Though Eagle Lion's "Red Ryder" westerns were not as well received as the earlier entries from Republic, they still managed to turn a profit. In Fighting Redhead, the heroic Ryder is played by Jim Bannon, with Don Kay Reynolds -- aka Little Brown Jug -- as Ryder's youthful Indian chum Little Beaver. In his first Cinecolor adventure, Red Ryder tries to bring a murderous cattle rustler to justice. The villain is played by John Hart, who'd later switch to the right side of the law as Clayton Moore's temporary replacement on TV's Lone Ranger series. Heroine Peggy Stewart is refreshingly feisty and fearless as she tries to exact vengeance for the murder of her rancher father.
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