYNNE (Wally West):
Desert Mesa (1935)
Mormon Conquest (1939)

Tex Takes a Holiday (1932)
King of the Wild Horses (1933)

Trails of Peril (1930)
Hell's Valley (1931)

Texas Badman (1953)

FOUND Gunman (1952)
FOUND Montana Incident (1952)

West of the Rockies (20 minutes) (1941)

Any of the TV episodes edited into theatrical features with the theatrical titles:
Yellow Haired Kid (1952)
Trail of the Arrow (1952)
Ghost of Crossbones Canyon (1952)
Behind Southern Lines (1952)
Border City Rustlers (1953)
Two Gun Marshal (1953)
Six Gun Decision (1953)
Secret of Outlaw Flats (1953)
Two Gun Teacher (1954)
Trouble on the Trail (1954)
Outlaw's Son (1954)
Marshals In Disguise (1954)
Timber Country Trouble (1955)
Match Making Marshal (1955)
Titled Tenderfoot (1955)
Phantom Trails (1955)
(all the TV episodes that go to make up these features do exist)

FOUND Daredevils of the West (1943) serial

Smoky (1933)

(Courtesy of Richard Harrison)

Above is the title lobby card from TWO GUN CABALLERO (William Pizor, 1931) with star Robert Frazer shown on the left and right sides in this dual role oater.

(Courtesy of Les Adams)

One of the early sound Mountie flicks was MOUNTED FURY (Sono-Art/World Wide, 1931) and starred John Bowers. Bowers was a silent screen star, but his career faded with the coming of sound. Attending a party in 1936, Bowers walked into the Pacific Ocean, committing suicide. Scuttlebutt is that his death was the inspiration for the fictional (and suicidal) 'Norman Maine' character in the 1937 and 1954 versions of A STAR IS BORN.

(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above - a lobby card from THE VALLEY OF BADMEN (Syndicate, 1931), a Buddy Roosevelt oater directed by Jack Irwin. In the photo inset are Buddy and Charles 'Slim' Whitaker.

(Courtesy of Les Adams)

In the above lobby card from RIDERS OF THE RIO (Round-Up Pictures, 1931), Sherry Tansey is about to take a board to hero Lane Chandler who is poundin' away on an unidentified player.

(Courtesy of Richard Harrison)

Above is the title lobby card for LARIATS AND SIX-SHOOTERS (Robert J. Horner, 1931), one of the Jack Perrin starrers for ultra low budget producer Robert J. Horner.

(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above is the title lobby card from THE MAN FROM NEW MEXICO (Monogram, 1932) which starred Tom Tyler.

(Courtesy of Ed Tabor)

Above from L-to-R are Andy Shuford, Sheila Mannors (Sheila Bromley) and Bill Cody in a lobby card from LAND OF WANTED MEN (Monogram, 1932). Shuford is also shown in the round inset on the bottom right corner.

(From Old Corral image collection)

Above is a stained and well worn title lobby card from BATTLING BUCKAROO (Kent, 1932), one of Lane Chandler's eight for producer Willis Kent. Kent would later sign Northwestern University fullback Lafayette H. 'Reb' Russell to a contract for a western series.

(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above, from L-to-R are Theodore (Ted) Lorch, Charlie King, Rex Bell, Lex Lindsay and James Marcus in a lobby card from Bell's THE MAN FROM ARIZONA (Monogram, 1932).

(Courtesy of Richard Harrison)

Above is the pressbook cover for TRAILS OF ADVENTURE (Robert J. Horner / American Pictures, 1933) which starred Buffalo Bill, Jr. (Jay Wilsey).

(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Silent hero and later stuntman Ted Wells starred in a pair of low budget oaters for Robert J. Horner. Above is a lobby card from the lost/missing DEFYING THE LAW (Aywon, 1935).

(From Old Corral image collection)

Above, from L-to-R are Ralph Lewis, Beatrice Gray, Jack Ingram, Bob Steele and Hoot Gibson in a lobby card from TRIGGER LAW (Monogram, 1944). This was one of three Steele and Gibson oaters that were made after the demise of Monogram's Trail Blazers series.

(From Old Corral image collection)

RUSTLERS OF THE BADLANDS (Columbia, 1945) was one of the earlier Durango Kid escapades and featured Tex Harding as Charles Starrett's saddle pal.

(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above are Ken Curtis and Cheryl Walker in a title lobby card from the 1945 RHYTHM ROUNDUP musical extravaganza which featured the Hoosier Hotshots and Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys.

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