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King of the Forest Rangers (1946)

Approved | | Adventure | 27 April 1946 (USA)


(as Spencer Bennet), (as Fred Bannon)


(original screenplay), (original screenplay) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Larry Thompson ...
Steve King
Marion Brennan
Stuart Hamblen ...
Burt Spear
'Flush' Haliday [Ch.2]
Scott Elliott ...
Andrews / Bryan / Merkle / Sands
Tom Judson [Ch. 1]
Walter Soderling ...
Miner [Chs. 1, 12]
Rance Barton [Ch. 3]
Hank [Ch. 5]
Hiram Bailey [Ch. 2]
Stover [Ch. 6]
Holmes [Ch. 9]
Martin / Al / Baker / Wade
Blaine / Hughes / Smith


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EVERY SECOND A SPINE-CHILLER! As the King of the Rangers stakes his life to protect our forests! (original print ad)








Release Date:

27 April 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El enigma de las torres  »

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(12 episodes)

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1.37 : 1
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CHAPTER TITLES: 1. The Mystery of the Towers; 2. Shattered Evidence; 3. Terror By Night; 4. Deluge of Destruction; 5. Pursuit Into Peril; 6. Brink Of Doom; 7. Design For Murder; 8. The Flying Coffin; 9. S. O. S. Ranger; 10.The Death Detector; 11. The Flaming Pit; 12.Tower of Vengeance. See more »


Chapter two: While King is fighting Spear in the hayloft, his uniform goes from dirty to clean as a whistle and back to dirty. See more »


[explaining the death trap to his captives]
Prof. Carver: When your man opens that door, there's going to be a big noise neither one of you's gonna hear!
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21 November 2008 | by (Cambridge, England) – See all my reviews

Of all Republic's serials, I consider this one to be one of the most underrated. The outdoor scenery, the choreographic fist-fights, sharp cinematography, the presence of the beautiful Helen Talbot, and some of the more thrilling chapter-endings in a while help make this opus a highly recommended entry. It was originally meant to be a Mountie serial but for some reason it became a Ranger cliffhanger. The plot concerns the search for a specific Indian rug upon which is the map to hidden treasure. The storyline runs smoothly and inventively, much more effectively than others in a similar genre. Republic were and are always the Lords of the Serials, and this Larry Thompson cliffhanger, directed nobly by the prolific Spencer G. Bennet and Fred Brannon, is a very pleasing effort. Try it!

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