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Ghost Town Law (1942)

Approved | | Western | 27 March 1942 (USA)
When two of their Marshal friends are killed, the Rough Riders are sent to investigate. They have to find the killers in a ghost town where the houses and an old mine are interconnected by secret passages and tunnels.

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(as Howard P. Bretherton)

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(original screenplay) (as Jess Bowers)
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Marshal Tim McCall
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Marshal Sandy Hopkins - aka Killer
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Judge Crail (as Murdock McQuarrie)
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Howard Masters ...
Tom Cook
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Red Larkin
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Marshall Tim McCall is called in from Wyoming when two lawmen friends of his are murdered in cold blood. The two marshals were on the trail of a desperado and followed him to a deserted ghost town. Unfortunately the town is inhabited not by supernatural spirits, but by a gang of vicious outlaws headed by a ruthless thug named Ace. McCall is joined by fellow marshals Sandy Hopkins Buck Roberts, who feigns amnesia when he comes to town, but the town has additional visitors: pretty and spunky Josie Hall, who wants to visit her aunt and brother living in an old dark mansion in the area, ranch foreman Tom Cook, who is attracted to Josie but doesn't seem to be foreman of anything, Pawnee, an enigmatic Indian, and Judge Crail,, a larcenous crook who wants to gain control of the deserted gold mine running underneath the property. The grounds of the ramshackle town and the spooky mansion are honeycombed with interconnecting tunnels and passageways, which present the Rogh Riders with one of ... Written by duke1029

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Ghostly killers, haunted mines, nights of terror....in the Rough Riders' ace adventure! See more »

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A Lei da Cidade Fantasma  »

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Marshal Bat Madison is obviously a reference to iconic Western lawman William Barclay 'Bat' Masterson. See more »

Quotes

Josie Hall: Mr. Martin, I'm gonna stay right here if I sit all day and night until someone comes along to take me to Pickwick.
Luke Martin: Let me tell you, Miss Hall, Pickwick is nuthin but a dried up ghost town and no place for a little filly like you.
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Followed by West of the Law (1942) See more »

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Rough Riders Theme
composed by Edward Kay
heard at end
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A top-flight vintage western with charismatic stars.
27 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

I found this about as good as "B" westerns get. Buck Jones and Tim McCoy made a superb team, with Raymond Hatton as solid support. It was fun to see cowboys who really were at home on a horse. These old westerns might have been simple, but the men who made them were often from the west and it shows in all sorts of little things, from the way they handle the dialog and behave around the the ladies to the way they mount and sit a horse. Such things go beyond acting and give these vintage horse operas a flavor that later, more prestigious, films simply could not match. The plot wasted no time on side issues, and the fact that the three Rough Riders were United States Marshals doing their duty made for clean and straightforward motivation, with the villains forceful and the action fast and furious. I found it fun all the way and would highly recommend it to fans of old westerns or to anyone who might be interested in why they were once so popular.


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