The Black Rider

The Black Rider

Wolf Rilla (1954)

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This amiable low-budget crime caper takes the old idea of using spooks to cover a smuggling operation (first used in 1933's The Ghost Train) and adds a dash of Famous Five exuberance to create a formula familiar to fans of the cartoon series Scooby Doo. The plot zips along like one of the motorbikes owned by the club members who expose the villains with the help of a crusading journalist. Director Wolf Rilla was the author of a manual called A-Z of Making Movies, and this is very much film-making by the book, but it's a pleasing time-passer, nonetheless.


A reporter investigates stories of a ghostly presence haunting a ruined castle, only to discover smugglers are up to no good and are using the legend to scare people away from their hideout. The fearless journalist recruits a biker gang to help him bring the crooks to justice. Crime drama, starring Jimmy Hanley, Rona Anderson and Lionel Jeffries.

Cast & Crew

Jerry Marsh Jimmy Hanley
Mary Rona Anderson
Brennan Lionel Jeffries
Robert Leslie Dwyer
George Amble Kenneth Connor
Mrs Marsh Beatrice Varley
Karen Valerie Hanson
Ted Lintott Vincent Ball
Director Wolf Rilla
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteAvailable on: DVD