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Law of the Ranger (1937)

Approved | | Western | 11 May 1937 (USA)
Working undercover, Rangers Bob and Wally arrive to take up ranching. Out to stop them is Bill Nash and his men. When Bob plans to file on a ranch, Nash finds out and heads for the Registrar ahead of him.

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(screenplay), (story) (as Jesse A. Duffy) | 1 more credit »
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Bob Allen (as Bob Allen)
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Bill Nash
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Wally Hood
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Mr. Polk
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Henchman Pete
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Henchman Steve (as Charles Whittaker)
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Zeke (as Ernest Adams)
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Cal Williams
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Gateway Valley is of inestimable value to Bill Nash, owner of the local water company and big boss of the town. The valley is land-locked with the exception of a bottle-neck pass, making it idea for the construction of a reservoir by Nash to gain control of all water-rights in the surrounding country. In order to intimidate the settlers, Nash and his gang have secretly carried on a reign of terror ending with the murder of Baldwin, who claimed the bottle-neck property. Crusading newspaper editor Polk and his daughter, Evelyn, have done their best to stir up indignation against Nash, but they are helpless. Nash is in the newspaper office threatening Polk when Bob Allen and his partner, Wally Hood, enter and announce they are strangers looking for a homestead. Polk tells them about the Baldwin property and Nash advises them to keep away. Later, Nash does an about face by urging Allen to stake a claim but doesn't tell him that the claim registrar is out of town for two weeks. Evelyn sets... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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claim | partner | gang | valley | water | See All (37) »

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"I Always Get Whatever I Go After!" See more »

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Western

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Approved | See all certifications »
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11 May 1937 (USA)  »

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O Terror da Vila  »

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(R.C.A. Victor System)

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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 »

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Two-gun ranger Bob Allen whips out both pistols and level them on Bill Nash and his owlhoots. After a quick cutaway, Bob draws his right gun from its holster again. See more »

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The Unknown-State Rangers ride again.

Gateway Valley is of inestimable value to Bill Nash (John Merton), owner of the local water company and big boss of the town. The valley is land-locked with the exception of a bottle-neck pass, making it idea for the construction of a reservoir by Nash to gain control of all water-rights in the surrounding country. In order to intimidate the settlers, Nash and his gang have secretly carried on a reign of terror ending with the murder of Baldwin, who claimed the bottle-neck property. Crusading newspaper editor Polk (Lafe McKee) and his daughter, Evelyn (Elaine Shepard), have done their best to stir up indignation against Nash, but they are helpless. Nash is in the newspaper office threatening Polk when Bob Allen (Bob Allen) and his partner, Wally Hood (Hal Taliaferro), enter and announce they are strangers looking for a homestead. Polk tells them about the Baldwin property and Nash advises them to keep away. Later, Nash does an about face by urging Allen to stake a claim but doesn't tell him that the claim registrar (Frank Ball) is out of town for two weeks.

Evelyn sets out to obtain aid from the State Rangers---no state mentioned as usual in this series which some sources mislabel as Bob Allen's "Texas Rangers" series---and she is saved from Nash's gang by Allen and Wally, who reveal to her that they are State Rangers working undercover. Evelyn discovers that Nash is going to a neighboring town to file a claim on the Baldwin property. Because a partner must be on the property at the time of filing, Nash sends Henchman Steve (Slim Whitaker) and the rest of the gang to occupy the Baldwin place. Evelyn tips off Allen, he leaves Wally on site as the partner, and chases after Nash to beat him on the claim filing. Steve and his henchmen drive Wally off, and Allen and Nash arrive at the registrar's office at the same time. Now the deal is that the first one back gets the claim, but a partner still has to be on the place. Since Wally isn't there, this doesn't bode well for Allen's bid, but maybe he registered it under another name and maybe Evelyn has been hiding in the right place.


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