The Fiddlin' Buckaroo (1933)

Passed | | Action, Music, Romance | 20 July 1933 (USA)
Government man Fiddlin' has joined Wolf's gang and Banty has become his friend. When Fiddlin' objects to Wolf's kidnapping of Ann, he is left in a burning building. Rescued by his horse Tarzan, he convinces Banty to help bring in the gang.


Ken Maynard


Nate Gatzert (adaptation), Nate Gatzert (story)




Complete credited cast:
Ken Maynard ... 'Fiddlin' McDermid
Gloria Shea ... Ann Kerriman
Fred Kohler ... Wolf Morgan
Frank Rice ... Banty
Jack Rockwell ... Sheriff
Joseph W. Girard ... Kerriman (as Joe Girrard)
Billy Franey ... Postmaster Dan (as Wm. Franey)
Slim Whitaker ... Henchman Swede (as Slim Whittaker)
Jack Mower ... Buck
Robert McKenzie ... Jerry (Jailer) (as Bob McKenzie)
Tarzan Tarzan ... Tarzan


A typical Ken Maynard western that makes no sense logically since Ken "Fiddlin'" McDermid is a government agent sent to infiltrate and put an end to the Wolf Morgan gang, which he could have done in the first five minutes simply by informing the townspeople,all gathered to meet bigwig Kerriman and his daughter Ann at the train station, that the gang was on their way to loot the town. Instead, he and Banty distract the townspeople by playing three songs (Maynard fiddlin' and Rice on the harmonica) while Wolf and his gang are up the street looting the town. The postman who got his head caved in because Maynard didn't blow the whistle probably wasn't impressed with Maynard's method of operation. But, if he had, then he wouldn't have had to be rescued three different times by his horse Tarzan, and that and long conversations with Tarzan were SOP with Maynard. That and long running scenes of the sheriff's posse and the outlaw gang all riding in various directions make up most of the film. ... Written by Les Adams <>

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A bronco-bustin' bandit ---wooing with his fiddle and fighting with a forty-five...and his famous horse TARZAN carrying him through daring escapades! (original half-sheet poster) See more »


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Release Date:

20 July 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cavalgada da Morte See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Edited into Border Brigands (1935) See more »


Oh, Susanna
Written by Stephen Foster
Performed by Ken Maynard on fiddle and Frank Rice on harmonica
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