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The Phantom of the Range (1936)

It is told that Hiram Moore (John Elliott), a miserly rancher, has a treasure hidden on his property and that a map to its location is hidden in his portrait. He dies in debt and ... See full summary »


Robert F. Hill (as Bob Hill)


Basil Dickey (original story and screenplay)




Cast overview:
Tom Tyler ... Jerry Lane
Beth Marion ... Jeanne Moore
Sammy Cohen Sammy Cohen ... Eddie Parsons
Soledad Jiménez ... Perdita the Housekeeper
Forrest Taylor ... Brandon
Charles King ... Henchman Mark Graydo
John Elliott ... Hiram Moore
Richard Cramer ... Sheriff (as Dick Cramer)


It is told that Hiram Moore (John Elliott), a miserly rancher, has a treasure hidden on his property and that a map to its location is hidden in his portrait. He dies in debt and prospective buyers are scared away by rumors that the ranch is haunted by his ghost. A spectral rider is seen on the ranch at night. A year after his death, his granddaughter, Jeanne Moore (Beth Marion), arrives from Santa Fe to assert her claim to the property. She meets Jerry Lane (Tom Tyler), who has just sold his ranch and stock, and wants to buy a ranch in the area. At the public auction, Jerry outbids both Jeanne and some crooks who are trying to get the ranch. Jrry invites Jeanne to stay at the ranch, and hires a Cockney, Eddie Parsons (Sammy Cohen), as his valet. Perdita (Soledad Jimenez), the ranch housekeeper is a spy for Brandon (Forrest Taylor), a rival rancher. Pedita helps Brandon steal the portrait, but Eddie, a kleptomaniac, has already swiped the map which was hidden in the portrait frame. ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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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. It's earliest documented post-WWII telecasts took place in Washington DC Wednesday 5 November 1947 on WTTG (Channel 5), in New York City Friday 31 December 1948 on WATV (Channel 13), in Los Angeles Tuesday 20 December 1949 on KLAC (Channel 13), and in Chicago Wednesday 8 March 1950 on WGN (Channel 9). See more »


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Something I never thought I say, a good Victory production
8 June 2004 | by Mike-764See all my reviews

Jerry Lane sells his ranch and decides to buy a new spread in a more peaceful area. As soon as he hits a new town, he buys in an auction a ranch said to be haunted by the ghost of the previous owner. This claim is started by Brandon, who plans to drive off any settlers so he can freely search the house for a map to the treasure the miserly owner hid. When Lane starts to feel intimidated, he, the old owner's daughter Jeanne, and the former butler Eddie, decide to stick it out, trying to locate the treasure and battle Brandon and his henchmen, while at the same time trying to avoid the prying eyes of Perdita, the homely housekeeper sent by Brandon, and a murder charge against Lane. The film coming from Victory obviously had crummy production values at best, but Tom Tyler was a great choice for the role (unlike Tim McCoy in the loose remake, Straight Shooter) and was able to carry the film quite well. Beth Marion was easy on the eyes as Jeanne (total opposite of Soledad Jiminez as Perdita) and nice characterizations from regular B actors Forrest Taylor, Charlie King, and Richard Cramer (in a good guy role as the sheriff). Sammy Cohen is okay as the butler, but his accent keeps on dropping. Good pacing by director Hill, who also doubles as the auctioneer at the film's beginning. Enjoyable oater. Rating, based on B-westerns, 7.

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Release Date:

28 November 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Phantom der Ranch See more »

Filming Locations:

Lone Pine, California, USA See more »

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1.37 : 1
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