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The Gambling Terror (1937)

Brett runs a protection racket for an unknown boss. When Jeff Hayes arrives and opens a gambling den, they try to shut him down. Unlike the others who have given in, he plans to fight back.


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George H. Plympton (original story), Fred Myton (original story) | 4 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Johnny Mack Brown ... Jeff Hayes
Iris Meredith ... Betty Garret
Charles King ... Brett
Dick Curtis ... Henchman Dick
Ted Adams ... Sheriff
Horace Murphy ... Missouri Bill
Earl Dwire ... Homer Bradley
Frank Ball ... Editor Garret
Bobby Nelson ... Jerry Garret
Lloyd Ingraham ... Mr. Nestor
Emma Tansey Emma Tansey ... Mrs. Nestor
Budd Buster ... Shorty (as Bud Buster)


Brett runs a protection racket for an unknown boss. When Jeff Hayes arrives and opens a gambling den, they try to shut him down. Unlike the others who have given in, he plans to fight back. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Release Date:

15 February 1937 (USA) See more »

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Ieron kathikon See more »

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1.37 : 1
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By Not Having Its Angle Shifted, The Film Provides A Satisfactory Degree Of Entertainment.
8 October 2006 | by rsoonsaSee all my reviews

Producer A. W. Hackel completed twenty-four B-type Westerns for his own penny pinching Supreme Pictures Corporation, most characterized by a basic linear storyline with this Johnny Mack Brown vehicle being true to the type, as well as one of the best, with Brown cast as Jeff Hayes in a unique role: operator of a traveling gambling operation, upon this occasion setting up his roulette wheel, poker tables, and other tools of the trade in the back room of a saloon, queerly enough encouraged to do so by the town's sheriff who is requesting assistance from old friend Hayes in a struggle against a local criminal group. This is a self-styled "cattleman's association", collective villain of the melodrama, essentially a protection racket that demands "dues" from anyone owning one or more head of cattle. It is managed by Brett (Charles King) although the actual boss of the organization is not revealed to its various henchmen, of whom "Dirk" (Dick Curtis) is the foremost collector of the mandatory membership fees. Garrett (Frank Ball), publisher of the town's newspaper, is determined upon restoring freedom of choice to victims of the blackguards by utilizing the power of the press, and therefore is busily gathering resistance from among the hapless citizens impelled to pay for "protection"; however, he and his daughter Betty (Iris Meredith) do not trust Hayes due to his gambling vocation, and when Jeff ostensibly becomes a member of the vicious gang, it would seem that any negative opinion of him has been validated. Brown is impressive from his initial scene, both as actor and horseman, through the film's finale, while there is solid support turned in from Curtis and Meredith. A substantial assemblage of skillful Western supporting players is effective for this production by avoiding the omnipresent risk within this genre of cardboard characterization, while a well constructed script and the brisk editing of Roy Luby add value to this action propelled adventure tale.

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