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Raiders of the West (1942)

Two entertainers hired by an outlaw gang leader are really range detectives. Before they can arrest the gang, they are found out and captured. Their partner must find a way to rescue them before they are murdered.


(as Peter Stewart)


(original story and screenplay)

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Complete credited cast:
Marshal Lee Powell
Lola Andre
Duke Mallory
Hank Reynolds
Henchman Joe - Pete in Credits
The Sheriff
Milton Kibbee ...
The Judge (as Milt Kibbee)
Morton - Gambler
Dale Sherwood ...


The Frontier Marshals have been called in to try and break up a counterfeiting operation. Phony bills received at their horse auction leads them to Duke Mallory's dude ranch. Mallory holds an engraver prisoner and gets rid of the fake bills by having three of his cronies become big winners at his gambling tables. Lee Powell tries to become Mallory's partner to get evidence but is made a prisoner when his true identity becomes known. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Three Sticks Of Texas Dynamite... and They Blast Border Badmen Right Out Of Their Saddles!


Action | Music | Western


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Release Date:

20 February 1942 (USA)  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The earliest documented telecasts of this film took place in Detroit Saturday 21 August 1948 on WWJ (Channel 4), and in New York City Thursday 2 September 1948 on WATV (Channel 13). See more »


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No raiding here
22 September 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Back when the cowboy hero trio was in vogue, PRC pictures had its own trio the Frontier Marshals, Bill Boyd, Art Davis, and Lee Powell. It ended when Powell enlisted in the Marines and died in the South Pacific.

It's almost a sacrilege to trash a film like this considering what happened to one of the cowboy heroes in real life. Still Raiders Of The West is at the bottom of Hollywood's barrel.

As per B western tradition the title has nothing to do with the story. Nobody's doing any raiding. The Marshals are on assignment looking for the source of counterfeit money and they think they've got a line on it at Charles King's dude ranch where they've signed on as performers. At least Boyd and Davis have.

A great source of confusion here. This is not Hopalong Cassidy William Boyd. This Bill Boyd was a country western radio entertainer and I'm sure the name was one big reason PRC signed him. He could warble a nice cowboy ballad. And he did look good on a horse.

We certainly didn't need the Snowflake character here acting like a jester to the cowboy hero trio either. I'm sure that's why this film wasn't broadcast for a long time.

Unless you like obscure B westerns move along folks.

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