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Mystery Ranch (1932)

An undercover ranger investigates a deranged rancher who acts as a law unto himself, finding a girl held as a prisoner until she agrees to marry the madman.

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Bob Sanborn
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Jane Emory
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Henry Steele
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Artie Brower
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Mudo - Henchman
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Buck Johnson
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Appetite Mae
Russ Powell ...
Sheriff Bill Burnham
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To maintain his vast ranch holdings, Henry Steele holds Jane, the daughter of his deceased business partner, against her will. Stalwart ranger Bob Sanborn rescues Jane in a riding incident and is invited to stay over at the ranch by the malevolent Steele, who catches on immediately to the fact that Sanborn has been asked by Jane to help her escape. Steele escorts Bob off the ranch just after giving the order to his vicious ranch hands, Mudo and Tonto, not to let him leave alive. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Mystery | Western

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1 July 1932 (USA)  »

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Death Valley  »

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(Western Electric System)

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1.37 : 1
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5 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Mystery Ranch may well have the best teaming of bad guy and henchman ever. It is hard to find such unrepentant evil with such joy in accomplishment than Charles Middleton and Noble Johnson. The James Bond films had such pairings but they were done tongue in cheek. Here the evil is deadly serious but not outrageous in the tie-her-to-the-railroad-tracks vein. The fact that the heroine is taking matters into her own hands helps a lot. The cinematography shows major studio quality. All of this raises the film well above standard B westerns.

Don't get me wrong: Mystery Ranch is no magnum opus. But put in perspective with B westerns it's head and shoulders above the pack. I give it an 8 because of Middleton and Johnson.


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