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The Fighting Parson (August 2, 1933)

The Fighting Parson
 

Released on August 2, 1933: A roving cowhand and his side kick pretend to be a visiting parson in Red Dog and run into an outlaw that threatens to reveal his true identity.

Directed by Harry L. Fraser

The Actors: Hoot Gibson (Steve Hartley), Marceline Day (Suzan Larkin), Skeeter Bill Robbins (Arizona Joe), Ethel Wales (Mrs. Betsy Larkin, Suzan's Aunt), Stanley Blystone (Bart McCade), Robert Frazer (Reverend Joseph Doolittle), Charles King (henchman Mike), Phil Dunham (George Larkin), Jules Cowles (Marshal J.A. Darby), Fred Gilman (express agent), Silver Tip Baker (townsman), Hank Bell (henchman), Ralph Bucko (henchman), Bob Burns (henchman), Horace B. Carpenter (citizen Jones), Tommy Coats (man at christening), Buck Connors (townsman), Frank Ellis (the deputy), Herman Hack (hanchman), Wally Howe (townsman), Bud McClure (henchman), Merrill McCormick (henchman at hanging), Eva McKenzie (townswoman), Tex Palmer (cowhand), Bill Patton (posse rider), Pascale Perry (henchman), Rose Plumer (Minnie Schawrtz), Tom Smith (posse rider), George Sowards (cowhand), Lem Sowards (cowhand), Blackjack Ward (henchman), Slim Whitaker (man at revival meeting), Blackie Whiteford (henchman)

 
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A Red Letter Day for Red Dog

Wild Western town Red Dog has a gang of outlaws in it and the ladies of the town, along with the Marshal want to clean up the town. They have invited the Reverend Joseph Doolittle to visit Red Dog and hold revival services. Meanwhile, a couple of good-natured cowhands get caught gambling with loaded dice and flee a nearby ranch, heading for new territory where they can get jobs. Back at Red Dog one of the henchmen goes out of town looking for the Reverend, and is determined to make sure that he never gets to town for his revival, which would certainly stir up the townsmen and make it rough for the bad guys. Henchman Mike, played by veteran cowboy bad man Charles King, finds the Reverend and makes him strip out of his coat, hat and pants and take off into the Arizona desert. The henchman then heads back to town, leaving the parson's clothes laying in the summer sun. Of course, our wayward cowhands stumble across the preacher's clothing, and Hoot Gibson, playing the part of cowhand Steve Hartley, decides to become the Reverend Doolittle and his buddy Arizona will be his 'deacon.' Well, when they get to Red Dog they discover the town is about to hang Bart McCade, and it turns out that Hoot Gibson knows him, and convinces the town to let him live for a bit and that the Reverend would be responsible for him. Then the 'Reverend' and his deacon get roped into holding a baby christening and a wedding, and the whole town watches as the two cowhands manage to put off the event with some shenanigans by 'deacon' Arizona Joe. But young and lovely Suzan Larkin, played by silent screen star Marceline Day, has these two boys figured out, but she finds herself in love with Hoot Gibson anyway. As the real Reverend shows up, and bad Bart holds up the express office, Hoot Gibson and his buddy Arizona jump from the frying pan right into the fire, and it will take the good sense of Miss Suzan to help them escape the wrath of the bad guys and get on the good side of the law and the town. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Charles King finds  Robert Frazer
Charles King finds Robert Frazer
Charles King as henchman Mike
Charles King as henchman Mike
Charles King in The Fighting Parson
Charles King in The Fighting Parson
Ethel Wales and Phil Dunham in church
Ethel Wales and Phil Dunham in church
Hoot Gibson and Marceline Day in church
Hoot Gibson and Marceline Day in church
Hoot Gibson and Skeeter Bill Robbins
Hoot Gibson and Skeeter Bill Robbins
Hoot Gibson faces Stanley Blystone
Hoot Gibson faces Stanley Blystone
Hoot Gibson in The Fighting Parson
Hoot Gibson in The Fighting Parson
Jules Cowles and Frank Ellis in The Fighting Parson
Jules Cowles and Frank Ellis in The Fighting Parson
Jules Cowles, Skeeter Bill Robbins and Hoot Gibson
Jules Cowles, Skeeter Bill Robbins and Hoot Gibson
Jules Cowles and Stanley Blystone in The Fighting Parson
Jules Cowles and Stanley Blystone in The Fighting Parson
Marceline Day in 1933
Marceline Day in 1933
Marceline Day and Hoot Gibson on the front porch
Marceline Day and Hoot Gibson on the front porch
Marceline Day and Hoot Gibson
Marceline Day and Hoot Gibson
Marceline Day, Skeeter Bill Robbins and Hoot Gibson in The Fighting Parson
Marceline Day, Skeeter Bill Robbins and Hoot Gibson in The Fighting Parson
Marceline Day is in the cabin moments before it will be destroyed
Marceline Day is in the cabin moments before it will be destroyed
Marceline Day as Suzan Larkin in The Fighting Parson
Marceline Day as Suzan Larkin in The Fighting Parson
Robert Frazer and Phil Dunham
Robert Frazer and Phil Dunham
Robert Frazer as the Reverend Joseph Doolittle
Robert Frazer as the Reverend Joseph Doolittle
Rose Plumer as Minnie Schawrtz
Rose Plumer as Minnie Schawrtz
Skeeter Bill Robbins, Ethel Wales and Hoot Gibson
Skeeter Bill Robbins, Ethel Wales and Hoot Gibson
Skeeter Bill Robbins, Hoot Gibson and Marceline Day at the breakfast table
Skeeter Bill Robbins, Hoot Gibson and Marceline Day at the breakfast table
Skeeter Bill Robbins in The Fighting Parson
Skeeter Bill Robbins in The Fighting Parson
Skeeter Bill Robbins pretends to be the 'Deacon'
Skeeter Bill Robbins pretends to be the 'Deacon'
Stanley Blystone as outlaw Bart McCade
Stanley Blystone as outlaw Bart McCade
Stanley Blystone as Bart McCade in The Fighting Parson
Stanley Blystone as Bart McCade in The Fighting Parson