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Cowboy Commandos (1943)

 -  Western  -  4 June 1943 (USA)
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The Range Busters investigate sabotage at a mining community and uncover a gang of Nazi spies.

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Complete credited cast:
Ray Corrigan ...
Crash Corrigan (as Ray 'Crash' Corrigan)
Dennis Moore ...
Denny Moore (as Denny Moore)
Max Terhune ...
Alibi Terhune (as Max 'Alibi' Terhune)
Evelyn Finley ...
Joan Cameron
Johnny Bond ...
Deputy Slim
Budd Buster ...
William (Wilheim) Werner
John Merton ...
Henchman Larry Fraser
Frank Ellis ...
Henchman Mario
Steve Clark ...
Dan Bartlett
Edna Bennett ...
Katie Werner
Bud Osborne ...
Henchman Hans
George Chesebro ...
Henchman Fred
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It's 1943 and a mine is producing magnesium for the war effort. A group of Nazis are nearby trying to sabotage the ore production and some of their men have jobs in the mine. The Range Busters arrive with Alibi taking a job in the mine and then being immediately fired. Claiming to want revenge against the mine owner gets him accepted among the saboteurs and his eavesdropping enables Crash and Denny to move just as the saboteurs plan to strike. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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RANGE SHOCK TROOPS BLAST AXIS KILLERS! (original print media ad - all caps)

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Cow-boy kommandos  »

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I'll Get the Fuehrer Sure As Shootin'
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"I'll Get The Fuehrer Sure As Shootin'"
9 March 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Like everyone else cowboy heroes answered their country's call after Pearl Harbor and that includes Mongram's Range Busters. Cowboy Commandos has Ray Corrigan, Dennie Moore, and Max Terhune going after a gang of spies and saboteurs who are after Steve Clark's magnesium mine, a metal vital for the war effort. By the way Max Terhune is without Elmer for this Range Buster film.

The Range Busters get called in from a Bond Tour with trick rider Evelyn Finley who was a stunt-woman in real life. Her brother who was a deputy sheriff was killed by the gang whom they have absolutely no clue at all about, so says Steve Clark.

You've got to love it. They have no clue though there are henchmen out there named Fritz, Hans, and a Italian one thrown in for good measure named Mario. He tries a knife attack against Crash Corrigan to make sure we know this is an Italian. They all hang out at a saloon which looks like a Hofbrau with pinball machines and the owners are Wilhelm and Katie Werner. This gang has eluded traditional law enforcement however.

Comedian Johnny Bond is another deputy and he contributes the classic song I'm Gonna Get The Fuehrer Sure As Shootin'. I know you'll be surprised when I tell you it was not nominated for an Academy Award.

Cowboy Commandos is a film I've always cited when talking about our wartime propaganda films at their worst. But I have to admire the sheer audacity of Monogram Pictures for putting this one out even in the years of World War II. It's bad beyond belief, but I think today's audience will be similarly enthralled by Monogram's chutzpah.


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