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Phantom Ranger (1938)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Mystery | 27 May 1938 (USA)
A Treasury Department engraver is being held captive by a counterfeiting gang that wants him to make counterfeit plates for them. A lawman is sent to rescue him.


Sam Newfield


Stanley Roberts (story), Joseph O'Donnell (story) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview:
Tim McCoy ... Tim Hayes
Suzanne Kaaren ... Joan Doyle (as Suzanne Karen)
Karl Hackett Karl Hackett ... Sharpe
John St. Polis ... Pat Doyle
John Merton ... Henchman Bud
Edward Earle ... Matthews
Robert Frazer ... Chief McGregor
Harry Strang ... Henchman Jeff
Charles King ... Henchman Dan
Richard Cramer ... Barton (as Dick Cramer)
Tom London ... Reynolds
Bruce Warren Bruce Warren ... Rogers
Robert McKenzie ... Saloon-Owner Charlie (as Bob McKenzie)
Jimmy Aubrey ... Telegraph Operator
Donald Dean Donald Dean ... Singer
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Sharpe has kidnaped an engraver and is flooding the country with counterfeit bills. The FBI spots a town in miniature on a bill and sends in Tim Hayes. Tim starts out by robbing Sharpe's men of the phony bills. Then he enters as a friend proposing to get rid of the money for Sharpe but instead planning to bring in his men to round them up. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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The earliest documented telecasts of this film in New York City occurred Sunday 9 May 1948 on WCBS (Channel 2) and in Philadelphia Wednesday 6 October 1949 on Frontier Playhouse on WPTZ (Channel 3). See more »


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Some good dialogue from great actors, very well directed
3 October 2019 | by morrisonhimselfSee all my reviews

Tim McCoy is one of my favorites and I really enjoyed watching him show more personality than usual in this well-directed programmer.

Writers Stanley Roberts and Joseph O'Donnell, credited with the story, in the screenplay by O'Donnell created several speaking parts, and director Sam Newfield let the performers shine.

This is Monogram, so we know there were not millions of dollars spent, but every penny that was spent was used wisely. Except for the opening, with stock footage and, worse, a montage of "news" paper front pages.

After that, though, it was an interesting and even exciting movie, with some really good dialogue, from all the characters.

One of them was played by an actress heretofore unknown to me, Suzanne Kaaren, although it's spelled "Karen" in the opening credits. Her bio here at IMDb shows her to be a good-natured, good-humored lady who mostly enjoyed her career. That's a nice change from so much whining we too often see. In Ms. Kaaren's case, our complaint is that she didn't do even more, and that in what she did she should have been given more credit.

In truth, the byplay between and among all the characters probably out-weighs the action, which is fairly routine, but the photography of that action is superb, with, I guess, the credit to both director Newfield and cinematographer Jack Greenhalgh.

"Phantom Ranger" is another pointless title, but I recommend this film for several reasons: Tim McCoy, good dialogue, gorgeous scenery. I think the version I just watched via Hoopla, a service of some public libraries (which I also highly recommend), has had some music added. It didn't help, but didn't really hurt. Do try to see "Phantom Ranger."

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27 May 1938 (USA) See more »

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