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Mystery Ranch (1932)

An undercover ranger investigates a deranged rancher who acts as a law unto himself, finding a girl held as a prisoner until she agrees to marry the madman.

Director:

David Howard

Writers:

Alfred A. Cohn (as Al Cohn), Stewart Edward White (story "The Killer")
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George O'Brien ... Bob Sanborn
Cecilia Parker ... Jane Emory
Charles Middleton ... Henry Steele
Charles Stevens ... Tonto - Henchman
Forrester Harvey ... Artie Brower
Noble Johnson ... Mudo - Henchman
Roy Stewart ... Buck Johnson
Betty Francisco ... Appetite Mae
Russ Powell Russ Powell ... Sheriff Bill Burnham
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Storyline

To maintain his vast ranch holdings, Henry Steele holds Jane, the daughter of his deceased business partner, against her will. Stalwart ranger Bob Sanborn rescues Jane in a riding incident and is invited to stay over at the ranch by the malevolent Steele, who catches on immediately to the fact that Sanborn has been asked by Jane to help her escape. Steele escorts Bob off the ranch just after giving the order to his vicious ranch hands, Mudo and Tonto, not to let him leave alive. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Challenging death! He thundered through the valley of "The Killer" to save the woman he loved. (Print Ad- Daily Argus, ((Mount Vernon, NY)) 28 July 1932)

Genres:

Mystery | Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 July 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Death Valley See more »

Filming Locations:

Sedona, Arizona, USA

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Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Good B-Western With Gothic Touches
10 September 2009 | by FightingWesternerSee all my reviews

Mystery Ranch is hailed by some as the perfect blend of Gothic horror elements and B-western. While I wouldn't call it perfect, it was unique and a very entertaining movie.

Excellent character actor Charles Middleton portrays a classical piano playing madman and land baron, who in order to expand his empire, uses his deranged Apache servants to kill. He also holds the daughter of his late partner prisoner in his foreboding ranch house with hopes of making her his bride, while our (bland) hero George O'Brien schemes to free her and bring Middleton to justice.

The performance by Middleton, along with Joseph August's excellent cinematography with his really effective use of light and shadow, help to give this a great Gothic atmosphere.

This has a great end scene too!


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