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The Phantom of the Range (1936)

A man has died leaving a fortune somewhere on his ranch. Brandon and his cohorts think a map is hidden in a picture frame. But when they bid on the picture at the auction, newcomer Jerry ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Jerry Lane
Beth Marion ...
Jeanne Moore
Sammy Cohen ...
Eddie Parsons
Soledad Jiménez ...
Perdita the Housekeeper (as Saladad Jeminez)
Henchman Mark Graden
John Elliott ...
Richard Cramer ...
Sheriff (as Dick Cramer)


A man has died leaving a fortune somewhere on his ranch. Brandon and his cohorts think a map is hidden in a picture frame. But when they bid on the picture at the auction, newcomer Jerry Lane outbids them. He also buys the ranch so they place their housekeeper there to get the picture. And then to keep Jerry out of the way, they frame him for murder. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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28 November 1936 (USA)  »

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Das Phantom der Ranch  »

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This film is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-1946. Because of poor documentation (feature films were often not identified by title in conventional sources) no record has yet been found of its initial television broadcast. It's earliest documented telecast in New York City was Friday 31 December 1948 on WATV. See more »


Remade as Straight Shooter (1939) See more »

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Pleasant Western with engaging characters
3 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When old man Hiram Moore dies, two rumors float about: one is that as a miser he buried a lot of money somewhere on his ranch and secondly, that his ghost roams the ranch. A gang of crooks led by Brandon, believe Hiram left a map of the location of the treasure in a painting of Hiram. At the auction selling off Hiram's possessions and ranch, the crooks overbid on the portrait thus making Jerry Lane (Tyler) and Hiram's granddaughter Jeanne Moore (Beth Marion) suspicion. Jeanne soon runs out of money but Jerry has money from the sale of his ranch so buys both the painting and Hiram's ranch! Jerry is quite smitten with Jeanne even though they had only met briefly a few hours prior to the auction. With the ranch comes an English butler, Eddie Parsons, who seems to be a bit light-fingered early in the movie. Sammy Cohen as Eddie provides the comic relief and does a pretty good job of it but as the previous reviewer noted, he forgot his English accent in a couple of scenes. There is also lurking about a spooky housekeeper who was paid by Brandon to spy on Jerry. Things heat up when Jerry is unjustly (of course) accused of murder. This was a pleasant little Western but not as good, to me, as Rip Roarin' Buckeroo, which had the exact same lead players – and same beautiful scenery.

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