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Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch (1976)

 |  Comedy, Western  |  May 1976 (USA)
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The "Rattler", head of an outlaw band have been terrorizing the residents of Peaceful Valley with a crimewave of rustling, killing, robbing. The Federal Government has sent for its best 25 ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rex Allen ...
Rex (archive footage)
Gene Autry (archive footage)
(archive footage) (as Don Barry)
Little Beaver (archive footage)
Hopalong Cassidy (archive footage)
(archive footage)
Smiley Burnette ...
Smiley (archive footage)
(archive footage)
Eddie Dean ...
(archive footage)
Bill Elliott ...
(archive footage)
(archive footage)
(archive footage)
Raymond Hatton ...
(archive footage)
(archive footage) (as Gabby Hayes)
Jim Drummond (archive footage)


The "Rattler", head of an outlaw band have been terrorizing the residents of Peaceful Valley with a crimewave of rustling, killing, robbing. The Federal Government has sent for its best 25 agents to clean up the valley. These 25 are to drift into town and meet at the Dirty Dog Saloon. Written by Carol Johnson <>

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Comedy | Western



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Film historian Packy Smith and director Richard Patterson created this western spoof by cobbling together clips from over 75 B-western films into a new film where 25 of the greatest sagebrush heroes were called to battle scores of crooks and henchmen and protect the lives of property of peaceful ranchers and their beautiful daughters. See more »


Narrator: I remember how happy we was when that first lawman rode into town. You could tell he was a lawman - he was ridin' a clean horse.
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Edited from The Night Riders (1939) See more »


As Time Goes On
Written by Don Swander and June Hershey
Sung by Fred Scott
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An interesting idea for a Frankestien cobbled together film
18 December 2014 | by (working in Movieland) – See all my reviews

*Spoiler/plot- Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch, 1976. A Western taking place in a small town where the locals can't fight the local villain and Pat Buttram calls in some favors from his lawman Cowboy friends to help the town get bake to lawfulness.

*Special Stars- All archived footage of every Western star, side-kick, and baddie in the 30's through the 50's.

*Theme- Friends help friends.

*Trivia/location/goofs- B & W. Get over the major changes in visual & audio levels between differing & aged clips to tell the weak story. Most of the locations are recognizable as the Chatsworth CA, Iverson Movie Ranch.

*Emotion- An interesting idea for a Frankenstien cobbled together film made up of 'clips' or archived footage to tell a boring pedestrian story from the old West. Good guys against the baddies.

*Based on- Every movie & TV Western plot ever produced.

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