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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 ...
Dawson
Wheeler Oakman ...
Kincaid
James P. Burtis ...
Henry Brownlee (as Jimmy Burtis)
Lloyd Ingraham ...
Professor Brent
Dick Curtis ...
Henchman Charlie
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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 <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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When the first aeroplane is targetted and its engine falters, for several minutes it continues to do very impressive aerobatics including loops and rolls for which it would need full power. See more »

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Version of Sky Bandits (1940) See more »

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My Heart Is Waiting
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Music by Clifford Gates
Sam Fox Publ Co.
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Okay, Tim McCoy COULD make a bad film!
21 January 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I've seen quite a few B-series westerns in recent months--and several starring Tim McCoy. Well, up until this film I liked the McCoy films and assumed his films were all pretty good. Not so fast, however,...after seeing "Ghost Patrol" I realized he COULD make a bad film...a very bad film.

In his book "The 50 Worst Movies of All Time and How They Got to Be That Way", Harry Medved picks an obscure Gene Autry film as the worst B-series western. Well, I saw this film ("Twilight on the Rio Grande") and thing "Ghost Patrol" is a lot worse--and for many of the same reasons why Medved disliked the Autry film. Both were the oddest sort of westerns--ones set in modern times and featuring modern problems. In "Ghost Patrol", the cowboy McCoy investigates a ray gun that is able to knock down airplanes!! And, naturally, the government sends in a single dandy cowboy (in his prettiest cowboy clothes)---not an army of Secret Service men or soldiers!!! Who thought any of this made sense?! While there is more to the story than this, seeing airplanes, telephones, cars and death rays just make the story seem like a jumbled mess.

I think if the film had been rewritten without all the cowboy references and having McCoy wearing normal clothes when he investigated the plane crashes, the film might have been worth seeing. Or, conversely, if they'd just made a western, it might have been a decent film. But this amalgam was just a silly mess....and might just make your brain hurt! Bad acting and a limp plot didn't help any!


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