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Deadwood Dick (1940)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 19 July 1940 (USA)
Deadwood Dick, a masked and mysterious hero, is in reality Dick Stanley, editor of the Dakota Pioneer Press and a leading member of Statehood For Dakota. He is on the trail of a masked ... See full summary »


James W. Horne


Wyndham Gittens (screenplay), Morgan Cox (screenplay) (as Morgan B. Cox) | 2 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
Donald Douglas ... Dick Stanley - aka Deadwood Dick (as Don Douglas)
Lorna Gray ... Anne Butler
Harry Harvey ... Dave Miller
Marin Sais ... Calamity Jane
Lane Chandler ... Wild Bill Hickok [Ch. 1]
Jack Ingram ... Buzz Ricketts - Chief Henchman
Charles King ... Tex - Henchman [Chs. 1-4, 6-9]
Ed Cassidy ... Tennison Drew - Committeeman
Robert Fiske ... Ashton - Committeeman [Chs.1-6]
Lee Shumway ... Bentley - Committeeman


Deadwood Dick, a masked and mysterious hero, is in reality Dick Stanley, editor of the Dakota Pioneer Press and a leading member of Statehood For Dakota. He is on the trail of a masked villain known as the Skull, who leads a violent, renegade band infamous for its violence against the Deadwood residents' wishes for a statehood status. Written by GusF

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The old West's hero of heroes...in the most blood-chilling Chapter-Play ever to thunder out of the bullet-streaked past! (original poster) See more »


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Release Date:

19 July 1940 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


(15 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


CHAPTER TITLES:: (1) A Wild West Empire; (2) Who Is the Skull?; (3) Pirates of the Plains; (4) The Skull Baits a Trap; (5) Win, Lose or Draw; (6) Buried Alive; (7) The Chariot of Doom; (8) The Secret of Number Ten; (9) The Fatal Warning; (10) Framed for Murder; (11) The Bucket of Death; (12) A Race Against Time; (13) The Arsenal of Revolt; (14) Holding the Fort;(15) The Deadwood Express. See more »


Chapter 14: You can see the rope guiding the burning wagon. See more »

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Whispering Whooppee! it' s Deadwood Dick
3 March 2005 | by ptb-8See all my reviews

Imagine having those two titles on your resume, but the fantastic James M Horne did, and we are all better humans for the result. This is a good serial. I saw it in the 70s screened each Sunday night in a Sydney Suburban cinema at their 6pm session with two whopper features ( eg: GUNS OF NAVARONE + GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER or HELLO DOLLY + CALL ME MADAM etc) and to a usually packed house. Well, if UNDERSEA KINGDOM wasn't enough, the scream of delight when DEADWOOD DICK hit the screen was enough to lift the roof. Inventive and genuinely entertaining, DD has some great set pieces, one especially is that The Mask or whoever bad-dude has a hideout behind a waterfall and the henchmen have to get off their horses, turn off the waterfall and reveal the cave behind....all very clever and silly. And then turn the waterfall back on again. It takes Dick about 3 months of episodes to realize why the hoof prints in the river sand 'disappear' at the waterfall's edge! Geez! Dick would gallop about on his trusty horse and the usual chasings and fights would go on for weeks...actually months, because this thing ran 15 episodes, one a week!! Seasons even changed before this serial was over. Great fun.

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