Down 32,551 this week

Death Rides the Range (1939)

Passed  |   |  Action, Adventure, Crime  |  14 December 1939 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.4/10 from 51 users  
Reviews: 5 user

This film finds Ken Baxter and his two pals, Pancho and Panhandle, finding Professor Wahl, injured and wandering on the range. They take him to Blue Mesa Trading Post, where two ... See full summary »



(original story & screenplay) (as Bill Lively)
0Check in

IMDb Picks: June

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in June, brought to you by Swiffer.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 2071 titles
created 10 Aug 2011
list image
a list of 50 titles
created 12 Jan 2012
a list of 243 titles
created 17 Apr 2012
a list of 10000 titles
created 01 Jun 2014
list image
a list of 199 titles
created 1 month ago

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Death Rides the Range (1939)

Death Rides the Range (1939) on IMDb 6.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Death Rides the Range.


Complete credited cast:
Fay McKenzie ...
Letty Morgan
Ralph Peters ...
Julian Rivero ...
Charles King ...
Joe Larkin
John Elliott ...
Hiram Crabtree
Willy Castello ...
Dr. Flotow (as William Castello)
Sven Hugo Borg ...
Baron Starkoff
Michael Vallon ...
Dr. Wahl
Julian Madison ...
Jim Morgan
Kenneth Rhodes ...
Tarzan ...


This film finds Ken Baxter and his two pals, Pancho and Panhandle, finding Professor Wahl, injured and wandering on the range. They take him to Blue Mesa Trading Post, where two archaeologists, Dr. Floto and Baron Starkoff, foreign government representatives, are staying. Both want to secure control of a supply of helium gas found in an ancient Indian cave. Wahl, working for the Federal Government, is murder at the Blue Mesa. The land strip on which the cave is located is claimed by Letty and Jim Morgan, brother and sister owners of the Lazy Y Ranch. Tin Cup Ranch owner Joe Larkin hires Ken to take possession of a cabin on the Morgan land in order to gain title. Ken, an undercover G-Man, discovers a secret passageway from the cabin that leads to the cave and discovers the helium, and also that Larkin is working with Starkoff. Written by Les Adams <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

helium | cave | cabin | professor | murder | See All (51) »


Passed | See all certifications »




Release Date:

14 December 1939 (USA)  »

Box Office


$15,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Remake of Ghost Town Riders (1938) See more »


Get Along My Pal
Written by Colin MacDonald
Sung by Kenneth Rhodes
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Cantankerous Ken Rides Again!
27 March 2005 | by (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

"Death Rides the Range" is a routine Poverty Row quickie starring the aging Ken Maynard and his horse Tarzan. In an effort to prop up the story, Maynard is given two sidekicks, Panhandle (Ralph Peters) and Pancho (Julian Rivero) who provide some of the best moments in the film. It didn't hurt either to have veteran bad guy Charlie King cast as one of the villains.

The story has a thinly disguised WWII plot wherein unknown villains are trying to steal helium gas (for dirigibles) found in a secret cave on the Morgan Ranch. Along comes Ken Baxter (Maynard) and his two pals looking for work. They come across an injured archaeologist Dr. Wahl (Michael Vallon) and bring him to the ranch of cantankerous old Hiram Crabtree (John Elliott). There we meet Wahl's other two partners Baron Stakoff (Sven Hugo Borg) and Dr. Flotow (William Costello). Wahl mutters something about finding a lost cave but is murdered by an unknown assailant before he can reveal more.

Next we meet rancher Joe Larkin (King) who is engaged in a dispute over a strip of land upon which sits (you guessed it) the hidden cave is located. The other party in the dispute are the Morgans, Lettie (Fay McKenzie) and Jim (Julian Madison). Naturally Ken has an eye for the comely Lettie. It turns out that Larkin is in cahoots with the archaeologists. Soon Dr. Flotow is eliminated and Ken closes in on the bad guys.

Although the need for helium for dirigibles was a little dated by 1940 this film has an obvious ruthless "foreign" villain, a thinly disguised German, interesting for a "B" western since the U.S. had not yet entered WWII.

Ken Maynard had been a major star in the 1920's famous for his trick riding and daring subnetwork. Unfortunately he had a few too many personal demons and his career steadily declined during the 1930s. This film is from his final solo starring series. He would re-surface briefly over weight and as nasty as ever in the 40s in Monogram's "Trail Blazer" with Hoot Gibson and Bob Steele. After that he basically "retired" from the screen.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Death Rides the Range (1939) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: