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Bandit Ranger (1942)

Approved | | Western | 25 September 1942 (USA)
Rancher Clay Travers finds and brings in the body of ranger Frank Mattison, murdered on the road to Trail City, where he had been sent to deal with an outbreak of cattle rustling. ... See full summary »

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(story) (as Bennett R. Cohen), (original screenplay) (as Bennett R. Cohen) | 1 more credit »
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Ike (as Cliff 'Ukulele Ike' Edwards)
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Mark Kenyon
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Ed Martin (as Leroy Mason)
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Frank Curtis
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Joe - Stage Driver
Frank Ellis ...
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Frank Mattison
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Tex - Clay's Ranchhand
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Rancher Clay Travers finds and brings in the body of ranger Frank Mattison, murdered on the road to Trail City, where he had been sent to deal with an outbreak of cattle rustling. Businessman Art Kenyon, who has hired gunman Ed Martin to impersonate Mattison to further his rustling schemes, quickly changes Martin's story and has Travers framed for the ranger's murder. Managing to escape, Travers must come up with proof to clear his name and bring the true killers to justice. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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IT'S A BAD DAY FOR BAD MEN! (original ad - all caps)

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Western

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Approved | See all certifications »
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25 September 1942 (USA)  »

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Singing Guns  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This was the first of six movies hurriedly made by RKO between May 1942 and July 1942, before 'Tim Holt' went into military service. See more »

Goofs

In the first six minutes of the film, the Ranger Frank Mattison is being chased by bandits and is shot off his horse. While on his horse, he was wearing all black clothing. When shown on the ground, however, he is wearing all white clothing. See more »

Connections

Remake of Rio Rattler (1935) See more »

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I'm Musical Ike
(1942)
Written by Fred Rose and Ray Whitley
Performed by Cliff Edwards
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Tim Holt does it again
20 June 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Very shortly after doing the Magnificent Ambersons, Tim Holt was making Bandit Ranger, one of his innumerable and indistinguishable Westerns. They were all pretty enjoyable, and short enough not to outstay their welcome, and this is no exception. Holt is very young for a rancher, but has the screen presence to overcome this handicap.

The plot is absolutely routine: Holt uncovers a murder, for which he is blamed, and has to clear his name while simultaneously keeping a pretty girl out of danger. The girl, as is traditional in this plot, doesn't know Holt, and so he has to win her trust ... and maybe love? This is the plot of dozens of Holt films; here the part of the idiot sidekick is played, not by Richard Martin who came along later, but Cliff Edwards - more of a clown in his Ukelele Ike role, and he has a couple of nice musical numbers. The baddies are bad and plausible. The girl (Joan Barclay) is a bit dim. The twist where the bad guys turn the tables on Tim Holt is a clever one.

All in all, very entertaining in its lower case way.


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