Buster Crabbe

A Biofilmography


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About the Book

Buster Crabbe’s chief claim to fame, aside from his Olympic gold medal (for the 400-meter freestyle event in 1932), rests in the trio of movie serials in which he played the popular science-fiction hero Flash Gordon. Crabbe was the only actor to play the roles of Tarzan (in one movie), Flash Gordon, and Buck Rogers, the top three pulp action heroes of the 1930s. Crabbe carved out a career that would also include more than 100 B–movies and program Westerns, a television adventure series, and a successful physical fitness enterprise. All of this and more is detailed in this book, which includes a complete filmography providing cast and crew information for each of his 103 feature films and serials.

About the Author(s)

Writer Jerry Vermilye is an actor and lives in New Jersey.

Bibliographic Details

Jerry Vermilye
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 208
Bibliographic Info: 76 photos, filmography, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2014 [2008]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-9570-2
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5180-7
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vi

Preface      1

The Biography      3

The Films      49

(in order of release)

Good News      49

The Maker of Men      50

Huddle      50

The Most Dangerous Game      51

That’s My Boy      51

King of the Jungle      51

Man of the Forest      54

To the Last Man      55

Tarzan the Fearless      57

Sweetheart of Sigma Chi      59

The Thundering Herd      61

Search for Beauty      63

You’re Telling Me      66

Badge of Honor      67

We’re Rich Again      68

The Oil Raider      70

She Had to Choose      71

Hold ’Em Yale      72

The Wanderer of the Wasteland      74

Nevada      75

Drift Fence      77

Desert Gold      79

Flash Gordon      81

The Arizona Raiders      84

Lady Be Careful      86

Rose Bowl      88

Arizona Mahoney      89

King of Gamblers      91

Murder Goes to College      92

Forlorn River      94

Sophie Lang Goes West      95

Thrill of a Lifetime      97

Daughter of Shanghai      99

Flash Gordon’s Trip to Mars      101

Tip-Off Girls      104

Hunted Men      105

Red Barry      107

Illegal Traffic      109

Unmarried      110

Million Dollar Legs      112

Buck Rogers      114

Colorado Sunset      116

Call a Messenger      118

Sailor’s Lady      119

Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe      122

Jungle Man      124

Billy the Kid Wanted      126

Billy the Kid’s Round-Up      127

Billy the Kid Trapped      128

Billy the Kid’s Smoking Guns      130

Jungle Siren      131

Law and Order      133

Wildcat      134

Sheriff of Sage Valley      135

The Mysterious Rider      136

The Kid Rides Again      137

Queen of Broadway      137

Fugitive of the Plains      139

Western Cyclone      140

The Renegades      141

Cattle Stampede      142

Blazing Frontier      143

Devil Riders      144

Nabonga      145

Thundering Gun Slingers      146

Frontier Outlaws      147

Valley of Vengeance      149

The Contender      150

Fuzzy Settles Down      151

Rustlers’ Hideout      152

Wild Horse Phantom      153

Oath of Vengeance      153

The Drifter      154

His Brother’s Ghost      156

Shadows of Death      156

Gangster’s Den      157

Stagecoach Outlaws      158

Border Badmen      159

Fighting Bill Carson      159

Prairie Rustlers      160

Lightning Raiders      161

Gentlemen with Guns      162

Ghost of Hidden Valley      163

Prairie Badmen      164

Terrors on Horseback      165

Overland Riders      166

Swamp Fire      167

Outlaws of the Plains      168

Last of the Redmen      169

The Sea Hound      172

Caged Fury      174

Captive Girl      176

Pirates of the High Seas      178

King of the Congo      179

Gun Brothers      181

The Lawless Eighties      182

Badman’s Country      184

Gunfighters of Abilene      185

The Bounty Killer      186

Arizona Raiders      187

The Comeback Trail      189

The Alien Dead      190

Swim Team      191

Bibliography      193

Index      195

Book Reviews & Awards

“a complete filmography…photos are terrific. If you love Buster, you’ll enjoy browsing this book”—Classic Images; “a welcome addition”—Western Clippings; “Vermilye’s book is a respectful, thorough, interesting and enjoyable chronicle of this veteran movie performer’s career. Recommended”—Examiner.com.