The Rangers Step In (1937)

Approved | | Western | 8 August 1937 (USA)
Martin, wanting the Warren ranch, reignites the Allen-Warren feud. When the Rangers settle the feud, he has another plan. Dressed as Bob Allen, he kills Breck Warren and then has his men incite the townsmen to lynch Allen.


Nate Gatzert (screenplay), Joseph Levering (story) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Robert Allen ... Bob Allen (as Bob Allen)
Eleanor Stewart ... Terry Warren
John Merton ... Martin
Hal Taliaferro ... Breck Warren
Jack Ingram ... Fred
Jack Rockwell ... Marshal
Jay Wilsey ... Texas Ranger Capt. Thomas
Lafe McKee ... Jed Warren


Scheming Tom Martin wants to buy the Jed Warren ranch as he knows the railroad wants it for the right-of-way. Jed refuses to sell, so Martin revives an old feud between the families of Mark Allen and the Warrens by stealing Warren cattle, changing the brands and planting them in the Allen herds. The Marshal calls in the Texas Rangers. Ranger Bob Allen is related to the Allens and is in love with Jed's daughter, Terry, so Ranger Captain Thomas forbids Bob taking part in settling the conflict. Bob quits the Rangers and sets out to settle the conflict on his own. Martin uses Bob's connection to the Rangers to incite hot-headed Breck Warren. Martin, resolved to keep the feud going, has Bob kidnapped and, dressed as Bob, he kills Breck with Bob's gun. Bob escapes but Jed and Terry are the only Warrens that think he is innocent. Two buyers for the railroad, thinking Martin is the owner of the Warren place, show up and Martin has to work fast, so he and his gang ride to the Allen ranch and ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Bullets sweep the plains!




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One of over 100 Columbia features, mostly Westerns, sold to Hygo Television Films in the 1950s, which marketed them under the name of Gail Pictures; opening credits were redesigned, with some titles misspelled, the credit order of the players rearranged, some names misspelled, and new end titles attached, thus eliminating any evidence of their Columbia roots. Apparently, the original material was not retained in most of the cases, and the films have survived, even in the Sony library, only with these haphazardly created replacement opening and end credits. See more »

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8 August 1937 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (R.C.A. Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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