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The Range Busters (1940)

Not Rated | | Western, Mystery | 22 August 1940 (USA)
After the owner of the Circle T Ranch is murdered by a ghostly serial killer, owner Madge Thorp resists offers to buy the ranch and is helped defend her property by the Range Busters.


S. Roy Luby


John Rathmell (story and screenplay)

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Complete credited cast:
Ray Corrigan ... 'Crash' Corrigan (as Ray 'Crash' Corrigan)
John 'Dusty' King ... 'Dusty' KIng
Max Terhune ... 'Alibi' Terhune (as Max 'Alibi' Terhune)
Elmer Elmer ... Elmer, Alibi's Dummy
Luana Walters ... Carol
LeRoy Mason ... Torrence
Earle Hodgins ... Uncle Rolf
Frank LaRue ... Doc Stengle
Kermit Maynard ... Wyoming
Bruce King Bruce King ... Wall
Carl Mathews Carl Mathews ... Henchman Rocky (as 'Duke' Mathews)
Horace Murphy ... Thorp


In the first of the Range Buster series, a mysterious phantom is murdering the hands at the Circle T Ranch and the owner sends for the Range Busters just before he too is killed. They quickly run into trouble with Torrance and his gang. Torance is after the Circle T but Crash doesn't think he is the phantom. Instead he suspects it may be blind Uncle Rolf. When the phantom strikes next, Crash is ready and his identity is soon revealed. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Range Busters...blasting a lawless ranch refuge...!


Western | Mystery


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Release Date:

22 August 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Companheiros de Luta See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Because of copyright considerations in the switch from Republic's "Three Mesquiteers" series to Monogram's "Range Busters" films, a scene had to be written early on in the feature to explain why "Lullaby" Terhune had changed his nickname to "Alibi," See more »


When Alibi is climbing to get the bad guy, a poured concrete bridge is clearly visible, a practice that was not in use in the late 19th Century West. See more »


Carol Thorp: [offering to cook some food] Are you hungry?
'Alibi' Terhune: No, that bullet must have took away my appetite!
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Followed by Boot Hill Bandits (1942) See more »


Home on the Range
Lyrics by Brewster M. Higley
Music by Daniel E. Kelley
Used under opening and end titles.
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The Phantom Strikes!
10 December 2011 | by strong-122-478885See all my reviews

In this fast-paced, light-hearted Western from 1940 - "Crash" Corrigan, "Dusty" King, and "Alibi" Terhune (along with Elmer, the dummy) make up what's known as the Range Busters. These cowboy-dudes are very much like the 3 Musketeers of the Wild West, righting wrongs all across the new frontier.

Homer Thorp, owner of the Circle T Ranch, finds himself in deadly danger when the mysterious Phantom strikes, terrorizing the land and killing his ranch hands.

Thorp sends for immediate help from the Range Busters, 3 heroic cowboys, who have a vast reputation for bringing justice, law and order to the untamed West.

When the Range Busters arrive at the Circle T Ranch they discover that Thorp has unexpectedly been murdered by the Phantom.

In their noble quest to uncover the true identity of the Phantom, the Range Busters come into fierce conflict with a notorious outlaw named Torrance, along with his ruthless gang of mighty mean hombres.

The Range Busters is an enjoyable Western.

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