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Robbers of the Range (1941)

Approved | | Western | 18 April 1941 (USA)
Rancher Jim Drummond refuses to sell his ranch to a land agent named Greely. The latter with Monk and Blackie, henchmen of the railroad purchasing agent, Rankin, frame Jim for the murder of... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Virginia Vale ...
Alice Tremaine
Ray Whitley ...
Emmett Lynn ...
LeRoy Mason ...
J.R. Rankin
Howard C. Hickman ...
Roy Tremaine (as Howard Hickman)
Ernie Adams ...
Frank LaRue ...
Frank Higgins
Ray Bennett ...
Sam Daggett
Tom London ...
Henchman Monk Saunders
Ed Cassidy ...
Bud Osborne ...
Henchman Blackie
George Melford ...
Colonel Lodge
Malcolm 'Bud' McTaggart ...
Curly Yantis (as Malcolm McTaggart)
Deputy Sheriff Bill Brady


Rancher Jim Drummond refuses to sell his ranch to a land agent named Greely. The latter with Monk and Blackie, henchmen of the railroad purchasing agent, Rankin, frame Jim for the murder of rancher Williams and Jim is arrested and sent to Blue Mesa for trial. On the way, the stage he is riding in with a deputy sheriff is attacked by Rankin's men. The sheriff and a young gunman named Curly Yantis are killed, and Jim drives the stage into Blue Mesa and poses as Curly Yantis, explaining that Jim Drummond was killed. Jim's ranch hands Smokey and Whopper ride into town and Jim tells them what has transpired. The ranchers have formed a protective association, with Roy Tremaine as the head. Jim, Whopper and Smokey help Tremaine raise enough money to pay off a mortgage and save his ranch. Jim begins to fall for Tremaine's pretty daughter Alice. Monk and Greeley frame Tremaine for the murder of rancher Higgins but Jim and his friends capture Greeley and force him to tell where the evidence is ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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SURROUNDED by railroad trigger-men out to gouge the ranchers!








Release Date:

18 April 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ladrões de Terras  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Virginia Vale, who was female lead in most of George O'Brien's RKO westerns, makes her only Tim Holt western appearance here. See more »


Edited into Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch (1976) See more »


The Railroad's Coming to Town
Written by Fred Rose & Ray Whitley
Performed by Ray Whitley (uncredited) and an unidentified quartet
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Bottom Feeding Railroad Agents
4 September 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Robbers Of The Range are in fact a bottom feeding railroad agent and his grafting partners who are hoping to cheat ranchers out of their land and the big money they'll get for a right of way. Tim Holt is one such rancher and they frame him for a neighbor's murder. But Holt gets away and he moves on to the next town in the guise of a notorious gunman.

Holt goes to work for the railroad while sidekicks Ray Whitley and Emmett Lynn go to work for the new Cattleman's Association the better to find out what's going on from both ends. If those jobs had been reversed Holt would have had an easier time wooing Virginia Vale who is the daughter of the biggest rancher Howard Hickman.

Perennial western villain LeRoy Mason is the leading Robber Of The Range, but his chief henchman Ernie Adams has a great part as a real slime bag who does the killing and framing along with Tom London. Whitley and Lynn have the best scenes in the film getting a confession to both the murder Holt was framed for and another killing where Hickman is framed the same way.

Worth seeing Robber Of The Range for that alone.

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