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Arizona Stage Coach (1942)

The Range Busters help a young man framed as the leader of an outlaw gang that has been holding up stage coaches.

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Crash Corrigan (as Ray 'Crash' Corrigan)
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Alibi Terhune (as Max 'Alibi' Terhune)
Elmer ...
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Ernie Willard (as Roy Harris)
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Strike
Carl Mathews ...
Henchman Ace
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Henchman Red
Slim Harkey ...
Henchman Panhandle
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Stage Driver Jake
Frank Ellis ...
Stage Guard Dan
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Sheriff
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Tex Laughlin
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Storyline

In the midst of some friendly horseplay on their "Flying R" ranch, the Range Busters, Crash Corrigan, Dusty King and Alibi Terhune, are sobered by the arrival of a buckboard bearing their old friend Larry Meadows and his niece Dorrie Willard. Meadows seeks their aid against a gang of outlaws terrorizing his town. Ernie Willard, Dorrie's brother, has been taken in by Tex Laughlin who is using the Willard ranch as an undercover for his real occupation as a member of a gang of outlaws led by Tim Douglas, a supposed friend of the Willards. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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THE RANGE BUSTERS SHOOT STRAIGHT...BUT TO KILL (original poster - all caps) See more »


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4 September 1942 (USA)  »

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Arizona Stagecoach  »

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This film's earliest documented telecast occurred Thursday 5 July 1945 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). Post-WWII television viewers got their first look at it in New York City Saturday 26 March 1949 on WCBS (Channel 2) and in Los Angeles Saturday 14 May 1949 on KTTV (Channel 11). See more »

Quotes

Elmer, Alibi's dummy: Alibi, come here.
Alibi Terhune: What's bothering you, Elmer?
Elmer, Alibi's dummy: Who's going to take that money to the stage office?
Alibi Terhune: Well, I am, I reckon.
Elmer, Alibi's dummy: That's what I was afraid of. You better take me along to protect you.
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Connections

Followed by Black Market Rustlers (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

Where The Grass Grows High In The Mountains
Music by Rudy Sooter
Sung by John 'Dusty' King (as John King)
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Fast-Paced Range Busters Picture
18 February 2010 | by (The Lonesome Prairie) – See all my reviews

The Range Busters - Ray "Crash" Corrigan, John "Dusty" King, and Max "Alibi" Terhune come to the aid of some friends who find their ranch surrounded by highway-robbers. Before their arrival, their friend discovers his partner with stolen loot and shoots it out before being framed for the hold-ups by villains Charles King and Kermit Maynard.

An enjoyable, straight-foreword entry in Monogram Pictures' Range Busters series, the successor to Republic's Three Mesquiteers, this has some good action scenes and an atmospheric (though probably canned) music score.

Both corny and creepy are several scenes where Terhune's ventriloquist dummy "Elmer" talks and moves independently! I know these Saturday matinée B-westerns were made for a primarily juvenile audience, but this is just too silly!

In the final scene when Terhune picks up Elmer, who just finished moving without him, a hand can be briefly glimpsed pulling out of the dummy and disappearing under the chair!


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