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Range Riders (1934)

An elderly rancher writes to his son to come home and help him fight against a bandit gang that is trying to take over the ranch.





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Cast overview:
Barbara Starr ...
Elsie Waldon
Bull Crawford
Merrill McCormick ...
Pedro - Dick's Sidelick (as William McCormick)
Dad Sutton (as Horace Carpenter)
Dad Waldon / Sheriff
Pete - Henchman
Clyde McClary ...


An outlaw gang is terrorizing the town and local ranchers, so old John Sutton sends a letter to his college-attending son, Dick, to come home and take care of the varmits. Gang leader "Bull" Crawford and his motley crew of henchmen make plans to meet Dick when he arrives. The man they meet is a sappy-looking young man who arrives loaded down with tennis racquets, golf clubs, butterfly nets and other paraphernalia the outlaws associate with saps, boobs and broke-back tap dancers. They figure they have nothing to fear from old "Dad" Sutton's pride and joy. Rancher's daughter Elsie Waldron doesn't think so, either. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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You'll get the thrill that comes once in a lifetime as "RANGE RIDERS" moves with express-train speed to the greatest climax ever filmed! (original ad) See more »


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Release Date:

2 July 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Terror do Texas  »

Box Office


$2,500 (estimated)

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Third-billed Lew Meehan plays Bull Crawford only after another unidentified actor has played the same role for the first 13 minutes; Fred Parker plays Tom (Dad) Waldon in some scenes, and also, with a big mustache, the sheriff in other scenes. See more »


[Pedro outfits Dick to look like a Mexican]
Pedro - Dick's Sidelick: Mexican hat - make you look very tough.
Dick Sutton: Oh, swell!
Pedro - Dick's Sidelick: Here's gun. Make you bad man, eh?
Dick Sutton: Oh, that's fine!
Pedro - Dick's Sidelick: Lookee here.
[Pedro hands Dick some Mexican-styled clothing]
Dick Sutton: How do you say, "Senior"?
Pedro - Dick's Sidelick: No! No senior. *Senor*!
Dick Sutton: Oh, *senor*.
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From stuntman to stuntman
24 May 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Right up until the Sixties westerns were a popular genre. As tastes changed and they became more expensive to make if you wanted to make a good one, they were as numerous as sands on a beach. In fact many a fly by night outfit like Superior Pictures flooded the market in what would become the Red States. Plentiful they were, not necessarily that good.

Buddy Roosevelt who was most assuredly not a Hyde Park or an Oyster Bay Roosevelt was a minor western star in silent films and got even more minor when talkies arrived. He did this film Range Riders for peanuts and at that he was overpaid.

The plot has to do with Roosevelt being sent for by his father to stop the depravity of a gang terrorizing the area. But it's so jumbled and incoherent you'll be lucky if you can sit through the film. The acting is on a grade school level, the players will be folks you've mostly never heard of.

Roosevelt later on was a most minor member of John Ford's stock company. Ford gave him bit parts because I assume Roosevelt fell on hard times. He came from the ranks of stuntmen and to stuntmen he returned for the most part.

Range Riders is as bad as a western can get.

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