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Knights of the Range (1940)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 23 February 1940 (USA)
Outlaw Frayne is a member of Gamecock's rustlers. When he saves Holly Ripple and Cappy from Heaver's gun, she gives him a job offer and a chance to go straight. Now bringing back Ripple's ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Malcolm Lascalles
Holly Ripple
Britt Wood ...
Laigs - Cowhand
Ethel Wales ...
Aunt Myra Ripple
Rad Robinson ...
Brazos - Cowhand
Henchman Heaver (as Raphael Bennett)
The King's Men ...
Singing Cowhands


Outlaw Frayne is a member of Gamecock's rustlers. When he saves Holly Ripple and Cappy from Heaver's gun, she gives him a job offer and a chance to go straight. Now bringing back Ripple's money from the cattle drive, he is tested when his old gang attacks. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Romance | Western


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Release Date:

23 February 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bad Men of Nevada  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Wide Range System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The 20 Zane Grey stories sold by Paramount to Favorite Films for theatrical re-release, and then to Unity Television Corporation for television broadcast are as follows: The Light of Western Stars/Winning the West (1930), Fighting Caravans/Blazing Arrows (1931), Heritage of the Desert/When the West Was Young (1932), The Mysterious Rider/The Fighting Phantom (1933), The Thundering Herd/Buffalo Stampede (1933), Man of the Forest/Challenge of the Frontier (1933), To the Last Man/Law of Vengeance (1933), Wagon Wheels/Caravans West (1934), Rocky Mountain Mystery/The Fighting Westerner (1935), Drift Fence/Texas Desperadoes (1936), Desert Gold/Desert Storm (1936), The Arizona Raiders/Bad Men of Arizona (1936), Arizona Mahoney/Arizona Thunderbolt (1936), Forlorn River/River of Destiny (1937), Thunder Trail/Thunder Pass (1937), Born to the West/Hell Town (1937), The Mysterious Rider/Mark of the Avenger (1938), Heritage of the Desert/Heritage of the Plains (1939), Knights of the Range/Bad Men of Nevada (1940), and The Light of Western Stars/Border Renegade (1940). See more »


Renn Frayne: A reputation like yours carries an odor all the way back to Texas. The only thing you lack is black fur and white stripes.
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Morning on the Trail
Written by Foster Carling and Phil Ohman
Performed by The King's Men
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1940s western filmed on location
20 June 2011 | by (southwest US) – See all my reviews

Saw this at the Movie History Museum in Lone Pine California in 2011; Lone Pine was, and still is, a major filming location for westerns and commercials, due to its varied landscape in different parts of the Owens Valley, lake­-bed, joshua trees, and giant granite boulders. Zane Grey had written many books, and about half of them were turned into films. This one from 1940 has great sound quality, but less-than-great picture quality. At just over an hour, they squeeze a lot of action and story in this "oater" or "oat burner" (so named, since much of the action is one group chasing another group on horseback.) Due to a low budget and being filmed outdoors on location, the picture quality and the script suffer. A story of a girl in the wild west, Holly (played by Jean Parker) inherits a ranch, but the cattle are being rustled off her property. She crosses paths with Renn (Russell Hayden), who may not be who he seems to be. She needs the help of someone to save the cattle, and she thinks she has found her man.

Also appearing are the Kings Men, a group of singing cowhands, who keep breaking into song; they sang in films for about 20 years, from 1929 - 1949. Directed by Lesley Selander, expert director of westerns... this one one of the SEVEN he made in 1940 alone. Some pretty big names in this one; Parker was "Beth" in Little Women, and Hayden would go on to be the sidekick in Hopalong Cassidy. Also keep an eye out for J. Farrell MacDonald, who was in a TON of westerns - he plays Cappy, the ranch foreman in this one. Looks like this didn't make it to DVD, but maybe Turner Classics will show it. It has all the elements of a classic western, but watch it for the interesting California scenery.

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