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Knights of the Range (1940)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 23 February 1940 (USA)
Outlaw Frayne is a member of Gamecock's rustlers. When he saves Holly Ripple and Cappy from Heaver's gun, she gives him a job offer and a chance to go straight. Now bringing back Ripple's ... See full summary »


Lesley Selander


Zane Grey (story), Norman Houston (screenplay)




Cast overview:
Russell Hayden ... Renn Frayne
Victor Jory ... Malcolm Lascalles
Jean Parker ... Holly Ripple
Morris Ankrum ... Gamecock
Britt Wood Britt Wood ... Laigs - Cowhand
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Cappy
Ethel Wales ... Aunt Myra Ripple
Rad Robinson Rad Robinson ... Brazos - Cowhand
Ray Bennett ... Henchman Heaver (as Raphael Bennett)
The King's Men The King's Men ... Singing Cowhands


Outlaw Frayne is a member of Gamecock's rustlers. When he saves Holly Ripple and Cappy from Heaver's gun, she gives him a job offer and a chance to go straight. Now bringing back Ripple's money from the cattle drive, he is tested when his old gang attacks. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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A RUSTLER - ...running wild, headed for the noose - is hog-tied by a co-ed senorita!!! See more »


Romance | Western


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Release Date:

23 February 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bad Men of Nevada See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Wide Range System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film was re-titled 'Bad Men of Nevada' for television distribution, most likely to avoid conflicts with its theatrical re-release which was still in progress in several territories. It was first telecast in New York City Sunday 3 January 1954 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Detroit Friday 19 March 1954 on WXYZ (Channel 7, and in Los Angeles Sunday 14 November 1954 on KRCA (Channel 4); in San Francisco it was first broadcast Wednesday 12 October 1955 on KPIX (Channel 5). See more »


Cappy: Here I am, loaded for a bear, but all I get is a polecat.
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Referenced in The Man Who Came to Dinner (2000) See more »


There on the Prairie
Written by Foster Carling and Phil Ohman
Performed by The King's Men
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1940s western filmed on location
20 June 2011 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

Saw this at the Movie History Museum in Lone Pine California in 2011; Lone Pine was, and still is, a major filming location for westerns and commercials, due to its varied landscape in different parts of the Owens Valley, lake­-bed, joshua trees, and giant granite boulders. Zane Grey had written many books, and about half of them were turned into films. This one from 1940 has great sound quality, but less-than-great picture quality. At just over an hour, they squeeze a lot of action and story in this "oater" or "oat burner" (so named, since much of the action is one group chasing another group on horseback.) Due to a low budget and being filmed outdoors on location, the picture quality and the script suffer. A story of a girl in the wild west, Holly (played by Jean Parker) inherits a ranch, but the cattle are being rustled off her property. She crosses paths with Renn (Russell Hayden), who may not be who he seems to be. She needs the help of someone to save the cattle, and she thinks she has found her man.

Also appearing are the Kings Men, a group of singing cowhands, who keep breaking into song; they sang in films for about 20 years, from 1929 - 1949. Directed by Lesley Selander, expert director of westerns... this one one of the SEVEN he made in 1940 alone. Some pretty big names in this one; Parker was "Beth" in Little Women, and Hayden would go on to be the sidekick in Hopalong Cassidy. Also keep an eye out for J. Farrell MacDonald, who was in a TON of westerns - he plays Cappy, the ranch foreman in this one. Looks like this didn't make it to DVD, but maybe Turner Classics will show it. It has all the elements of a classic western, but watch it for the interesting California scenery.

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