The Oil Raider

Last updated
The Oil Raider
The Oil Raider.jpg
Directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet
Written byHomer King Gordon
George Morgan
Rex Taylor
Produced bySpencer Gordon Bennet
Lester F. Scott Jr.
Starring Buster Crabbe
Gloria Shea
George Irving
Cinematography Edward Snyder
Edited by Frederick Bain
Scott-Bennet Productions
Distributed by Mayfair Pictures
Release date
November 1, 1934
Running time
59 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Oil Raider is a 1934 American action film directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet and starring Buster Crabbe, Gloria Shea and George Irving. It was produced on Poverty Row as a second feature and was distributed by independent company Mayfair Pictures. [1]



Dave Warren, a wildcatter, has uncovered a potentially profitable oil well but needs more money to keep drilling. He borrows fifty thousand dollars from an investment banker Varley. When Varley's financial interests suffer a severe collapse he needs urgent money and hires men to sabotage the drilling so that he can foreclose and use the oil to recover his fortunes. However, his own daughter Alice has fallen in love with Warren.


Related Research Articles

Poverty Row is a slang term used to refer to Hollywood films produced from the 1920s to the 1950s by small B movie studios. Although many of them were based on today's Gower Street in Hollywood, the term did not necessarily refer to any specific physical location, but was rather a figurative catch-all for low-budget films produced by these lower-tier studios.

Al St. John American film actor (1892–1963)

Al St. John was an early American motion-picture comedian. He was a nephew of silent film star Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, with whom he often performed on screen. St. John was employed by Mack Sennett and also worked with many other leading players such as Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Mabel Normand. His film career successfully transitioned from the silent era into sound, and by the late 1930s and 1940s he was working predominantly in Westerns, often portraying the scruffy comedy-relief character "Fuzzy Q. Jones". Among his notable performances in that role are in the "Billy the Kid" series of films released by the Producers Releasing Corporation from 1940 to 1946 and in that company's "Lone Rider" series from 1941 to 1943.

<i>Love Bound</i> 1932 film

Love Bound is a 1932 American Pre-Code mystery film directed by Robert F. Hill and starring Jack Mulhall, Natalie Moorhead, Clara Kimball Young. It is a second feature produced by the Poverty Row studio Peerless Pictures. The film is also known as Murder on the High Seas, the alternative title it was later reissued under.

<i>The Chinese Ring</i> 1947 film by William Beaudine

The Chinese Ring is a 1947 American film directed by William Beaudine.

<i>Wild Horse Phantom</i> 1944 film by Sam Newfield

Wild Horse Phantom is a 1944 American Producers Releasing Corporation Western film of the "Billy the Kid" series directed by Sam Newfield.

<i>Passport to Paradise</i> 1932 film

Passport to Paradise is a 1932 American drama film directed by George B. Seitz and starring Jack Mulhall, Blanche Mehaffey and Eddie Phillips. It was produced as a second feature for release by the independent company Mayfair Pictures. The film is now considered to be lost.

<i>Git Along Little Dogies</i> (film) 1937 film by Joseph Kane

Git Along Little Dogies is a 1937 American Western film directed by Joseph Kane and starring Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, and the Maple City Four. Written by Dorrell and Stuart E. McGowan, the film is about a singing cowboy who gets caught up in a war between oilmen and cattle ranchers, taking the side of the ranchers until he learns that oil will bring a railroad to town. The film is also known as Serenade of the West in the United Kingdom.

<i>Colorado Sunset</i> 1939 film by George Sherman

Colorado Sunset is a 1939 American Western film directed by George Sherman and starring Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, and June Storey. Written by Betty Burbridge and Stanley Roberts, based on a story by Luci Ward and Jack Natteford, the film is about a singing cowboy and his buddies who discover that the ranch they bought is really a dairy farm—and worse, it's subject to intimidation from a protection racket that prevents dairy products from safely reaching the market.

Budd Leland Buster, usually credited as Budd Buster, was an American actor known for B western films. He sometimes was credited as George Selk in his later work.

Gloria Shea American actress (1910–1995)

Olive Gloria Shea was an American film actress. She was sometimes billed as Olive Shea.

<i>Black Gold</i> (1936 film) 1936 film by Russell Hopton

Black Gold is a 1936 American action film directed by Russell Hopton and starring Frankie Darro, LeRoy Mason and Gloria Shea.

Silent Sentinel is a 1929 American silent crime film directed by Alan James and starring Champion the Dog, Gareth Hughes and Josephine Hill.

Strange People is a 1933 American mystery film directed by Richard Thorpe and starring John Darrow, Gloria Shea and Hale Hamilton.

<i>Women Wont Tell</i> 1932 film

Women Won't Tell is a 1932 American Pre-Code drama film directed by Richard Thorpe and starring Sarah Padden, Otis Harlan and Gloria Shea. It was written by Lela E. Rogers, mother of Ginger Rogers.

Thrill of Youth is a 1932 American Pre-Code drama film directed by Richard Thorpe and starring June Clyde and Dorothy Peterson.

<i>North of Arizona</i> 1935 film directed by Harry S. Webb

North of Arizona is a 1935 American Western film directed by Harry S. Webb and starring Jack Perrin, Blanche Mehaffey and Lane Chandler. It was a low-budget B film made by Reliable Pictures.

<i>St. Louis Woman</i> (film) Film directed by Albert Ray

St. Louis Woman is a 1934 American musical drama film directed by Albert Ray and starring Jeanette Loff, Johnny Mack Brown and Earle Foxe. It is also known by the alternative title of Missouri Nightingale.

Lester F. Scott Jr. (1883–1954) was an American film producer of the silent and early sound eras. He specialized in producing western films, many of them directed by Richard Thorpe.

<i>Badge of Honor</i> (film) 1934 film

Badge of Honor is a 1934 American drama film directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet and starring Buster Crabbe, Ruth Hall and Betty Blythe. It was produced on Poverty Row as a second feature for distribution by Mayfair Pictures. Crabbe was loaned out from Paramount Pictures for the production. The film's sets were designed by the art director Paul Palmentola.

<i>Desert Justice</i> 1936 film

Desert Justice is a 1936 American western film directed by William Berke and starring Jack Perrin, Warren Hymer and David Sharpe.


  1. Pitts p.239