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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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Release Date:
3 August 1936 (USA) See more »
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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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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Additional Details

60 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
The Soundtrack May Drive You Bonkers..., 20 March 2006
Author: Joe Bridge ( from Australia

This is first and foremost a western. I wouldn't put any science-fiction label on it, even with the "special ray" (which actually looks more like part of an electric chair set-up and makes way too much noise for my tender ears) that causes the engines of planes to fail, which is the basis for the investigations, and which most of the plot revolves around. There are some amusing scenes, which aren't great, but good for a bit of entertainment.

In case you don't know what's going on when you are actually watching the movie, there will be plenty of shots and references to two newspaper clippings from start to finish! Try not to fall asleep when it cuts to the newspaper clippings each time. For slow readers, I guess. This never really works, as by the time I understand that I am supposed to actually read parts of the article, it is already too late to get more out of what I am seeing and the scene changes.

Tim (from the Department of Justice) taking over the character of the bad guy to fool the other bad guys isn't really very convincing and of course he has to have an annoying sidekick to generate what little amusement unfolds.

You've got to love that enormous white hat with matching scarf (Tim's outfit) which always seems to be in perfect placement regardless of what happens! Simply unbelievable! The "lesson on hitchhiking" is somewhat amusing at any rate, as are the scenes on the wagon about twenty minutes in.

I must comment on the extremely annoying amateurish soundtrack, especially the sound of when each plane's engine begins to fail, which sounds a lot more like someone playing with the button on a tape player as it is playing the sound of a plane engine in the distance! For quite awhile in the first scenes, I thought the movie itself (the sound) was actually very messed up, until I understood it was SUPPOSED to sound like that. You can even hear the clicks of the heads making contact with the recording (and other aspects of a recording not playing right) as you are watching it!

4/10. I would have given it 5/10 were it not for the highly annoying soundtrack. It was also saved by Tim's giant white hat and scarf, which gives the movie somewhat of a cartoon feel, along with Tim's penguin-like stance and manner and bizarre way of shooting (which looks more like he is playing darts). Enjoy it on a late night with cold pizza that was left over, or something.

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