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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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Jerry Lane
Jeanne Moore
Sammy Cohen ...
Eddie Parsons
Perdita the Housekeeper (as Saladad Jeminez)
Henchman Mark Graden
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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1.37 : 1
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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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Something I never thought I say, a good Victory production
8 June 2004 | by (Flushing, NY) – See all my reviews

Jerry Lane sells his ranch and decides to buy a new spread in a more peaceful area. As soon as he hits a new town, he buys in an auction a ranch said to be haunted by the ghost of the previous owner. This claim is started by Brandon, who plans to drive off any settlers so he can freely search the house for a map to the treasure the miserly owner hid. When Lane starts to feel intimidated, he, the old owner's daughter Jeanne, and the former butler Eddie, decide to stick it out, trying to locate the treasure and battle Brandon and his henchmen, while at the same time trying to avoid the prying eyes of Perdita, the homely housekeeper sent by Brandon, and a murder charge against Lane. The film coming from Victory obviously had crummy production values at best, but Tom Tyler was a great choice for the role (unlike Tim McCoy in the loose remake, Straight Shooter) and was able to carry the film quite well. Beth Marion was easy on the eyes as Jeanne (total opposite of Soledad Jiminez as Perdita) and nice characterizations from regular B actors Forrest Taylor, Charlie King, and Richard Cramer (in a good guy role as the sheriff). Sammy Cohen is okay as the butler, but his accent keeps on dropping. Good pacing by director Hill, who also doubles as the auctioneer at the film's beginning. Enjoyable oater. Rating, based on B-westerns, 7.

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