The Miracle Rider

The Miracle Rider

Infobox Film
name = The Miracle Rider

image_size = 200px
caption =
director = B. Reeves Eason
Armand Schaefer
producer =
writer = Barney A. Sarecky
Wellyn Totman
narrator =
starring = Tom Mix
Charles Middleton
music =
cinematography =
editing =
distributor = Mascot Pictures
released = 1935
runtime = 15 chapters (306 min)
country = USA
language = English
budget =
preceded_by =
followed_by =
website =
amg_id = 1:64749
imdb_id = 0026720

"The Miracle Rider" is a 1935 Mascot movie serial directed by B. Reeves Eason and Armand Schaefer. The serial stars Tom Mix.

Plot outline

Zaroff (Charles Middleton), a rancher and oil company owner, wants to drive the Ravenhead Indians off their reservation so that he can mine the rare element X-94, a super explosive, found there and sell it to the highest bidder. Texas Ranger Tom Morgan tries to stop him and save the tribe.


*Tom Mix as Tom Morgan, Texas Ranger
*Joan Gale as Ruth
*Charles Middleton as Zaroff, a rancher and oil company owner
*Robert Frazer as Chief Black Wing
*Niles Welch as Metzger
*Jason Robards Sr. as Carlton (Jason Robards)
*Bob Kortman as Longboat
*Edward Earle as Christopher Adams, Indian Agent
*Edward Hearn as Emil Janss
*Tom London as Sewell, one of Zaroff's henchmen
*Edmund Cobb as Vining, one of Zaroff's henchmen
*Ernie Adams as John Stelter
*Max Wagner as Morley, one of Zaroff's henchmen
*Charles King as Hatton, one of Zaroff's henchmen
*George Chesebro as Crossman, Janss Hand


This was Tom Mix's last film and his only sound serial.cite book
last = Harmon
first = Jim
coauthors= Donald F. Glut
authorlink = Jim Harmon
title = The Great Movie Serials: Their Sound and Fury
origyear = 1973
publisher = Routledge
isbn = 9780713000979
pages = pp. 67-70
chapter = 3. Science Fiction/Westerns "Drop That Zap Gun, Hombre"
] Tom Mix was still an A-list star in 1935, along side Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, Sr and Mary Pickford. He was paid $40,000 for four weeks work on "The Miracle Rider", which he used as urgent funding to support his circus.

The serial combined the large cast and interlocking plots of a silent serial with the science fiction and cliffhangers of the sound era.


Tom Mix, whose voice was strained and nasal due to a repeatedly broken nose and a bullet through his throat, did a lot of his own stunts, although some were doubled by Cliff Lyons.

Chapter titles

# The Vanishing Indian
# The Firebird Strikes
# The Flying Knife
# A Race with Death
# Double Barreled Doom
# Thundering Hoofs [sic| [sic]
# The Dragnet
# Guerilla Warfare
# The Silver Road
# Signal Fires
# A Traitor Dies
# Danger Rides with Death
# Secret of X-94
# Between Two Fires
# Justice Rides the PlainsSource: [cite book
last = Cline
first = William C.
title = In the Nick of Time
origyear = 1984
publisher = McFarland & Company, Inc.
isbn = 078640471X
pages = pp. 212-213
chapter = Filmography

This was Mascot's only 15-chapter serial.

ee also

* List of film serials
* List of film serials by studio


External links

*imdb title|id=0026720|title=The Miracle Rider
*amg title|id=1:64749|title=The Miracle Rider

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title=Mascot Serial
before=The Phantom Empire (1935)
years=The Miracle Rider (1935)
after=The Adventures of Rex and Rinty (1935)

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