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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 (archive footage)
Gene Autry (archive footage)
(archive footage) (as Don Barry)
Little Beaver (archive footage)
Hopalong Cassidy (archive footage)
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Smiley (archive footage)
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Raymond Hatton ...
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(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 »


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A "B" Western Lover's Dream!
9 March 2015 | by (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

"Meanwhile Back at the Ranch" is a compilation film of clips from old "B" westerns from the 30s through the 50s. Skillfully edited, it contains like scenes from various films molded into a cohesive (almost) story about the exploits of a bad guy named "The Rattler" and his gang. It's all tied together through a narration by "B" veteran side kick Pat Buttram who oddly enough doesn't appear in the movie.

Buttram's narrator claims to have sent for the 25 best frontier marshals to help rid the town of the villains. Riding into town is everyone from Roy, Gene and Hoppy to Bob Steele Buck Jones, Tim McCoy, Tim Holt Charles Starrett, The Durango Kid, Lash Larue (in a bullwhip duel) et al. Roy, Gene, Fred Scott, The Sons of the Pioneers, Eddie Dean, Tex Ritter and John "Singin' Sandy" Wayne "croon" some long forgotten songs as well.

And yes the side kicks (Gabby Hayes, Smiley Burnette, Raymond Hatton among others) are there too. And don't forget the bad guys (Charlie King, Roy Barcroft, George Cheseboro, Edmund Cobb and others) provide the menace to our heroes. What! No Harry Woods?

The film is well done and very funny within it's context. It's a "B" western lover's (of which I am one) dream. Highly Recommended.

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