After the owner of the Circle T Ranch is murdered by a ghostly serial, killer, owner Madge THorp resists offers to buy the ranch and is helped defend her property by the Range Busters.



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Director: S. Roy Luby
Stars: Ray Corrigan, John 'Dusty' King, Max Terhune


Complete credited cast:
'Crash' Corrigan (as Ray 'Crash' Corrigan)
'Alibi' Terhune (as Max 'Alibi' Terhune)
Elmer ...
Uncle Rolf
Doc Stengle
Bruce King ...
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In the first of the Range Buster series, a mysterious phantom is murdering the hands at the Circle T Ranch and the owner sends for the Range Busters just before he too is killed. They quickly run into trouble with Torrance and his gang. Torance is after the Circle T but Crash doesn't think he is the phantom. Instead he suspects it may be blind Uncle Rolf. When the phantom strikes next, Crash is ready and his identity is soon revealed. Written by Maurice VanAuken <>

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Range Busters...blasting a lawless ranch refuge...!


Western | Mystery





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22 August 1940 (USA)  »

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Companheiros de Luta  »

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Because of copyright considerations in the switch from Republic's "Three Mesquiteers" series to Monogram's "Range Busters" films, a scene had to be written early on in the feature to explain why "Lullaby" Terhune had changed his nickname to "Alibi," See more »


When Alibi is climbing to get the bad guy, a poured concrete bridge is clearly visible, a practice that was not in use in the late 19th Century West. See more »


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intertitle: WE'LL BE SEEING YOU IN OUR NEXT PICTURE Crash, Dusty, and Alibi, The Range Busters.
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Followed by Black Market Rustlers (1943) See more »


Beneath the Mellow Moon
Written by Johnny Lange and Lew Porter
Sung by John 'Dusty' King
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Good western, likable characters, not too much humor/music
29 January 2000 | by (Long Island Motor Parkway) – See all my reviews

The first of the Range Busters movies. It starts off great, with a cowboy who's midway through singing a song being shot through an open window by "The Phantom." Unfortunately, there is one other song in the movie (sung by Dusty & strummed by Crash). A couple of other problems: 1) can anybody tell me why Alibi, a grown man, is carrying around a wooden dummy (Elmer) as he rides the range?, 2) can anybody tell me what happens to the Earle Hodgins character? He's a central character who just completely disappears without a mention! Other than those gripes, this is a good western, with likable lead characters, good action, & not too much humor or music, & I've never seen anyone drop a love interest as quickly as Dusty does in this movie! Enjoyable, & worth watching.

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