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Phantom Ranger (1938)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Mystery | 27 May 1938 (USA)
A Treasury Department engraver is being held captive by a counterfeiting gang that wants him to make counterfeit plates for them. A lawman is sent to rescue him.



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Cast overview:
Suzanne Kaaren ...
Joan Doyle (as Suzanne Karen)
Karl Hackett ...
Pat Doyle
Henchman Bud
Chief McGregor
Henchman Jeff
Henchman Dan
Barton (as Dick Cramer)
Bruce Warren ...
Robert McKenzie ...
Saloon-Owner Charlie (as Bob McKenzie)
Telegraph Operator
Donald Dean ...


Sharpe has kidnaped an engraver and is flooding the country with counterfeit bills. The FBI spots a town in miniature on a bill and sends in Tim Hayes. Tim starts out by robbing Sharpe's men of the phony bills. Then he enters as a friend proposing to get rid of the money for Sharpe but instead planning to bring in his men to round them up. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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27 May 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Fantasma da Planície  »

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The earliest documented telecast of this film in New York City occurred Sunday 9 May 1948 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »


Edited into Six Gun Theater: Phantom Ranger (2016) See more »

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A pretty good hybrid western
5 January 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In my summary, I call "Phantom Ranger" a hybrid western. That's because like so many B-westerns of the era, it is set in the West...of the present day. This makes for a strange combination of the old and the new. So, while Tim McCoy rides about on his horse, in another scene you might see folks in a pickup truck! It's odd, but it's also entertaining.

film is about a rash of counterfeit $20 bills. It seems a gang in southern Arizona has kidnapped an engraver and is forcing him to make very high quality forgeries. So, the FBI sends Tim to investigate...given that he's a cowboy AND a G-man!! Like so many of McCoy's films, he poses as a bad guy in order to infiltrate the gang and by the end he's not only rounded up the gang but also gotten the girl (huge surprise here!).

While a relatively ordinary plot, I liked the film for a few reasons. First, I have a soft spot in my heart for Tim McCoy. He was no pretty-boy singing cowboy but in real life was a Colonel as well as traveling trick-shooter. And, he could act. So, while some of the folks around him have trouble remembering their lines or are a bit irritating (such as the dopey girl), he's smooth and likable. I also LOVED the incredibly violent ending--it was really cool. So, if you like old B-westerns, this one is worth your time and without so many of the usual clichés--singing, a dopey sidekick and the like.

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