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Oliver Drake (screen play)
Bennett Cohen (story)
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Release Date:
16 September 1938 (USA) See more »
Texas Ranger Jack Steele is assigned to bring in former ranch owner Judith Alvarez, now the leader of... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A decent B-western See more (8 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

George O'Brien ... Captain Jack Steele

Rita Hayworth ... Judith Alvarez

Tim Holt ... Larry Corwin

Ray Whitley ... Happy
Lucio Villegas ... Don Juan Campielo

William Royle ... Ben Sanderson

Cecilia Callejo ... Toñia Campielo

Neal Hart ... Sheriff Joe Rawlings

Monte Montague ... Henchman Monte

Bob Kortman ... Henchman Idaho (as Robert Kortman)

Charles Stevens ... Manuel

Jim Mason ... Hank (as James Mason)

Tom London ... Henchman Red
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Hank Bell ... Barfly (uncredited)
Ken Card ... Banjo PLayer (uncredited)
Art Dillard ... Fighter in Saloon (uncredited)
Al Haskell ... Man at Fiesta (uncredited)

Ray Jones ... Man at Fiesta (uncredited)
Chris-Pin Martin ... Felipe (uncredited)

Frank O'Connor ... Bartender (uncredited)

Jack O'Shea ... Henchman (uncredited)
The Phelps Brothers ... Musicians (uncredited)
Earl Phelps ... Musician (uncredited)
Norman Phelps ... Musician (uncredited)

Tex Phelps ... Barfly (uncredited)
Willie Phelps ... Musician (uncredited)

Tom Steele ... Fighter in Saloon (uncredited)

Frank M. Thomas ... Carson (uncredited)
Guy Usher ... Major Jameson (uncredited)

Directed by
David Howard 
Writing credits
Oliver Drake (screen play)

Bennett Cohen (story)

Produced by
Bert Gilroy .... producer
Cinematography by
Harry J. Wild (photographed by) (as Harry Wild)
Film Editing by
Frederic Knudtson (edited by)
Art Direction by
Van Nest Polglase 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sam Ruman .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Lucius O. Croxton .... associate art director (as Lucius Croxton)
Sound Department
Hugh McDowell Jr. .... sound recordist
Art Dillard .... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Steele .... stunts (uncredited)
Music Department
Roy Webb .... musical director
Roy Webb .... composer: incidental music (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
59 min (copyright length) (Turner library print)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor System)
Finland:K-16 | USA:Approved (PCA #4521) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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From "Daily Variety": "Rita Hayworth playing opposite (George) O'Brien. Turns in one of the finest femme sagebrush performances seen in a long while. Ideally cast, she displays both acting and riding skill."See more »
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
A decent B-western, 18 August 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

While the plot idea of having an evil rich boss trying to control everything out west is one of the most common themes in westerns, "The Renegade Ranger" manages to take a worn cliché of a plot and make it mildly interesting. Mind you, this is a B-movie and to really appreciate it, you should remember that it has a very modest budget and modest cast--and they did pretty well with these constraints.

The film stars a big western star of the day, the all but forgotten George O'Brien as well as an up and coming star, Tim Holt. It also offers a very rare chance to see a very young Rita Hayworth before she was reinvented by Columbia Pictures boss Harry Cohn. What I mean by this is that Cohn envisioned her as a big star and had her makeup, hair and even hairline altered to create a much more glamorous image. Here in "The Renegade Ranger", although she's pretty, she isn't yet the stunner she'd soon become.

As far as the plot goes, the only way this really differs from the 101231092312 other westerns with evil boss-men is that the leader of the opposition is a lady (Hayworth) and an ex-Ranger (Holt) is working both sides of the fence during the picture! So why, if it's so familiar do I recommend it? Well, the acting. The three leads were a good bit better than usual for such a film and they managed to carry it off--making the acting seem more natural than usual. Worth your time.

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