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The Unknown Ranger (1936)

Passed  |   |  Music, Western  |  15 September 1936 (USA)
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Bob Allen in his starring debut gets a job on Wright's ranch where he hopes to find the rustlers no one else has been able to locate. Everyone is looking for men when the actual rustler is ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Robert Allen ...
Bob (as Bob Allen)
Martha Tibbetts ...
Harry Woods ...
Hal Taliaferro ...
Chuckler (as Hal Talioferro)
Buzzy (as 'Buzzy' Henry)


Bob Allen in his starring debut gets a job on Wright's ranch where he hopes to find the rustlers no one else has been able to locate. Everyone is looking for men when the actual rustler is a horse. Written by Maurice VanAuken <>

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MEET YOUR NEW THRILL FAVORITE! Blazin' Bob Allen...shootin' son of the saddle...ridin' range on the death trail(original print ad) See more »


Music | Western


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Release Date:

15 September 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Agente Desconhecido  »

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(R.C.A. Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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One of over a hundred Columbia features, mostly Westerns, sold to Hygo Television Films in the 1950s, who marketed them under the name of Gail Pictures; opening credits were redesigned, with some titles misspelled, the credit order of the players rearranged, some names misspelled, and new end titles attached, thus eliminating any evidence of their Columbia roots. Apparently, the original material was not retained in most of the cases, and the films have survived, even in the Sony library, only with these haphazardly created replacement opening and end credits. See more »


I Lost My Heart on the Lone Prairie
Music by Lee Zahler
Lyrics by David Ormont
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Texas Ranger Undercover
11 January 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The Unknown Ranger was Harry Cohn's attempt to launch a B western star like Hoppy, Gene, or Roy. I don't have to give last names, you all know who I'm talking about. After a career in B films, Bob Allen, cowboy from Long Island made a half a dozen or so westerns as Ranger Bob Allen. As this was his first film, he could go undercover and not have his cover revealed until well into the plot.

Of course dressed as he is you know right away he's the hero. And having Harry Woods in the film guarantees you know on sight who the villain is. The idea Woods was in serious competition for crinoline heroine Martha Tibbett's hand, unthinkable.

In the first of these Ranger Bob films, Allen is sent undercover to find who's been stealing all kinds of stock, cattle, horses, I'm sure chickens if there's any around. Ranger Bob cleans up the mess, wins Tibbetts, jails Woods, and even picks up a sidekick in Hal Taliaferro.

The only question I have is an audience poll. Who do you think looks better in the cowboy suit, Allen or the little kid in the film?

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