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Boot Hill Bandits (1942)

Approved | | Western | 24 April 1942 (USA)
Shady town businessman Bolton seems to be the leader of the gang but even he takes his order from a higher authority who may have tried to take Marshal Corrigan's life.


S. Roy Luby


George Arthur Durlam (original story and screenplay) (as Arthur Durlam)




Complete credited cast:
Ray Corrigan ... Marshal '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
Jean Brooks ... May Meadows
John Merton ... Brand Bolton
Glenn Strange ... The Maverick
I. Stanford Jolley ... The Mesquite Kid (as Stanford Jolley)
Steve Clark ... Sheriff Jed Tolliver
George Chesebro ... Stack Stoner - Henchman
Richard Cramer ... Corn Hawkins - Bartender (as Dick Cramer)
Budd Buster ... Mayor Noah Smyth
Milburn Morante ... Cameron (as Milt Morante)
Jimmy Aubrey ... The Drunk (as James Aubrey)


Bolton's men blow up the wagon carrying the mine payroll and Marshal Crash Corrigan is supposedly killed in the explosion. A man finds his badge and gives it to Bolton. Thinking Crash dead, Bolton gives the badge away and it ends up with the Sheriff. Crash is OK and the Range Busters know Bolton is the head of the gang but that he gets his orders from someone else and that is the man they want. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Marshal 'Crash' Corrigan: Well, it's beginning to add up.
Sheriff Jed Tolliver: Yeah, it looks like I'll be wearin' my old blue coat again.
Marshal 'Crash' Corrigan: What's the coat got to do with it?
Sheriff Jed Tolliver: Whenever I'm to face bullets, I always put it on, feelin' I'll die more comfortable with it wrapped around me.
Marshal 'Crash' Corrigan: That's right, and it's gonna take the sons of the Blue and Grey to hold it.
Sheriff Jed Tolliver: There's another old galoot in this town is just about of the same notion - though the coat he favors is gray.
Marshal 'Crash' Corrigan: Took men of your breed, Jed, to build and mold this good old earth.
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Followed by Bullets and Saddles (1943) 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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Intelligent script and dialogue, beautifully performed by talented cast.
20 July 2020 | by morrisonhimselfSee all my reviews

Ray "Crash" Corrigan was a star who became just better and better as an actor.

He was a good-looking guy who got his start by being good-looking and athletic, but unlike some others who started on their looks, his talent came to the fore and he soon showed, as in "Boot Hill Bandits," acting ability to match his looks.

This Range Busters outing had a script that entertains with wit as well as action, with some good-natured joshing among the three heroes, and some credible fussing among the bad guys.

And all of it was well performed, with leading lady Jean Brooks giving another illustration of how unfortunate we all are that she wasn't given the chance to be a big star. She had the looks and the talent, but not the luck. A frequent Hollywood story.

Besides the action and the story, the best part of this movie is the interplay between and among the characters, with the town sheriff, played so well by the astonishingly prolific Steve Clark, standing out among the many.

Glenn Strange got to shine with a bizarre character, as did Stanford Jolley, an actor who is terribly under-rated.

Budd Osborne and George Chesebro also get big parts, and as usual show they could handle any role.

This Range Busters series is new to me. I don't recall seeing an entire entry before and now I'm spoiled: This one, "Boot Hill Bandits," is so good, I will expect high quality from the others I am now setting out to see.

Again, we thank Westerns on the Web and Bob Terry for bringing this to us.

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24 April 1942 (USA) See more »

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Reiter gegen Tod und Teufel See more »

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1.37 : 1
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