Bob Steele: 1907 - 1988
The 50+ year Hollywood career of Bob Steele begins in the low budget films of the 1920s when he was a youngster.
Bob, and his real life twin brother Bill, were in a batch of silent shorts labeled the 'Adventures of Bill and Bob'. These were directed by the father of the boys, Robert North Bradbury, Sr. And it was during this time, that Robert Adrian Bradbury became 'Robert North Bradbury, Jr.' ... sometimes shortened to Bob Bradbury, Jr.
Bob continued working in juvenile roles in silent films, including many B-Westerns directed by his father, by then a prolific director. In 1927, he took the name Bob Steele for the movie The Mojave Kid, beginning a long and successful ride into the world of horse operas for a variety of independent and major movie studios. Though only 5’10” (considerably shorter than other Western heroes and villains of the day), Steele’s confident riding and scrappy fighting style won over audiences in hundreds of features and serials, including 20 “Three Mesquiteers” Westerns (as “Tucson Smith”) and as the title character in eight Billy the Kid pictures. He even became the subject of a popular comic book, Bob Steele Western.
Although he occasionally ventured into more mainstream pictures, including 1939’s Of Mice and Men (as Curly), Steele remained primarily a Western figure, and after a quarter century of ups and downs as a character actor (notably in 1946’s The Big Sleep as Canino), Steele became a familiar face on TV Westerns, including Rawhide, Cheyenne, The Californians, and Maverick. In 1965, when he arrived at FortCourage, Steele achieved a place in TV history as Trooper Duffy, one of his best-known roles. Steele made his last picture, Nightmare Honeymoon, in 1973, He passed away December 21, 1988 following a long illness.
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A 12 Chapter 1933 Mascot Movie Serial.
Hank Davis (Jack Mulhall) is the foreman on a huge dam project. He hires two stunt flyers he once flew with, Fred Cromell (Bob Steele) and Bill "Jellybean" Cook (Guinn Williams), to protect his dam from the air raids by a group known as the Mystery Squadron, under the leadership of the mysterious Black Ace. Each attack is preceded by the arrival of a miniature airplane carrying a warning that the Mystery Squadron is about to attack. This makes the workers somewhat disturbed and distressed to the point that they mistake Fred and Bill for members of the criminal air armada. The workers form a vigilante lynch mob from which Fred and Bill must escape and continue their 12-chapter search to unmask The Black Ace.
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1. The Oklahoma Cyclone (1930) - Bob Steele:
Jimmy Henderson (Bob Steele) is looking for his missing father.
Suspecting McKim, he joins his gang posing as the outlaw the Oklahoma Cyclone.
The gang members take a dislike to him except for Slim (Al St. John) who becomes his friend, a friend he will need when the showdown begins.
2. The Nevada Buckaroo (1931) - Bob Steele
When the Nevada Kid (Bob Steele) gets caught in a stage robbery, the gang leader Cherokee (George Hayes) gets him released by forging a petition to the Governor.
The Kid tries to go straight but the stage he is guarding gets robbed. When the Sheriff (Glen Cavender) jails Cherokee who was not in on the robbery, the Kid gets caught effecting Cherokee's escape and finds himself in jail again.
For revenge the outlaw Morgan (Ed Brady) steals the Carruthers young son. Seventeen years later Carruthers (Hank Bell) arrives in the valley where Morgan, his gang, and the now grown Bob (Bob Steele) hide.
6. Galloping Romeo (1933) - Bob Steele
Money is mysteriously disappearing from a locked trunk atop the stage even though the trunk arrives still locked. When pals Bob Rivers (Bob Steele) and Grizzly (George 'Gabby' Hayes) get the jop driving the stage, the same thing happens
John Clark (Bob Steele) and his deaf pal, Bootch Collum (Buck Connors), are trailed by U. S. Marshal Lamar Bly (Jack Rockwell), who thinks they are part of The Kootney Kid's (Earl Dwire) gang, which had just held up the stage coach. But the gang attacks the pair, and Bly joins them in the gunfight. Bly is wounded and is taken to a Mexican's camp to recover. He gives John his badge and authorizes him to take up the hunt
When Sundown (Bob Steele) wins a horse race he is paid with a deed to a ranch. Arriving at the ranch he finds the Prestons (Marie Burton/Jack Rockwell) already living there. They bought it from the fake land agent Taggart (Ed Cassidy) who then frames Sundown for murder.
Summoned by Ed Oliver (Charles K. French), Jim Hale (Bob Steele) and sidekick Fuzz (Buck Connors) arrive at Oliver's ranch to find a range war in progress. Unknown to Jim, Ed Brady (Steve Clark) has kidnapped Oliver and replaced him with a stooge. Brady is after the Green ranch and Jim and Fuzz now set out to help Helen Green (Roberta Gale).
Bob Marlow (Bob Steele) is sent undercover to an Arizona town where an outlaw gang, comprised of the six Tolliver brothers, have taken over the town and terrorizing the citizens. He comes to town, posing as an Eastern dude, and, through a series of incidents manages to get rid of three of the brothers, mostly through their own ineptness. The remaining brothers decide to get-while-the-gettin'-is good, rob the bank and head for the Mexican border.
Just after the Civil War, Captain Thorn (Bob Steele) is sent west to help protect the new telegraph line that is under construction. Leeds is out to establish an independent nation in the west and tries stopping its construction and also incoming wagon trains by inciting the Indians to attack both of them.
Tex (Bob Steele) is brought in to help fight in a range war between the cowmen and the nesters. As he tries to reach a peaceable end to the conflict, he learns that his old nemesis may be behind the feud.
Ted Warren (Bob Steele) returns from WW1 to find that everyone thinks he was dead. The culprit is Kent who intercepted his mail, rustled the Warren cattle, took over the Warren ranch, and is now after Ted's girl friend. When Kent's henchmen fail to kill Ted, Kent shoots Ted's father and leaves him for dead. But only wounded, the plan is to have Warren appear as a ghost to get a confession from Kent.
Hank Davis kills Jack Lewis to get his gold mine. Bruce Conway (Bob Steele) brings him in but then realizes Davis is the only one that knows where the mine is. Bruce and his pal Whitey rescue Davis from the lynch mob only to have avis' gang catch them and leave them in the desert to die.
Gary Gray (Bob Steele) arrives only to be caught up in the rustling activities of Ben Holt (Jack Rockwell) and his gang. First Holt brands him for rustling and then frames him for murder. Proven innocent, Gary foils the gang's stage holdup and then heads after Holt whom he now knows to be the real killer. But Holt knows he is coming and waits unseen in ambush.
Cowboy Larry O'Day (Bob Steele) and his sidekick Lucky Smith (Don Barclay) happen upon a distraught Barbara Hartwell (Harley Wood), who is about to be arrested for the murder of her uncle. With Barbara behind bars, Larry is determined to find the real killer and soon finds himself in the middle of a mystery involving crazed German entomologists and a smuggling ring bringing Chinese "picture girls" across the Mexican border for sale to wealthy Chinese bachelors.
18. The Gun Ranger (1937) - Bob Steele
Ranger Dan Larsen (Bob Steele), after Wally Smeed (Ernie Adams) goes unconvinced of killing the father of Molly Pearson (Eleanor Stewart), resigning from the Rangers in order to work undercover to track down the leaders of the outlaw band that runs the town.
Arriving in a lawless Texas town, Billy (Bob Steele) finds his old friend Fuzzy (Al St. John). When Billy stands up to Flash and his gang, he is made Sheriff. He and Fuzzy then set out to retrieve the money stolen by Flash and clear his brother Gil Cooper who is part of the gang. This is the second of the "Billy the Kid" series from PRC that starred Bob Steele
21. Billy the Kid's Gun Justice (1940) - Bob Steele:
Billy (Bob Steele) and his sidekick Fuzzy (Al St. John) trying to unravel the mystery of a friend's missing uncle and bring to justice the criminals behind the disappearance whom they suspect are also behind a related land swindle
22. Billy the Kid in Santa Fe (1941) - Bob Steele
After being framed for murder, Billy (Bob Steele) escapes jail with the help of his pals Jeff (Rex Lease) and Fuzzy (Al St. John). They travel to Santa Fe where they meet up with Joe Benson, the man paid by Barton to lie at Billy's trial. This time Joe is framed for murder
Jack Slade (Mauritz Hugo) and Mary Conway, alias Blanche (Veda Ann Borg), being recognized as known and wanted crooks by deputy marshal Harry Stevens (Steve Clark) and, when he orders them out of town, Slade kills him. His son, Bob Stevens (Bob Steele) and friend Parkford (Hoot Gibson) become U.S. Marshals and proceed to rid the town of the cut-throat gang that has been terrorizing the citizens.
24. Northwest Trail (1945) – Bob Steele: [In Color]
Mountie Matt O'Brien (Bob Steele) is assigned to escort Miss Owens to a remote outpost. But when he finds an illegal mining operation there that is smuggling gold across the border, his superior Sgt. Means orders him to leave.
This is based on a James Oliver Curwood story.
25. Wildfire (1945) – Bob Steele: [In Color]