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LOST, MISSING AND UNAVAILABLE B-WESTERNS, WESTERN SHORTS, AND SERIALS

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



LOST, MISSING, UNAVAILABLE ... AND FOUND ... AND NEW TITLES ADDED.
LAST UPDATE: October 4, 2014

January 13, 2009: thanks to Earnie Price for the heads up on Tex Ritter's ROLLIN' WESTWARD (Monogram, 1939). Alpha Video/Oldies.com released that film, paired up with Tex's ROLLING HOME TO TEXAS (Monogram, 1941), on a DVD double feature in late February, 2009: http://www.oldies.com/product-view/5753D.html

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: http://www.sinistercinema.com/

May 18, 2010: Alpha/Oldies.com 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: http://www.serialsquadron.com/

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): http://www.wbshop.com/product/monogram+cowboy+collection+volume+1+1000252051.do?from=Search

November 25, 2011: Lars Kvam e-mailed me about Alpha Video/Oldies.com releasing a DVD containing the Jack Perrin Bud 'n' Ben short RIDING GENTS (Reliable, 1934). More info at: http://www.oldies.com/product-view/6645D.html

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): http://www.wbshop.com/product/monogram+cowboy+collection+volume+2+1000275061.do?from=Search

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): http://www.wbshop.com/product/monogram+cowboy+collection+volume+4+1000351399.do?sortby=ourPicks&from=Search

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: http://coverout.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=1107

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: http://otrdvd.co/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=starrett&product_id=139

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: http://www.b-westerncollectables.com/jack-perrin_dvds.html
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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KORcg9jn19I

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: http://www.amazon.com/Lightning-Guns-Gloria-Henry/dp/B00IXMF18S/ and http://www.ccvideo.com/movies/2762817/lightning-guns

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: http://www.thedigitalbits.com/columns/my-two-cents/032414_1500
You can pre-order THE HAWK OF WILD RIVER from Critics Choice Video for about $17.00: http://www.ccvideo.com/movies/2772233/hawk-of-wild-river
and Amazon has it for about $19.00: http://www.amazon.com/Hawk-Wild-River-Charles-Starrett/dp/B00JQHOI6U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1399169467&sr=8-1&keywords=%22hawk+of+wild+river%22

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.

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.



LOST, MISSING AND UNAVAILABLE B-WESTERNS, WESTERN SHORTS, AND SERIALS
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).
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. Turner Classic Movies (TCM) has a webpage with more on this: http://fan.tcm.com/_Vault-and-Nitrate-Fires-A-History/blog/346284/66470.html
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:
http://motion.kodak.com/US/en/motion/Support/Technical_Information/Storage/storage_nitrate.htm
http://www.filmpreservation.org/preservation-basics/nitrate-degradation
http://www.loc.gov/preservation/care/film.html
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 has a print. That may be true and we can be thankful for all that. 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 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.


JOHN CARROLL:
Rose of the Rio Grande (1938)

AL LANE:
Galloping Kid (1932)

ART MIX:
West of the Rockies (1929)

BILL CODY:
Dugan of the Badlands (1931)
Land of Wanted Men (1932)

BOB CUSTER:
Parting of the Trails (1930)

BOB STEELE:
Ranger's Code (1933)

BOB STEELE/HOOT GIBSON:
Trigger Law (1944)

BUDDY ROOSEVELT:
Lightnin' Smith Returns (1931)
Valley of Badmen (1931)

BUD 'N' BEN:
FOUND Ridin' Gents (short) (1934)

BUFFALO BILL JR.:
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)

BUSTER CRABBE:
Nevada (1935)
Wanderer of the Wasteland (1935)

BUZZ BARTON:
Cyclone Kid (1931)

CHARLES STARRETT:
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)

CONWAY TEARLE:
Judgement Book (1935)
Trails End (1935)

DENNIS MORGAN:
Ride, Cowboy, Ride (short) (1939)
Singing Dude (short) (1940)

GASTON SANTOS (SANDS):
A Bullet for Billy the Kid (1963)

GEORGE J. LEWIS:
Pecos Dandy (1934)

GEORGE O'BRIEN:
Fair Warning (1931)
Gay Caballero (1932)
Frontier Marshal (1934)

HARRY JAMES/ROBERT CLARKE:
Outlaw Queen (1956)

HERB JEFFRIES:
Harlem on the Prairie (1938)

JACK DONOVAN:
FOUND-not a western Twisted Rails (1934)

JACK HOLT:
Border Legion (1930)
End of the Trail (1936)

JAMES MURRAY:
In Line of Duty (1931)

JACK PERRIN:
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)
Sheriff's Secret (1931)
STILL LOST Lariats and Six-Shooters (1931)
STILL LOST .45 Calibre Echo (1932)

JACK RANDALL:
Land of Fighting Men (1938)
Riders From Nowhere (1940)

JIMMY WAKELY:
FOUND Cowboy Cavalier (1948)

JOHN BOWERS:
Mounted Fury (1931)

JOHN KIMBROUGH:
Lone Star Ranger (1942)

JOHNNY MACK BROWN:
FOUND Montana Desperado (1951)

JOHN WAYNE:
Oregon Trail (1936)

KEN CURTIS:
Rhythm Roundup (1945)

SUNSET CARSON:
Marshal of Windy Hollow (1972)

KENNE DUNCAN:
Powder River Gunfire (25 minutes) (1948)

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

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

NOAH BEERY JR.:
Five Bad Men (1935)
Devil's Canyon (1935)

RANDOLPH SCOTT:
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)

RED RIVER DAVE:
Hidden Valley Days (27 minutes) (1948)

REX BELL:
Man From Arizona (1932)

REX LEASE:
Lone Trail (1932)

RICHARD ARLEN:
Santa Fe Trail (1930)
Helldorado (1934)

RICHARD DIX:
West of the Pecos (1934)

ROBERT FRAZER:
Two Gun Caballero (1931)

ROBERT SHAYNE:
FOUND Gun to Gun (20 minutes) (1944)

TED WELLS:
Defying the Law (1935)

TEX RITTER:
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)

TOM KEENE:
Dude Wrangler (1930)
Romance of the Rockies (1937)

TOM SANTSCHI:
White Renegade (1931)

TOM TYLER:
'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)

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

WALLY WALES:
Trails of Peril (1930)
Hell's Valley (1931)

WAYNE MORRIS:
Texas Badman (1953)

WHIP WILSON:
FOUND Gunman (1952)
FOUND Montana Incident (1952)

WILLIAM TRAVIS:
West of the Rockies (20 minutes) (1941)

GUY MADISON:
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)

ALLAN LANE:
FOUND Daredevils of the West (1943) serial


(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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