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Both the Range Buster and Rance and his outlaw gang are looking for stolen gold bullion. To scare people away from the ranch where the gold is hidden, Rance has his man imitating ghosts. ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
John 'Dusty' King ...
David Sharpe ...
Davy Sharpe
Max Terhune ...
'Alibi' Terhune (as Max 'Alibi' Terhune)
Elmer ...
Julie Duncan ...
Helen Weston
Glenn Strange ...
Rance Austin (as Glen Strange)
Charles King ...
Henchman Chuck
Bud Osborne ...
Henchman Ed
Rex Lease ...
Deputy Rex Lease
Fred 'Snowflake' Toones ...
Sam (as Snowflake)
Budd Buster ...
Tex Palmer ...
Henchman Danny
Steve Clark ...
Marshal Hammond (as Steve Clarke)


Both the Range Buster and Rance and his outlaw gang are looking for stolen gold bullion. To scare people away from the ranch where the gold is hidden, Rance has his man imitating ghosts. The gold is in a steel cased organ but a certain combination of organ stops need to be pulled to obtain the gold. Written by Maurice VanAuken <>

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19 February 1943 (USA)  »

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During the card-playing scene, the shadow of an overhead microphone is visible on the wall behind Alibi. See more »


[referring to Alibi]
Jim, the bartender: Say, he's looking for a job.
'Dusty' King: Well, if you're interested, be sure and come out. I'll have a good job for you.
Elmer, Alibi's dummy: How about me?
'Dusty' King: Are you a cowhand?
Elmer, Alibi's dummy: Oh, I've been a roper and a rider, a bulldogger and a fighter, a bronco buster and a dynamiter. Yippee!
'Dusty' King: I'm sorry. You haven't had enough experience.
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Where the Prairie Hills Meet the Sky
Words and Music by John 'Dusty' King (as John King)
Performed by John 'Dusty' King (uncredited)
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25 October 2013 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

There's not much haunting to the Haunted Ranch. Too bad the screenplay didn't make a guessing game out of whether the place is really haunted or not. Instead, their gimmick is pretty hokey and unimaginative. But then this is a Monogram production. There is some hard riding, not much fast shooting, and one poorly staged brawl.

Actually, the actors are much better than the material. King makes a likable hero, Strange does an impressive bad guy, and Julie Duncan is a pretty little package but without much acting talent. Terhune manages a couple of creepy scenes with his dummy. In fact, those may be the movie's most interesting parts. Then there's black comedian Snowflake who gets to do a couple of "feets don't fail me now" humor scenes typical of the time.

But what I'd really like to know is what happened to David Sharpe who disappears half-way through, supposedly to join Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders, but I suspect an inside story instead. Anyhow, it's a routine programmer with a likable cast, but not much more.

(Note on Sharpe— Now that I check out IMDb's Trivia, it indicates David trained in 1943 as an Air Force pilot. So I wouldn't be surprised he left this 1943 production halfway through to join up.)

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