Holy Terror, A (1931): Irving Cummings Western, Starring George O’Brien and Bogart (Before he became Star)

Irving Cummings directed A Holy Terror, a pre-Code Western, starring George O’Brien, Sally Eilers, Rita La Roy, and Humphrey Bogart.

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The film is an adaptation by Ralph Block, Alfred A. Cohn, and Myron C. Fagan of Max Brand’s novel Trailin’!

Polo player Tony Bard (George O’Brien) travels out West to investigate his father’s murder, during which he meets Jerry Foster on a Wyoming ranch.

After being kidnapped, Tony escapes and discovers his true father.

In the process he learns that he was raised by another man, who was in love with his mother.

George O’Brien as Tony Bard aka “Woodbury”
Sally Eilers as Jerry Foster
Rita La Roy as Kitty Carroll
Humphrey Bogart as Steve Nash
James Kirkwood as William Drew
Stanley Fields as Butch Morgan
Robert Warwick as John Bard aka “Thomas Woodbury”
Richard Tucker as Tom Hedges
Earl Pingree as Jim Lawler, Ranch Manager


Directed by Irving Cummings
Written by Ralph Block, Alfred A. Cohn, Myron C. Fagan, based on Trailin’! by Max Brand
Produced by Edmund Grainger
Cinematography George Schneiderman
Edited by Ralph Dixon
Distributed by Fox Film Corporation

Release date: July 19, 1931

Running time: 53 minutes