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Ghost Patrol
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Ghost Patrol -- 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...
Ghost Patrol -- A group of criminals use a scientist's mysterious death ray machine to blow airplanes out of the sky. Tim steps in to try and stop their incredible scheme. A very interesting and well-done combination of western and science fiction elements. 16mm.

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Director:
Writer:
Wyndham Gittens (screenplay)
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Release Date:
3 August 1936 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Okay, Tim McCoy COULD make a bad film! See more (8 total) »

Cast

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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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
May Beatty ... Landlady (uncredited)
C.V. Bussey ... Bill (uncredited)
Jack Casey ... Henchman Mac (uncredited)
Jack Cheatham ... Justice Agent (uncredited)
Art Dillard ... Henchman Shorty (uncredited)
John Webb Dillon ... Detective on Plane (uncredited)
Frank Ellis ... Henchman (uncredited)
Sam Lufkin ... Justice Agent (uncredited)
Bruce Mitchell ... Justice Chief Anderson (uncredited)
Artie Ortego ... Henchman Ramon (uncredited)
Ted Stanhope ... Radio Operator (uncredited)

Slim Whitaker ... Henchman Frank (uncredited)
Blackie Whiteford ... Tim Toomey, Gunman in Los Angeles (uncredited)

Directed by
Sam Newfield 
 
Writing credits
Wyndham Gittens (screenplay)

Produced by
Sigmund Neufeld .... producer (as Sig Neufeld)
Leslie Simmonds .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Jack Greenhalgh (photography)
 
Film Editing by
John English  (as Jack English)
 
Production Management
Bert Sternbach .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William A. O'Connor .... assistant director (as Bill O'Connor)
 
Sound Department
Hans Weeren .... sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Ken Strickfaden .... special electronics effects (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Lee Zahler .... musical director (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Joseph O'Donnell .... story editor (as Jos. O'Donnell)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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60 min
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Certification:
USA:Approved (PCA #2287)

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Continuity: 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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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Okay, Tim McCoy COULD make a bad film!, 21 January 2011
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

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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