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Death Rides the Range (1939)

Ken Baxter and his two pals, Pancho and Panhandle, discover Professor Wahl injured and wandering on the range. They take him to the Blue Mesa Trading Post, where two archaeologists, Dr. ... See full summary »


Sam Newfield


William Lively (original story & screenplay) (as Bill Lively)




Complete credited cast:
Ken Maynard ... Ken Baxter
Tarzan Tarzan ... Tarzan
Fay McKenzie ... Letty Morgan
Ralph Peters ... Panhandle
Julian Rivero ... Pancho
Charles King ... Joe Larkin
John Elliott ... Hiram Crabtree
Willy Castello ... Dr. Flotow (as William Castello)
Sven Hugo Borg ... Baron Starkoff
Michael Vallon ... Dr. Wahl
Julian Madison Julian Madison ... Jim Morgan
Kenneth Rhodes Kenneth Rhodes ... Slim


Ken Baxter and his two pals, Pancho and Panhandle, discover Professor Wahl injured and wandering on the range. They take him to the Blue Mesa Trading Post, where two archaeologists, Dr. Flotow and Baron Starkoff, foreign government representatives, are staying. Both want to secure control of a supply of helium gas found in an ancient Indian cave. Wahl, working for the federal government, is murdered at the Blue Mesa. The land strip on which the cave is located is claimed by Letty and Jim Morgan, brother and sister owners of the Lazy Y Ranch. Tin Cup Ranch owner Joe Larkin hires Ken to take possession of a cabin on the Morgan land in order to gain title. Ken, an undercover G-man, finds a secret passageway from the cabin that leads to the cave. He discovers the helium and that Larkin is working with Starkoff. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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This is one of four Ken Maynard films sold by Colony Pictures in 1940 to the National Broadcasting Company to be telecast on New York's first television station, W2XBS; its earliest documented television broadcast occurred Saturday 6 December 1941 on WNBT (Channel 1). Post WW-II viewers got their first look at it in New York City Saturday 28 August 1948 on WNBT (Channel 4) and in Los Angeles Thursday 4 May 1950 on KECA (Channel 7). See more »


Remade as Gold Strike (1950) See more »


Get Along My Pal
Written by Colin MacDonald
Sung by Kenneth Rhodes
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i was at home on this range
28 May 2011 | by froberts73See all my reviews

All right, already. Over and over again, like a broken record, it is penned that this is a low budget flick, that Ken Maynard was at the tail end of his career, etc., etc.

I enjoyed this movie, thoroughly and, although I had seen very few Ken Maynard flicks, it made me want to see more. The guy was part of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, was in the Army in WW1, played several instruments, sang, made records, was a rodeo performer - so - there was nothing phony about his ridin' and fightin'.

He may not look much like a western movie hero, but he acted like one. His last few years were disgustingly sad - same old story - liquor was the villain he could not fight.

There are beaucoup well-done fight scenes in this movie. At one point, he missed and fell back adding to the realism.

Adding to the enjoyment of this movie were some short scenes of funny stuff. I especially enjoyed his initial proposal to Fay McKenzie. I know nothing of her but would like to see her again and again - cute and perky.

This movie has not one but two sidekicks and they play really well as partners, and as Maynard's fascinating friends. Ralph Peters and Julian Rivero.

The plot ain't bad, some of it all too familiar, but all it well played out. Especially fascinating was the tall, blonde Swede, Sven Hugo Borg.

One more thing. Trigger was billed as the smartest horse in the movies. Negative. He never picked up his boss's hat and brought it to him, and he never untied ropes that bound Roy. Smartest horse honors go to --- ta-da --- Tarzan.

If you can find this movie, grab it --- guaranteed enjoyment.

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14 December 1939 (USA) See more »


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$15,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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