"The Mystery Riders vs Kit Carson ~ Johnny Mack Brown"
J. Lovins | Missouri-USA | 09/08/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"VCI Entertainment, Mascot Pictures and Nat Levine present "Fighting with Kit Carson" (1933) (digitally remastered), 12 Chapters of hard riding cliffhangers blazing the trail of the pioneer west...mixed with hair breadth escapes ending each episode...A pack train led by Kit Carson is attacked by Cyrus Kraft (boss & leader) and his Mystery Riders, who want a government shipment of gold carried by the wagons. Matt Fargo manages to hide the gold, but must confront the Mystery Riders time after time in order to prevent them from finding and carrying away the treasure...can Carson succeed against such heavy odds fighting the Mystery Riders...will Johnny Fargo be discovered that he is really Joan the daughter of Matt Fargo...does Cyrus Kraft find himself in a double cross by one of his leading henchmen...all this and more in each spellbinding adventurous chapters.
Under director's Colbert Clark and Armand Schaefer with screenplay by Colbert Clark and Wyndham Gittens...the cast include a very young Johnny Mack Brown (Kit Carson), Betsy King Ross as (Joan Fargo aka Johnny Fargo), Noah Berry (Cyrus Kraft), Noah Berry Jr ((Nakomas - son of Dark Eagle), Edmund Breese (Matt Fargo), Lafe McKee (Luke Foster), Lane Chandler (Army Sargeant)...another great serial provided by Mascot Pictures during their heyday of the early '30s.
1. The Mystery Riders
2. The White Chief
3. Hidden Gold
4. The Silent Doom
5. Murder Will Out
6. The Secret of Iron Mountain
7. The Law of the Lawless
8. Red Phantoms
9. The Invisible Enemy
12.The Trail to Glory
Johnny Mack Brown
Betsy King Ross
Armand Schaefer (Director)
Colbert Clark (Director)
Law of the Wild
VCI Cliffhanger Promos
ADVENTURES OF THE FLYING CADETS
BUCK ROGERS (Buster Crabbe)
DICK TRACY & G Men (Ralph Byrd)
FLASH GORDON CONQUERS THE UNIVERSE (Buster Crabbe)
JUNGLE GIRL (Edgar Rice Burroughs)
JUNGLE JIM (Grant Withers & Raymond Hatton)
MANDRAKE THE MAGICIAN
THE MIRACLE RIDER (Tom Mix & Tony Jr)
THE PHANTOM (Tom Tyler)
SECRET AGENT X-9
ZANE GREYS 'KING OF THE ROYAL MOUNTED" (Allan Rocky Lane)
ZORRO'S FIGHTING LEGION (Reed Hadley)
Own them now on DVD....if you crave action, drama and plenty of adventure then this is the place for all of the above...if you enjoyed this serial check out another Johnny Mack Brown serial "Rustlers of Red Dog" (1935) from VCI Entertainment...also the latest Bobby J. Copeland's book on "Johnny Mack Brown: Up Close & Personal" is chuck full of answers to all the questions his fans had from early on, published by Empire Publishing and available on Amazon.
Some great film footage from "Fighting With Kit Carson" appeared in other serials with plenty of great stunt people at the helm...many of the horse falls executed by Yakima Canutt and Cliff Lyons who were the best in the business of stuntwork...Great job by VCI Entertainment for releasing the digital transfere with a clean, clear and crisp print...looking forward to more of the same from the '30s vintage...order your copy now from Amazon or VCI Entertainment, stay tuned once again with a top notch serial from VCI...just the way we like 'em!
Total Time: 225 mins on DVD ~ VCI Entertainment 8419 ~ (6/21/2005)"
Good enough western serial action
Neal C. Reynolds | Indianapolis, Indiana | 07/29/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is a Mascot serial in 12 episodes, best seen a chapter at a time like when it was released. Johnny Mack Brown is the hero, Kit Carson. The storyline doesn't claim any historical accuracy at all, but you don't expect historical accuracy in a serial. It's good. The raw action isn't as continuous as it is in the later WILD WEST DAYS. However, you have Noah Beery as the chief bad guy. You don't want to be around that rascal when he "accidentally" drops his knife. One weird thing here: when the bad guys move one victim's dead body, you have a series of dotted lines indicating their route. Strange! I never saw that in a serial or B movie before.This is pretty typical B western, but it moves, and should entertain western fans, and those serial fans who enjoy westerns."