Cattlemen's Protective Association agent Tom Wade and his partner Happy are assigned to look into the disappearance of rancher John Carroll, who has been abducted by Carson, who wants to ...
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Cattlemen's Protective Association agent Tom Wade and his partner Happy are assigned to look into the disappearance of rancher John Carroll, who has been abducted by Carson, who wants to use his out-of-the-way ranch as a base for his smuggling operations. Complications arise as Carrol's daughter, Rita, looking for him, has an unfriendly run-in with Wade, then later is herself kidnapped by Carson. Written by
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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 was Saturday 1 January 1949 on WATV, New York City. See more »
This independent B western is mistitled Lost Ranch. It's not that the ranch is lost, but the ranch owner's been kidnapped and nowhere to be found.
The ranch is in an inaccessible place which is why a gang of crooks headed by Forrest Taylor want it so bad. When owner Lafe McKee checks up on them, Taylor kidnaps McKee and then awaits the arrival of his daughter. The only reason he doesn't kill Taylor is he doesn't know how much he might have told daughter Jeanne Martel who is coming to this area to visit Dad and investigate. Fortunately she runs into law officer Tom Tyler and sidekick Howard Bryant.
Their are elements of this plot that are similar to the John Huston/ Humphrey Bogart classic Across The Pacific. Who knows where Huston might have gotten the idea for his film. Martel's problem is that she doesn't know who to trust and she almost makes a bad mistake. Of course with Tyler's white hat and two guns, the kids who made up the Saturday matinée audience knew exactly who was who.
Being an independent for something called Victory Productions, Lost Ranch doesn't even have the production values of Monogram Studios let alone Republic, let alone a major studio. Still the audience got its money's worth as Lost Ranch moves at a fast clip and good comic relief is provided by Bryant and Martel's sidekick Marjorie Beebe.
Yes, in B westerns occasionally the leading lady has a sidekick.
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