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Mystery Ranch (1934)

The famous western fiction writer Bob Morris arrives at the Henderson ranch. He quickly realizes the hanging, runaway horses, and the shootout are fakes for his benefit. But when a real robbery takes place he thinks it's another fake.


Bernard B. Ray (as B. B. Ray)


William L. Nolte (story), Rose Gordon (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Tom Tyler ... Bob Morris
Roberta Gale ... Mary Henderson
Louise Cabo Louise Cabo ... Mrs. Henderson
Jack Perrin ... George Andrews (as Jack Gable)
Frank Hall Crane ... Percy Jenkins (as Frank Cane)
Charles King ... Sam
Tom London ... Blake
George Chesebro ... Kern
Lafe McKee ... Sheriff


Tom Morris, a writer of western novels, receives an invitation to visit "Mystery Ranch", where he will see western men that make his characters look like sissies.Tom and his secretary Percy Jenkins arrive and are soon involved in a lot of staged happenings --- a lynching, a runaway, a fake feud, a chase after horse thieves --- strictly for his benefit. Tom is not fooled at all and ranch owner Mrs. Henderson and her daughter Mary and the ranch hands are ready to give up. Then, two real crooks, Blake and Kern, show up and Tom discovers they are carrying a bag of gold bullion. Tom thinks they are just part of another trick and decides to start playing some of his own. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A GLORIOUS DRAMA Of THE OLD WEST! (original print ad-all caps) See more »








Release Date:

12 April 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Estância dos Mistérios See more »

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1.37 : 1
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This film is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-1946. Because of poor documentation (feature films were often not identified by title in conventional sources) no record has yet been found of its initial television broadcast. Its earliest documented Post-WWII telecasts took place in Boston Saturday 1 January 1949 on WBZ (Channel 4), in Atlanta Saturday 8 January 1949 on WSB (Channel 8) and in Cincinnati where it was shown in 2 parts Sunday-Monday 22-23 May 1949 on WKRC (Channel 11); it first aired in Philadelphia Wednesday 9 November 1949 on WFIL (Channel 6). See more »

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Very Funny
19 May 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Tom Tyler writes western novels that read like Pete Smith narrating GOOFY MOVIES. His father chides him. Tom grew up in the West and he knows it isn't like that. Tom replies that his last book sold 50,000 copies, and he's got this letter from a couple of ladies inviting him to stay at their ranch, where the events in his books look peaceful. He figures on going and seeing if he can get any ideas for his next book.

It turns out that Roberta Gale and her mother, Louise Cabo, run a struggling dude ranch. They figure if they make things interesting enough, Tyler will talk up the place. So they plan a few gags, like a lynching and a runaway team. Tyler catches on fast, and decides to have his own fun with the horse with the burr under its saddle and the fake roadside holdup and.... wait a minute. The holdup is real.

It's a real Poverty Row B western, so the production is done very cheaply, and director Bernard Ray was no one's idea of a great auteur. Still, the stuntwork is topnotch, the camerawork is good, and the script is very funny. That makes it a very engaging comedy western.

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