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Ghost Patrol (1936)

 -  Crime | Romance | Sci-Fi  -  3 August 1936 (USA)
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A professor invents a radium tube that makes internal combustion engines stop running. He and his invention are captured by a gang of robbers. A federal agent is sent to rescue him.



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Complete credited cast:
Tim McCoy ...
Tim Caverly
Claudia Dell ...
Natalie Brent
Walter Miller ...
Wheeler Oakman ...
James P. Burtis ...
Henry Brownlee (as Jimmy Burtis)
Lloyd Ingraham ...
Professor Brent
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A Professor has an invention that will bring down planes causing them to crash and Dawson is forcing him to use it on those carrying money. When Tim arrives to investigate he is mistaken for a noted outlaw. So he assumes that identity to force Dawson to make him a partner. But just as a plane bringing Tim help is arriving, his true identity is revealed and while he is a prisoner, Dawson forces the Professor to start his machine. Written by Maurice VanAuken <>

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The aircraft shown to be taking the team of government agents to Tim's assistance is a single-engine monoplane. However, the aircraft shown to be landing minutes later is a tri-motor transport. See more »


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Music by Clifford Gates
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Brief western with scifi overtones is an okay way to spend an hour when you have nothing better to do
20 September 2005 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

Tim McCoy is a government agent looking into how various mail planes are being knocked out of the sky. Pretending to be an outlaw, he and his buddy end up battling crooks with a spectacular ray that shorts out engines.

This brief little western is an okay time killer. It would be better if it didn't have as many stretches of watching the planes falter in the air or guys riding horses. Its an odd mix of "now" and old west with radios, planes, and the typical western stuff so that it some who seems anachronistic. The acting is good, especially when it comes to Tim Mc Coy's hat which is so huge that it borders on parody (If most hats are ten gallon, this is 100). Actually the cast is pretty good since its packed with character actors from top to bottom.

If you run across I'd give it a shot on a slow night. If nothing else its a movie to pick apart for numerous continuity errors and weird shifts in logic.(for example- why do they keep flying over the same place when planes are always crashing there?)

And while you're at it see if you can make sense of the title when compared to the actual content of the film.

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