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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


Not Rated | See all certifications »






Release Date:

22 August 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Companheiros de Luta See more »

Company Credits

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Range Busters See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


First in a series clearly using the old Three Mequiteers format and two of its characters, 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 Thunder River Feud (1942) See more »


Get Along Little Cowboy
Written by Johnny Lange and Lew Porter
Sung by John 'Dusty' King
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Good western, likable characters, not too much humor/music
29 January 2000 | by wrbtuSee all my reviews

The first of the Range Busters movies. It starts off great, with a cowboy who's midway through singing a song being shot through an open window by "The Phantom." Unfortunately, there is one other song in the movie (sung by Dusty & strummed by Crash). A couple of other problems: 1) can anybody tell me why Alibi, a grown man, is carrying around a wooden dummy (Elmer) as he rides the range?, 2) can anybody tell me what happens to the Earle Hodgins character? He's a central character who just completely disappears without a mention! Other than those gripes, this is a good western, with likable lead characters, good action, & not too much humor or music, & I've never seen anyone drop a love interest as quickly as Dusty does in this movie! Enjoyable, & worth watching.

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