biography

Born Clarence Linden Crabbe in Oakland, California, on February 17, 1908, Buster Crabbe spent his formative years in Hawaii, where he learned to swim. Prior to winning a gold medal in 1932 for the 400-meter freestyle, Crabbe had graduated from college and attempted to break into films with a few bit parts while working as a stunt double. After his Olympic success, Crabbe landed a contract with Paramount Studios in 1933. Earlier, he had tested for the role of Tarzan at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer but lost out to Johnny Weissmuller. However, Paramount cast Crabbe in King of the Jungle, a thinly veiled Tarzan copycat film released in 1933. Later that year, producer Sol Lesser cast Crabbe in the Principal Pictures release Tarzan the Fearless to encourage a competition between Weissmuller and Crabbe. However, Fearless was poorly received by fans and critics alike, mostly due to its low production values and the popularity of Weissmuller's Tarzan the Ape Man. Although the film was shot both as a serial and as a feature, the full-length version is the only one that exists today. At the time of the serial's release, many theaters showed only the first episode of the serial and abandoned it. No print of the serial currently exists and is considered lost.

Buster Crabbe in the 1950sBuster CrabbeLloyd Nolan, John Howard, and Buster Crabbe

LEFT and CENTER: Various beefcake shots. RIGHT: Paramount Studio shot of Lloyd Nolan, John Howard, and Buster Crabbe on the beach

While the Tarzan film did not do much for his career, Crabbe eventually found screen fame in the Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers serials. Between 1936 and 1940, Crabbe starred as Flash Gordon in three movie serials released by Universal Studios: Flash Gordon (1936); Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars (1938); and Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940). Some of these serials have alternate titles, resulting from their release to television. While Crabbe was the first actor to portray Flash Gordon onscreen, actor Gale Gordon voiced the radio serial in 1935. The movie serials with Crabbe were sold into a TV syndication package in the early 1950s. When his contract with Paramount lapsed in 1940, Crabbe headed over to poverty row studio PRC, where he acted in the studio's popular Billy the Kid western series. In 1947, Crabbe signed with Columbia to star in a string of action films.

the films of buster crabbe

Tarzan the Fearless (1933) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Buster CrabbeBuster CrabbeBuster Crabbe

From the poverty row production Tarzan the Fearless

You're Telling Me! (1934) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Jean Marsh and Buster Crabbe

With Jean Marsh in the W.C. Fields comedy You're Telling Me!, released by Paramount

Search for Beauty (1934) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Buster Crabbe and Ida LupinoIda Lupino and Buster Crabbe

Crabbe and Ida Lupino in the big-budget Paramount film Search for Beauty

Flash Gordon (1936) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Buster Crabbe as Flash GordonBuster Crabbe as Flash GordonBuster Crabbe as Flash GordonBuster Crabbe and Jean RogersBuster Crabbe and Jean Rogers

LEFT: Crabbe as the title character in the Universal serial Flash Gordon. RIGHT: With Jean Rogers

Forlorn River (1937) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Syd Saylor and Buster Crabbe

From the Paramount backlot western Forlorn River with Syd Saylor

Thrill of a Lifetime (1937)

Buster Crabbe and Betty GrableBuster Crabbe and Betty Grable

With Betty Grable in Thrill of a Lifetime

Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars (1938) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Buster Crabbe as Flash GordonBuster Crabbe as Flash GordonBuster Crabbe as Flash GordonBuster Crabbe and  Charles Middleton

From Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars, aka Mars Attacks the World, with Jean Rogers as Dale Arden and Frank Shannon as Professor Zarkov

Call a Messenger (1939)

Buster Crabbe, Victor Jory, and Mary Carlisle

With Victor Jory and Mary Carlisle from the crime drama Call a Messenger

Buck Rogers (1939) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Buster Crabbe

Crabbe as the title character in the twelve-chapter Universal serial Buck Rogers

Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Buster Crabbe and Carol Hughes

From the twelve-chapter Universal serial Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe with Carol Hughes

Billy the Kid Wanted (1941) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Buster Crabbe, Glenn Strange, and Al St. John

With Glenn Strange and Al St. John in PRC's Billy the Kid Wanted

Queen of Broadway (1942)

Rochelle Hudson and Buster Crabbe

From the PRC drama Queen of Broadway with Rochelle Hudson

Wildcat (1942) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Buster Crabbe

From Paramount's drama Wildcat

The Contender (1944) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Arline Judge and Buster Crabbe

With Arline Judge in the PRC crime drama The Contender

His Brother's Ghost (1945) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Buster Crabbe

Crabbe as Billy the Kid in the PRC western His Brother's Ghost with Al 'Fuzzy' St. John

Terrors on Horseback (1946)

Buster Crabbe

With Al 'Fuzzy' St. John in the PRC western His Brother's Ghost

Caged Fury (1948) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Buster Crabbe and Richard Denning

Crabbe wrestles with Richard Denning in Paramount's film noir thriller Caged Fury

King of the Congo (1952)

Buster CrabbeBuster Crabbe

From Columbia's low-budget actioner King of the Congo

Gunfighters of Abilene (1960)

Buster CrabbeBuster Crabbe and Rachel Ames

LEFT: As Kip in the western Gunfighters of Abilene, released by United Artists. RIGHT: With Rachel Ames

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979-1981 NBC TV Series)

Buster Crabbe, Erin Gray, and Gil Gerard

Crabbe with Erin Gray and Gil Gerard in an episode of the NBC TV series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century titled Planet of the Slave Girls, which originally aired on September 27, 1979

later years

Crabbe's film career began to decline in the years following World War II. Although he still found roles into the 1950s, he focused his efforts on his swimming pool company, Buster Crabbe Swimming Pools, once a frequent prize on The Price is Right in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Also, from 1955 through 1957, Crabbe starred in the syndicated TV series Captain Gallant of the Foreign Legion. Serving as co-stars were Fuzzy Knight and Crabbe's son Cullen.

In the 1960s Crabbe retired from the screen, but during the last years of his life he made a return to acting, taking roles in TV shows such as Buck Rogers in the 25th Century and acting in a few low-budget films, such as Alien Dead (1980). He died of a heart attack on April 23, 1983, at the age of 75. He was survived by his wife, son Cullen, and daughter Susan. Crabbe's other daughter, Caren, died of complications resulting from anorexia in 1957 at the age of 20.

the buster crabbe gallery

Buster CrabbeBuster CrabbeBuster CrabbeBuster Crabbe

Buster CrabbeBuster CrabbeBuster CrabbeBuster CrabbeBuster Crabbe

Buster Crabbe and Charles MiddletonBuster CrabbeBuster Crabbe

buster crabbe films available from movies unlimited

Find your movie at MoviesUnlimited.com.

TELEVISION
Captain Gallant Of The Foreign Legion, Vol. 1 [DVD] DVD
Includes "Spirit of Corps," "The Search," "Dr. Legionnaire," and "Legion Is Our Home." 94 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
Captain Gallant Of The Foreign Legion, Vol. 2 [DVD] DVD
Includes "Camel Race," "Cuffy's Good Deed," "Revenge," and "The Boy Who Found Christmas." 94 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
Captain Gallant Of The Foreign Legion, Vol. 3 [DVD] DVD
Includes four episodes. 94 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
Captain Gallant Of The Foreign Legion, Vol. 4 [DVD] DVD
Includes four episodes. 94 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
Christmas: The Classic Television Collection 2 Pack [DVD] DVD
Includes "Christmas: The Classic Television Collection, Vol. 1" and "Christmas: The Classic Television Collection, Vol. 2."

FILM
Tarzan The Fearless (1933)/Tarzan's Revenge (1938) [DVD] DVD
This (vine) swinging double bill opens with Olympic great Buster Crabbe as "Tarzan the Fearless," helping a young girl find her father, discovering a lost city, and fighting treacherous Arabs. Jacqueline Wells, Eddie Woods co-star; adapted from the serial of the same name. Next, decathlon champ Glenn Morris takes over the reins as Tarzan, rescuing a young woman from the evil clutches of a demented ruler who plans to keep her captive in his hidden fortress, in "Tarzan's Revenge." With Eleanor Holm and C. Henry Gordon. 148 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
The Great American Western, Vol. 1: Randolph Scott [DVD] DVD
Conflict between cattlemen and the ever-increasing numbers of settlers threatens to tear "Abilene Town" (1946) apart, and only marshal Randolph Scott can keep the peace. Top-notch frontier drama also stars Rhonda Fleming, Ann Dvorak, Edgar Buchanan. Collection also includes "To the Last Man," "The Fighting Westerner" and "Rage at Dawn."
Pre-Code Hollywood Collection [DVD] DVD
"The Cheat" (1931), a remake of the 1915 C.B. DeMille silent, is a racy (for its time) melodrama about a socialite who loses big money by gambling. Tallulah Bankhead, Harvey Stephens star. "Merrily We Go to Hell" (1932) follows an alcoholic playwright (Fredric March) who shatters his marriage vows. With Adrianne Allen, Sylvia Sydney, and Cary Grant. On a "Hot Saturday" (1932), Nancy Carroll loses her job over rumors connecting her to Grant and Randolph Scott. With Lili Bond, Edward Woods. A sullied "Torch Singer" (1933) looks for redemption on a children's radio show. Claudette Colbert, David Manners star. A killer tries to destroy the famous "Earl Carroll's Vanities" Broadway stage show, in "Murder at the Vanities" (1934). Victor McLaglen, Kitty Carlisle star. Con men peddling a fitness magazine conduct a "Search for Beauty" (1934) that turns up Buster Crabbe and Ida Lupino, among other Olympic athletes showing the kind of skin the Production Code would later frown upon. With Robert Armstrong, Gertrude Michael. 7 3/4 hrs. total on three discs. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH), French, Spanish; featurette; Production Code repro.
She Had To Choose [DVD](1934) DVD
In this drama, Buster Crabbe plays a man targeted by two women for love: a poor, orphaned girl and a wealthy debutante. The plot thickens when deb's brother marries the orphan, and Crabbe kills the new groom. But will his murderous act lead to true love or his downfall? With Isabel Jewell, Sally Blane, Regis Toomey. 65 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
Badge Of Honor [DVD](1934) DVD
The heroic Buster Crabbe plays a society boy who poses as a newspaper reporter when he comes to a new city. Soon he's embroiled in a number of exciting situations, ranging from car chases to saloon fights. Guess he's not working the film critic beat. Ruth Hall, Ralph Lewis also star. 62 min.
Poverty Row Studio Collection: Mayfair Pictures, Vol. 1 [DVD] DVD
Two-disc set includes "Chinatown After Dark," "The Monster Walks," "Tangled Destinies," and "Badge of Honor" (1934).
W.C. Fields Comedy Collection, Vol. 2 [DVD] DVD
Godfrey Daniel, it's a Fields day with five laugh-filled features. First, Fields is a hapless inventor trying to impress the family of his daughter's suitor, in "You're Telling Me!" (1934), a remake of the silent "So's Your Old Man"; "The Old Fashioned Way" (1934) finds Fields playing the Great McGonigle, head of a less-than-successful traveling theatrical troupe; an attempt to skip work for the first time in 25 years leads to calamity for henpecked family man Fields, the "Man on the Flying Trapeze" (1935); Fields' stage hit and silent film "Sally of the Sawdust" was revamped as "Poppy" (1936), with him as a medicine show hawker who helps adopted daughter Rochelle Hudson claim her inheritance; and Fields plays an exaggerated version of himself in the surreal comedy "Never Give a Sucker an Even Break" (1941), with Gloria Jean and Margaret Dumont. 5 3/4 hrs. on five discs. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH), French, Spanish; featurette; theatrical trailers.
Desert Gold [DVD](1936) DVD
Fine rendition of the Zane Grey classic stars Buster Crabbe as the chief of an Indian tribe that zealously guards the ore rich deposits beneath their land. Frontier adventure with Robert Cummings, Marsha Hunt, Tom Keene. 54 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English, Spanish; featurettes.
Rocketship (Flash Gordon: Rocketship) [DVD](1936) DVD
A mysterious planet is on a collision course with Earth, and only Flash and his allies can save the day, in this feature-length compilation from the 1936 serial "Flash Gordon." Buster Crabbe, Jean Rogers star. AKA: "Atomic Rocketship." 73 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Drift Fence [DVD](1936) DVD
Inspired by a Zane Grey story, this exciting oater stars Buster Crabbe and Tom Keene in a tale of a man who infiltrates a group of cattle rustlers in order to find the murderer of his friend. Katherine DeMille and Glenn (Leif) Erickson also star. AKA: "Texas Desperadoes." 56 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English, Spanish; featurettes.
Billy The Kid Trapped (1942)/Forlorn River [DVD](1937) DVD
First, in "Billy the Kid Trapped," young Mr. Bonney will be fitted for a noose unless he can convince the marshal that the crime he is being charged with was committed by someone else. Buster Crabbe, Al. St John, Bud McTaggart star. Then, in "Forlorn River," Crabbe stars as a canny cowpoke who wrests a sleepy Nevada town from the grip of an outlaw gang. June Martel, Harvey Stephens co-star in the second filmed version of the classic Zane Grey tale. 114 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
Mars Attacks The World [DVD](1938) DVD
In this feature-length adventure culled from episodes of the "Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars" serial, Flash and his allies are the only ones who can thwart Ming the Merciless' evil plot to blow the Earth to smithereens. Buster Crabbe, Jean Rogers, Charles Middleton star. 68 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Red Barry [DVD](1938) DVD
This rousing espionage serial stars Buster Crabbe (of "Flash Gordon" and "Buck Rogers" fame) as ace detective Red Barry, who must track down a fortune in stolen bonds. Along the way, Crabbe has many an exciting brush battling Asian criminal masterminds, ballerina spies, and other menaces. With Frances Robinson, Frank Lackteen. Includes all 13 episodes; 4 1/4 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; photo gallery; theatrical trailers.
Buck Rogers (70th Anniversary) [DVD](1939) DVD
Emerging from a state of hibernation after 500 years, Buck Rogers (Buster Crabbe) and young Buddy Wade (Jackie Moran) awaken to a world held in a grip of fear by Killer Kane, and must zoom off to the ringed planet for help from the Saturnians. Co-stars Constance Moore, Anthony Warde. 12 chapters; 4 hrs. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; bonus short "Buck Rogers and the Tiger Men from Mars" (1933); featurettes; radio show episodes; more.
Flash Gordon Conquers The Universe [DVD](1940) DVD
Buster Crabbe returns as interplanetary hero Flash Gordon, teaming with Dale, Prince Barin and his friends to save Earth from a deadly plague known as the Purple Death, the creation of none other than Ming the Merciless. With Carol Hughes, Charles Middleton. 12 universe-conquering episodes; 4 hrs. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; photo gallery; interviews; TV spots; 1932 Olympics footage.
The Complete Adventures Of Flash Gordon [DVD] DVD
Olympic swimmer-turned-action hero Buster Crabbe starred as the comics' outer space hero in this trio of Universal serials. "Flash Gordon: Space Soldiers" (1936) finds Gordon and his allies Dale Arden and Dr. Zarkov blasting off to stop the rogue planet Mongo from crashing into Earth. In their way are sharkmen, hawkmen, and the evil Ming the Merciless. With Jean Rogers, Charles Middleton. AKA: "Flash Gordon." Flash and Dale travel to the Red Planet to stop Ming and Martian queen Azura from destroying Earth's atmosphere in "Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars" (1938), Rogers, Middleton co-star. And "Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe" (1940) to save mankind from Ming's Purple Death plague dust. With Middleton, Carole Hughes. 13 2/3 hrs. total on four discs. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; 24-page book.
The Serial Box, Vol. 1 [DVD] DVD
Four-disc set includes "Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe," "Zorro's Fighting Legion," "Radar Men from the Moon," and "The New Adventures of Tarzan."
Jungle Man [DVD](1941) DVD
Buster Crabbe stars as a courageous doctor in the African jungle, working to save villagers from a deadly fever, who encounters an expedition searching for the fabled "City of the Dead." With Sheila Darcy, Weldon Heyburn, and Crabbe's "Flash Gordon" foe Charles Middleton as, of all things, a reverend. AKA: "Drums of Africa." 63 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
Billy The Kid Wanted [DVD](1941) DVD
Taking over the role from Bob Steele, Buster Crabbe shines in his debut outing as Billy the Kid. After riding into a small town, the Kid discovers that the residents of the community are powerless against a greedy land baron who dominates the area. Quicker than you can say "varmint," he sets out to save the day. With Al "Fuzzy" St. John, Dave O'Brien, Glen Strange, Charles King. 61 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
Wildcat [DVD](1942) DVD
Richard Arlen is Johnny Maverick, a cowpoke whose last penny goes to a land deal in which he takes on a partner. When that partner dies, Maverick fights a sabotage effort from an outlaw while waiting to see if his new land has oil on it. William Frawley, Arline Judge and Buster Crabbe co-star in this fantastic Paramount horse opera. 71 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
Law And Order [DVD](1942) DVD
Buster Crabbe shines as Billy the Kid in this great horse opera. After the Kid and some associates are arrested and taken to Fort Culver, the outlaw is shocked to discover that he is an exact double for the post's commander. But when the Calvary officer dies, Billy takes his identity and helps foil a plot to swindle an old lady. With Al St. John, Dave O'Brien. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
White Huntress (1957)/Jungle Siren [DVD](1942) DVD
The search for a fabled treasure hidden in the heart of the African jungle in the 1890s leads to danger for a party of explorers and a battle with a giant python, in "White Huntress," shot on location in Kenya. John Bentley, Robert Urquhart, Susan Stephen star. AKA: "Golden Ivory." Next, explorer Buster Crabbe teams up with a white woman raised in the jungle (played by burlesque legend Ann Corio) to defeat Nazi agents operating in equatorial Africa, in "Jungle Siren," with Paul Bryar. 135 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; bonus short "African Pygmy Thrills."
Mysterious Rider (Panhandle Trail) [DVD](1942) DVD
When a con artist tries to swindle two children out of their inherited mine, Billy the Kid (Buster Crabbe) trots to the rescue. Al St. John, John Merton also star in this superior sagebrusher. 56 min.
The Great American Western, Vol. 34 [DVD] DVD
"Sheriff of Sage Valley" (1942) features Buster Crabbe in a dual role as famous outlaw Billy the Kid, who is mistakenly appointed mayor of a Western town, and his oily twin brother, gambler Kansas Ed. Al St. John, Tex "Dave" O'Brien also star. Then, when a gang of ornery outlaws frames Billy (Crabbe) for murder and the kidnapping of a young girl, he sets to find her so he can clear his name, in "Western Cyclone" (1943). "Shoot Out at Big Sag" (1962) stars Walter Brennan as a would-be "clergyman" trying to keep settlers from Texas off of land in Montana. Chris Robinson, Luana Patten, Leif Erickson co-star. "California" (1963) is set against the backdrop of the would-be state's struggle for independence from Mexico. With Jock Mahoney, Faith Domergue and Michael Pate. 4 hrs. total.
Classic Westerns Collection: Buster Crabbe [DVD] DVD
Four classic Billy the Kid oaters starring Buster Crabbe! First, Crabbe plays two roles in "Sheriff of Sage Valley" (1942). He's famed outlaw Billy, who is mistakenly appointed mayor of a Western town and promises to keep it clean, only to find trouble in the form of an oily twin brother, gambler Kansas Ed. Al St. John, Dave "Tex" O'Brien co-star. Next, a gang of ornery outlaws frames the Kid (Crabbe) for murder and the kidnapping of a young girl. Crabbe must clear his name by finding the girl, in "Western Cyclone" (1943). With St. John, Marjorie Manners. Then, in order to clear his name (again) of crimes being committed by a band of outlaws, Billy (Crabbe) joins the gang, only to find it's being led by a woman, in "Fugitive of the Plains" (1943). St. John, Maxine Leslie, Jack Ingram, and Kermit Maynard co-star. Finally, the Kid's grizzled sidekick has had it with life on the run and wants to go straight, but Billy is more than determined to show him the error of his ways, in "Fuzzy Settles Down" (1944). Crabbe, St. John star. 3 3/4 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; theatrical trailers.
Sheriff Of Sage Valley (1942)/Western Cyclone [DVD](1943) DVD
First, in "Sheriff of Sage Valley," Buster Crabbe does double duty as Billy the Kid and his oily twin brother. When the siblings square off, the stage is set for a sagebrush showdown. With Al "Fuzzy" St. John, Tex O'Brien. Then, in "Western Cyclone," Crabbe again plays the Kid. This time, he tries to clear his name after he is framed for the kidnapping and murder of a young girl. Co-stars St. John, Marjorie Manners, Karl Hackett. 111 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
Panhandle Trail (1942)/Frontier Outlaws [DVD](1944) DVD
First, Buster Crabbe shines as Billy the Kid in "Panhandle Trail," dealing with outlaws and trying to help some youngsters find their prospector father. With Al "Fuzzy" St. John, Caroline Burke. AKA: "The Mysterious Rider." Then, the first entry in the "Billy Carson" film series, "Frontier Outlaws" has the Wild West legend taking a stand against a group of outlaws trying to steal a kindly woman's land. Crabbe, St. John, Frances Gladwin, and Marin Sais star. 97 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
Fugitive Of The Plains (1943)/Fuzzy Settles Down [DVD](1944) DVD
In order to clear his name of crimes being committed by a band of outlaws, Billy the Kid joins the gang, only to find it's being led by a woman, in "Fugitive of the Plains." Buster Crabbe stars as the Western legend; with Al St. John, Maxine Leslie, Jack Ingram, and Kermit Maynard. Then, the Kid's grizzled sidekick has had it with life on the run and wants to go straight, but Billy is more than determined to show him the error of his ways, in "Fuzzy Settles Down." Crabbe, St. John star. 112 min. total.
Cattle Stampede [DVD](1943) DVD
Billy the Kid (Buster Crabbe) and sidekick Fuzzy Jones (Al St. John) go head to head against a rustler who schemes to purchase cattle at reduced prices. Frances Gladwin and Charles King also star in this action-packed western. AKA: "Billy the Kid in Cattle Stampede." 57 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
The Kid Rides Again [DVD](1943) DVD
Buster Crabbe once again stars as Billy the Kid in this rootin'-tootin' sagebrush spectacular. Wrongfully accused of a train robbery, he becomes determined to track down the real thieves. After meeting up with sidekick Al "Fuzzy" St. John, Crabbe and his faithful companion dodge the law while trying to bring the crooks to justice. With Iris Meredith, Glenn Strange, Charles King. AKA: "Billy the Kid Rides Again." 52 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
The Contender (1944)/The Oil Raider [DVD](1934) DVD
First, in "The Contender," Buster Crabbe laces up his boxing gloves in order to become a prizefighter and raise money to send his son to a military academy. But will a series of pitfalls sway him from his lofty mission? With Arline Judge, Julie Gibson. Then, Crabbe shines in "The Oil Raider" as a prospector whose dreams of becoming rich from striking black gold are complicated by a greedy banker and his thugs. Gloria Shea, George Irving, Max Wagner co-star. 123 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
Nabonga [DVD](1944) DVD
A gorilla named Nabonga warms up to a teenage girl whose plane, which was also carrying a bundle of embezzled cash, crash lands in the Belgian Congo. Years later, Buster Crabbe sets out after the girl and must do battle with villains after the lost booty. With Julie London. 72 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English mono. Plays All Regions.
Wild Horse Phantom [DVD](1944) DVD
Exciting western yarn starring Buster Crabbe as Billy Carson, who battles some ornery landsnatchers out to dupe a group of honest ranchers. Al St. John and Elaine Morey co-star. 56 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
B Western Digests, Vol. 2 [DVD] DVD
Includes the Texas Rangers' films "Brand of the Devil" (1944) and "Rawhide Buckaroos"; "The Oregon Trail" (1939), with Johnny Mack Brown; and "Frontier Outlaws" (1944), starring Buster Crabbe.
Oath Of Vengeance [DVD](1944) DVD
Cowpoke Billy Carson (Buster Crabbe) isn't the swearing type, but he does vow to help a fellow cowboy who's been accused of murder in this series entry. Fuzzy St. John and Mady Lawrence co-star.
His Brother's Ghost (1945)/Shadows Of Death [DVD](1945) DVD
First up in this pair of "Billy Carson" actioners is "His Brother's Ghost," where Fuzzy St. John's lookalike brother is ambushed and slain by outlaws...and Fuzzy has them convinced he's returned from the dead, as he and Billy (Buster Crabbe) bring them to frontier justice. Co-stars Charles King, Archie Hall. Then, in the power-packed follow-up, "Shadows of Death," Billy (Crabbe) and Fuzzy come up against murderous outlaws who are trying to learn the route of the new railroad so they can cash in on the land boom. 106 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
Border Badmen [DVD](1945) DVD
Oh, they're bad, bad, border badmen...meanest men on the whole border. Badder than ol' King Kong, meaner than a junkyard dog. Only Buster Crabbe and Fuzzy Knight can stop them from closing on cattle barons. 58 min.
Gangster's Den [DVD](1945) DVD
One of Buster Crabbe's final turns as Billy, this episode is regarded as one of the series' finest entries. Billy once again proves that to live outside the law, you still must be honest. With Al St. John. 59 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English mono. Plays All Regions.
Rustlers' Hideout (1945)/Fugitive Of The Plains [DVD](1943) DVD
First, in "Rustlers' Hideout," Billy Carson (Buster Crabbe) must bust up a cattle-rustling ring, catch a cheating card shark, and nab a fraudulent businessman. With the help of his pal, he sets out to save the day. Buster Crabbe, Al "Fuzzy" St. John, Patti McCarty star. Then, in "Fugitive of the Plains," Crabbe shines as Billy the Kid, in an action-packed adventure to stop some outlaws who are trying to turn a pretty young woman into a crook. Al "Fuzzy" St. John, Maxine Leslie, Jack Ingram co-star. 105 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
Swamp Fire [DVD](1946) DVD
Screen Tarzans Johnny Weissmuller and Buster Crabbe find themselves on opposite sides of the law and rivals for Virginia Grey in this rarely seen actioner set in the Louisiana bayou. Look for a young David Janssen among the alligators. 69 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English mono; scene access. Plays All Regions.
Prairie Badmen [DVD](1946) DVD
The proprietor of a travelling medicine show is troubled by bad men seeking a special treasure map. Buster Crabbe's Billy Carson and Fuzzy St. John's Fuzzy Jones come to his rescue in this sagebrusher with comedy. Patricia Knox also stars. 55 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Caged Fury [DVD](1948) DVD
A circus thriller starring Buster Crabbe as a lion-tamer who murders his assistant in order to tame a new gal under the big top. After a rival performer suspects the animal trainer is responsible for the deed, the excitement starts. Richard Denning, Sheila Ryan also star. 60 min.
Gun Brothers [DVD](1956) DVD
Honest rancher Chad Santee (Buster Crabbe) and his cattle-rustling brother Jubal (Neville Brand) find themselves on opposite sides of the law in this thrilling western tale. Are they destined to remain enemies forever or can they stand together and fight side by side as brothers? Ann Robinson, Michael Ansara, Walter Sande, Lita Milan, and Slim Pickens co-star. 79 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Arizona Raiders [DVD](1965) DVD
In this thrilling post-Civil War story, Audie Murphy plays a Confederate soldier who joins the guerrilla group, Quantrill's Raiders. After being captured by a Union officer and sentenced to 20 years of hard labor, Murphy is offered amnesty if he helps track down the Raiders. Michael Dante, Buster Crabbe co-star. 97 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Alien Dead [DVD](1980) DVD
A group of aliens arrives on Earth on a meteorite, then uses their powers to transform humans into flesh-eating zombies. Who can stop the rampaging living dead? Why, a news reporter and a game warden, of course! This Fred Olen Ray production stars Buster Crabbe, Ray Roberts. 75 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; audio commentary; featurette; photo gallery.

buster crabbe dvds available from amazon.com

buster crabbe photos available

filmography

FILM
The Comeback Trail (1982) with Chuck McCann
Alien Dead (1980) directed by Fred Olen Ray
Swim Team (1979) with Stephen Furst and Gunilla Hutton
Arizona Raiders (1965) with Audie Murphy, Gloria Talbott, and Ben Cooper
The Bounty Killer (1965) with Dan Duryea, Rod Cameron, Johnny Mack Brown, Audrey Dalton, and Richard Arlen
Gunfighters of Abilene (1960) with Rachel Ames
Badman's Country (1958) with George Montgomery, Neville Brand, and Russell Johnson
The Lawless Eighties (1957) with John Smith
Gun Brothers (1956) with Ann Robinson and Neville Brand
King of the Congo (1952) with Jack Ingram
Pirates of the High Seas (1950) with Tommy Farrell and Lois Hall
Captive Girl (1950) with Johnny Weissmuller
Caged Fury (1948) with Richard Denning, Mary Beth Hughes, and Sheila Ryan
The Sea Hound (1947) with Pamela Blake
Last of the Redmen (1947) with Jon Hall and Evelyn Ankers
Outlaw of the Plains (1946) with Al 'Fuzzy' St. John and Bud Osborne
Swamp Fire (1946) with Johnny Weissmuller and Virginia Grey
Overland Riders (1946) with Al 'Fuzzy' St. John, Slim Whitaker, and Bud Osborne
Prairie Badmen (1946) with Al 'Fuzzy' St. John
Ghost of Hidden Valley (1946) with Al 'Fuzzy' St. John
Terrors on Horseback (1946) with Al 'Fuzzy' St. John and Kermit Maynard
Gentlemen with Guns (1946) with Al 'Fuzzy' St. John
Prairie Rustlers (1945) with Al 'Fuzzy' St. John, Bud Osborne, and Kermit Maynard
Fighting Bill Carson (1945) with Al 'Fuzzy' St. John, Bud Osborne, and Kermit Maynard
Border Badmen (1945) with Al 'Fuzzy' St. John and Arch Hall Sr.
Rustlers' Hideout (1945) with Al 'Fuzzy' St. John
Stagecoach Outlaws (1945) with Al 'Fuzzy' St. John and Kermit Maynard
The Gangster's Den (1945) with Al 'Fuzzy' St. John and Kermit Maynard
Shadows of Death (1945) with Al 'Fuzzy' St. John
His Brother's Ghost (1945) with Al 'Fuzzy' St. John, Arch Hall Sr., and Bud Osborne
Lightning Raiders (1945) with Al 'Fuzzy' St. John
Thundering Gun Slingers (1944) with Al 'Fuzzy' St. John, Jack Ingram, and Kermit Maynard
Oath of Vengeance (1944) with Al 'Fuzzy' St. John, Jack Ingram, and Kermit Maynard
Wild Horse Phantom (1944) with Al 'Fuzzy' St. John, Kermit Maynard, and Budd Buster
Fuzzy Settles Down (1944) with Al 'Fuzzy' St. John and Charles King
The Drifter (1944) with Al 'Fuzzy' St. John, Jack Ingram, and Kermit Maynard
The Contender (1944) with Arline Judge and Glenn Strange
Valley of Vengeance (1944) with Glenn Strange
Frontier Outlaws (1944) with Al 'Fuzzy' St. John, Jack Ingram, and Kermit Maynard
Nabonga (1944) with Julie London, Fifi D'Orsay, and Ray 'Crash' Corrigan
Devil Riders (1943) with Al 'Fuzzy' St. John and Kermit Maynard
Blazing Frontier (1943) with Al 'Fuzzy' St. John and Kermit Maynard
The Renegade (1943) with Al 'Fuzzy' St. John
Cattle Stampede (1943) with Al 'Fuzzy' St. John
Western Cyclone (1943) with Al 'Fuzzy' St. John, Jack Ingram, Glenn Strange, and Kermit Maynard
Fugitive of the Plains (1943) with Al 'Fuzzy' St. John, Jack Ingram, and Kermit Maynard
The Kid Rides Again (1943) with Al "Fuzzy' St. John, Iris Meredith, and Glenn Strange
Queen of Broadway (1942) with Rochelle Hudson
The Mysterious Rider (1942) with Al 'Fuzzy' St. John and Kermit Maynard
Wildcat (1942) with Richard Arlen, Arline Judge, William Frawley, and Elisha Cook Jr.
Sheriff of Sage Valley (1942) with Dave O'Brien
Law and Order (1942) with Wanda McKay, Al St. John, Dave O'Brien, and Kenne Duncan
Jungle Siren (1942)
Billy the Kid's Smoking Guns (1942) with Dave O'Brien
Billy the Kid Trapped (1942) with Glenn Strange
Billy the Kid's Roundup (1941) with Glenn Strange
Billy the Kid Wanted (1941) with Dave O'Brien and Glenn Strange
Jungle Man (1941) with Charles Middleton
Sailor's Lady (1940) with Nancy Kelly, Jon Hall, Joan Davis, and Dana Andrews
Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940) with Carol Hughes, Charles Middleton, and Anne Gwynne
Buck Rogers (1939) with Constance Moore
Call a Messenger (1939) with Billy Halop, Huntz Hall, Robert Armstrong, Mary Carlisle, Anne Nagel, and Victor Jory
Colorado Sunset (1939) with Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, Barbara Pepper, and Elmo Lincoln
Million Dollar Legs (1939) with Betty Grable, Jackie Coogan, Donald O'Connor, and Richard Denning
Unmarried (1939) with Helen Twelvetrees, Buck Jones, Donald O'Connor, Virginia Vale, and Robert Armstrong
Tip-Off Girls (1938) with Mary Carlisle, Lloyd Nolan, J. Carrol Naish, Evelyn Brent, and Anthony Quinn
Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars (1938) with Jean Rogers, Charles Middleton, Kenne Duncan, and Kane Richmond
Hunted Men (1938) with Mary Carlisle, Lloyd Nolan, J. Carrol Naish, and Anthony Quinn
Illegal Traffic (1938) with J. Carrol Naish, Mary Carlisle, Robert Preston, and Richard Denning
Red Barry (1938)
Forlorn River (1937)
Murder Goes to College (1937) with Roscoe Karns
Daughter of Shanghai (1937) with Anna May Wong, Charles Bickford, J. Carrol Naish, Evelyn Brent, and Anthony Quinn
King of Gamblers (1937) with Claire Trevor, Lloyd Nolan, and Akim Tamiroff
Sophie Lang Goes West (1937) with Robert Cummings
Thrill of a Lifetime (1937) with Judy Canova, Ben Blue, Johnny Downs, Betty Grable, and Leif Erickson
Arizona Mahoney (1936) with Robert Cummings
Desert Gold (1936) with Tom Keene, Marsha Hunt, Monte Blue, Robert Cummings, and Leif Erickson
Drift Fence (1936) with Katherine DeMille, Tom Keene, and Leif Erickson
The Arizona Raiders (1936)
Flash Gordon (1936) with Jean Rogers, Charles Middleton, and James Pierce
Lady Be Careful (1936) with Lew Ayres and Mary Carlisle
Rose Bowl (1936) with William Frawley and Ellen Drew
Nevada (1935) with Leif Erickson
Wanderer of the Wasteland (1935) with Dean Jagger, Gail Patrick, Monte Blue, Anna Q. Nilsson, Leif Erickson, and Fuzzy Knight
Hold 'Em Yale (1935) with Patricia Ellis, Cesar Romero, William Frawley, and Andy Devine
She Had To Choose (1934) with Isabel Jewell, Sally Blane, and Regis Toomey
We're Rich Again (1934) with Edna May Oliver, Billie Burke, Marian Nixon, and Reginald Denny
Badge of Honor (1934)
Search for Beauty (1934)
You're Telling Me! (1934) with W.C. Fields
Sweetheart of Sigma Chi (1933) with Charles Starrett, Grady Sutton, and Leif Erickson
To the Last Man (1933) with Randolph Scott and Shirley Temple
Man of the Forest (1933) with Randolph Scott
Tarzan the Fearless (1933) with Carlotta Monti
The Thundering Herd (1933) with Randolph Scott
Island of Lost Souls (1933) with Bela Lugosi
King of the Jungle (1933)
Hollywood on Parade (1932)

TELEVISION SERIES
Captain Gallant of the Foreign Legion, 1955-1957 syndicated TV series with Crabbe in the title role. Costarring were Fuzzy Knight and Crabbe's son Cullen Crabbe

TELEVISION GUEST APPEARANCES
B.J. and the Bear, episode S.T.U.N.T., originally aired March 31, 1981
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, episode Planet of the Slave Girls, originally aired September 27, 1979
The Red Skelton Show, episode Freddie in Las Vegas, originally aired January 19, 1960
The Further Adventures of Ellery Queen, episode This Murder Comes to You Live, originally aired June 5, 1959
The Red Skelton Show, episode Desert Island, originally aired May 15, 1956
Star Tonight, episode Night, Be Quiet, originally aired November 3, 1955
Kraft Television Theatre, episode Million Dollar Rookie, originally aired May 25, 1955
Star Tonight, episode The Murderer, originally aired March 17, 1955
Kraft Television Theatre, episode The Cornered Man, originally aired January 27, 1955
The Gulf Playhouse, episode Prophet in His Land, originally aired September 4, 1953
The Philco Television Playhouse, episode A Cowboy for Chris, originally aired May 18, 1952

links

Flash Gordon
Wow! Everything you ever wanted to know about Flash Gordon is readily available at the Flash Gordon site! Very slick, with great graphics and photos of Buster Crabbe and many others.

buster crabbe film now showing

Watch Buster Crabbe's 1942 Paramount drama Wildcat

Back to Brian's Drive-In Theater
Click on the logo to go back to Brian's Drive-In Theater
This page premiered November 22, 1999.
Copyright and Disclaimer Information