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Phantom Rancher (1940)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 31 March 1940 (USA)
Cowboy puts on a black mask and a black outfit to fight a gang of land-grabbing crooks.

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(as Harry Fraser)

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(story) (as Bill Lively), (screenplay) (as Bill Lively)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Ken Mitchell
Dorothy Short ... Ann Markham
... Gopher
... Collins
... Lucke - Henchman
... Sheriff Parker
... Dad Markham
... Lon - Burton Foreman
... Burton
Carl Mathews ... Hank - Henchman (as Karl Mathews)
James Sheridan ... Joe - Henchman (as Sherry Tansey)
Tarzan ... Tarzan
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Ken Mitchell arrives to take possession of a ranch left to him by his Uncle Jim. He meets and falls in love with Ann Markham, whose father has been killed by gunmen of rancher Collins, who schemes to gain possession of all the surrounding ranches by foreclosing on their mortgages. Ken is distrusted as his Uncle was unpopular with the local ranchers. Knowing who killed Markham, Ken disguises himself as a masked rider and interrupts Collins' plots continually. As himself, he pretends to go along with the Collins plot to drive a herd of cattle over certain lands, ruining the pastures and, as the masked rider, he visits the ranchers to give them the money needed to pay of their mortgages Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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mortgage | ranch | cowboy | scheme | gang | See All (21) »

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Romance | Western

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31 March 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der geheimnisvolle Reiter  »

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$15,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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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 8 November 1941 on WNBT (Channel 1), and it was re-broadcast Sunday 10 May 1942 on the same station. See more »

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Henchman Luke: What are you doin' around here?
Ken Mitchell: Tracin' a 32-20 rifle. I'd like to shake hands with the man who killed Markham. 32-20s do a nice neat job.
Henchman Luke: Oh, yeah? The Mitchells are awful smart.
Ken Mitchell: Think I don't know the crack of a 32-20 when I hear it?
Henchman Luke: I'll say you don't. I use a 30-30!
Ken Mitchell: [pulls out a 30-30 slug from his shirt pocket] Thanks for admittin' it.
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A little pudgy to be doing some mystery ridin'
1 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

Ken Mitchell arrives to take over the ranch belonging to his recently deceased uncle, but when he arrives he finds himself hated by all the townspeople, since his uncle was trying to acquire all the ranches in the area, and then foreclosing all the mortgages that were being taken out. What Ken doesn't realize is that his uncle was working hand in hand with realtor Collins, who had a rancher, Markham, killed when he wouldn't sell his ranch to him, and now everyone in town (especially Markham's daughter Ann) believes Ken killed Markham. In order to right the wrongs his uncle did, Ken garbs himself as the Phantom Rancher, where he pays off all the ranchers who wouldn't accept Ken's charity as well as round up Collins and his gang. So-so western where nothing is really spectacular, but nothing boring. It could have used more action, but Maynard's persona helped carry it in dull spots. Rating, based on B-westerns, 5.


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