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Ghost Patrol (1936)

A professor invents a radium tube that makes internal combustion engines stop running. He and his invention are captured by a gang of robbers. A federal agent is sent to rescue him.


Sam Newfield


Wyndham Gittens (screenplay)

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Complete credited cast:
Tim McCoy ... Tim Caverly
Claudia Dell ... Natalie Brent
Walter Miller ... Dawson
Wheeler Oakman ... Kincaid
James P. Burtis James P. Burtis ... Henry Brownlee (as Jimmy Burtis)
Lloyd Ingraham ... Professor Brent
Dick Curtis ... Henchman Charlie


A Professor has an invention that will bring down planes causing them to crash and Dawson is forcing him to use it on those carrying money. When Tim arrives to investigate he is mistaken for a noted outlaw. So he assumes that identity to force Dawson to make him a partner. But just as a plane bringing Tim help is arriving, his true identity is revealed and while he is a prisoner, Dawson forces the Professor to start his machine. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Release Date:

3 August 1936 (USA) See more »

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Excelsior Pictures See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film's earliest documented telecasts took place in Cincinnati Sunday 4 December 1949 on WCPO (Channel 7) and in Los Angeles Wednesday 28 December 1949 on KTSL (Channel 2). See more »


Natalie walks along a winding desert track and sits on a rock. Tim approaches her along a wide straight road with telegraph poles. See more »


Edited into Six Gun Theater: Ghost Patrol (2015) See more »


Music by Victor Alix and Léo Pouget
Sam Fox Publ Co.
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Watchable but not memorable
23 April 2012 | by PaularocSee all my reviews

I actually like Westerns set in contemporary times and find the added science fiction elements kinda interesting. While I consider Tim McCoy to be a somewhat lackluster personality, this outing was good enough that I watched it to the end. When movies include newspaper shots, I always quickly scan adjoining articles just for the fun of it. I was thus intrigued when the kidnapped scientist Professor Brant's daughter compares two newspaper articles, the articles were on screen for so long, that it was possible to scan other article headlines, one of which had the title "100,000 Chinese live in trees after flood." Just out of curiosity, I did a quick search and learned that there was indeed a major flood of the Yangtze River in 1935. There were a number of major floods in China in the early 30s so it's not unlikely that sadly someone was having a bit of fun with the "living in trees" business. The best thing about watching this movie was then being able to understand how funny the review of the movie by Spuzzlightyear was – I shall long remember "Will McCoy ever aim his gun"?

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