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The Riding Tornado (1932)

Passed | | Action, Drama, Romance | 4 May 1932 (USA)
Newcomer Torrent wins $500 from Olcott and $500 and a wild horse, by riding the horse, from Engle. Then loses the $1000 to Engle in a poker game. Torrent goes to work for Olcott. Torrent ... See full summary »


D. Ross Lederman


William Colt MacDonald (story), Kurt Kempler (adaptation)


Complete credited cast:
Tim McCoy ... Tim Torrant
Shirley Grey ... Patsy Olcott
Montagu Love ... Walt Corson
Wheeler Oakman ... Hatch Engall
Wallace MacDonald ... Dick Stark - Olcott's Foreman
Russell Simpson ... Sheriff
Vernon Dent ... Hefty - Bartender
Lafe McKee ... Hiram Olcott




Newcomer Torrent wins $500 from Olcott and $500 and a wild horse, by riding the horse, from Engle. Then loses the $1000 to Engle in a poker game. Torrent goes to work for Olcott. Torrent fights with Stark and Stark quits and goes to work for Engle. Rustlers are stealing horses. Carson suspects Olcott and Olcott suspects Carson. Sheriff prevents war between them. Torrent stops wild horse stampede. Starks spills beans on Engle. Torrent kills Engle and wins Patsy Olcott. Written by Ed Tabor <102353,1047@compuserve.com>

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One of over 100 Columbia features, mostly Westerns, sold to Hygo Television Films in the 1950s, which marketed them under the name of Gail Pictures; opening credits were redesigned, with some titles misspelled, the credit order of the players rearranged, some names misspelled, and new end titles attached, thus eliminating any evidence of their Columbia roots. Apparently, the original material was not retained in most of the cases, and the films have survived, even in the Sony library, only with these haphazardly created replacement opening and end credits. See more »

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tornado destroys film print
18 March 2007 | by ejrjrSee all my reviews

It is difficult to comment about Columbia Picture's 1932 release of Riding Tornado starring Tim McCoy because the only readily available DVD release (Return To The Past #450) is from very substandard source material which may be VHS.

Whatever the source, it is very soft, much surface noise, intermittent lines, and varying density/contrast which makes some scenes extremely dark. Also, there are intermittent missing frames. However, the soundtrack is decent. So, if you want to listen rather than watch then the RTP release on DVD will suffice. Otherwise, this is difficult to watch and therefore even more difficult to pass judgment regarding the story and acting.

Shirley Grey co-stars and Ross Lederman directed. Burt Kempler wrote the screenplay. Tim plays a rodeo champion rider hired to uncover the mastermind behind a gang of rustlers.

This is only for fanatic Tim McCoy fans who don't know of better sources even if only VHS. Paying more than one dollar for this DVD is a waste of money.

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4 May 1932 (USA) See more »

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O Cavaleiro Ciclone See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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1.37 : 1
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