|The Royal Mounted Rides Again|
|Directed by||Lewis D. Collins|
|Written by||Joseph O'Donnell|
Harold Channing Wire
|Produced by||Morgan Cox|
Paul E. Burns
Charles Van Enger
|Edited by||Norman A. Cerf (supervisor)|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|13 chapters (221 minutes)|
The Royal Mounted Rides Again is a 1945 Universal film serial. Adventure serials of this type were popular in the early days of cinema. The serial, often called cliffhangers, would show one episode per week, with an ending that would hide the outcome of an exciting event, sometimes ending with "tune in next week for the exciting continuing saga..", or something along those lines. Actor and popular singing cowboy of the day Addison Randall died during the making of this serial.
Mine owner Jackson Decker orders his manager to obtain miner Tom Bailey's milling machinery, no matter what the cost. When Bailey is found murdered, suspicion naturally falls on Jackson and his manager. Jackson's son, a Canadian Mountie, is directed to seek out the murderer, or murderers, and bring them to justice.
The Mountie joins forces with a French-Canadian policeman, Bailey's beautiful daughter, and a phony palm reader to learn the truth. The foursome soon discover that there is a secret gold mine, a double crossing casino owner, and a forger at the bottom of the crime.
Cline claims that The Royal Mounted Rides Again is "pretty close to being the weakest chapter film [Universal] ever made." An excellent cast was wasted and the story "wandered aimlessly [with] almost no suspense."