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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 ...
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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