King of the Arena

King of the Arena is a 1933 American Western film written and directed by Alan James. The film stars Ken Maynard, Lucile Browne, John St. Polis, Bob Kortman, Michael Visaroff and James A. Marcus. The film was released on June 1, 1933, by Universal Pictures.[1][2][3]

King of the Arena
Directed byAlan James
Produced byKen Maynard
Screenplay byAlan James
Story byHal Berger
Ray Bouk
StarringKen Maynard
Lucile Browne
John St. Polis
Bob Kortman
Michael Visaroff
James A. Marcus
Music byJames Dietrich
CinematographyTed D. McCord
Edited byCharles Harris
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • June 1, 1933 (1933-06-01)
Running time
59 minutes
CountryUnited States


A former circus performer, Ken Kenton becomes personally involved when a mysterious criminal organization called Black Death appears to be targeting a circus troupe.

Ken is reunited with the circus owner's daughter, Mary Hiller, and crosses the path of Bargoff, a bronco rider who resents Ken and tries to get him killed in a knife-throwing act. After a Russian baron named Petroff assists him when Bargoff robs the circus and kidnaps Mary, it turns out Petroff is the ringleader of the Black Death. A confrontation leaves Ken and Mary safe to proceed with their lives.



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