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Spook Town (1944)

Dty Gulch Trading Post owner Kurt Fabian advances money on mortgages to the local settlers to finance an irrigation program. Three Texas Rangers, Tex Wyatt, Jim Steele and Panhandle Perkins... See full summary »


Elmer Clifton


Elmer Clifton (original screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Dave O'Brien ... Texas Ranger Tex Wyatt (as Dave 'Tex' O'Brien)
James Newill ... Texas Ranger Jim Steele (as Jim Newill)
Guy Wilkerson ... Texas Ranger Panhandle Perkins
Mady Lawrence ... Lucy Warren
Dick Curtis ... Sam Benson
Harry Harvey ... Dry Wash Thompson
Ed Cassidy ... Ranger Captain Wyatt (as Edward Cassidy)
Charles King ... Trigger
Robert Barron ... Kurt Fabian
Richard Alexander ... Henchman (as Dick Alexander)


Dty Gulch Trading Post owner Kurt Fabian advances money on mortgages to the local settlers to finance an irrigation program. Three Texas Rangers, Tex Wyatt, Jim Steele and Panhandle Perkins transport the money in a strong box which they place in the Wells Fargo safe as agent Sam Benson assures them that he is the only one who knows the safe combination. Fabian conspires with Bill Gunner, Breed Crocker and Trigger Booth to steal the money and they fail, but Fabian gets it on his own. Benson is arrested, and a committee of citizens, led by Oscar Perrin accuse Captain Wyatt and the Rangers of carelessness and request the resignation of the Captain if the money is not recovered. Fabian owns the abandoned ghost town of "Mystic", and Gunner, Crocker and Booth take him there to force him to tell where he has hidden the money, They shoot at his feet to intimidate him and he dies from fright and shock. Tex, Jim and Panhandle are also searching the town and they find Fabian's body. Benson tells... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

3 June 1944 (USA) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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The earliest documented telecast of this film took place in New York City Thursday 21 October 1948 on WATV (Channel 13). See more »


Followed by Enemy of the Law (1945) See more »


Sleepy Hollow
Written by Dave O'Brien (as O'Brien) and James Newill (as Newill)
Sung by James Newill (uncredited)
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Who's Got the Box?
2 December 2004 | by Mike-764See all my reviews

Rangers Tex, Jim, and Panhandle are taking back a strongbox with money to be delivered to Kurt Fabian as payment from settlers paying back a loan Fabian made. Outlaw Trigger and two of his buddies are hired by a mysterious boss to get the strongbox from the Rangers, which they fail at first, but succeed at a second time. The settlers seeing that they will have to pay back Fabian his money at a higher interest rate, demand that the three Rangers turn in their badges and that Tex's father, Capt. Wyatt find the crooks and money or he will be forced from office. It later becomes obvious that Fabian is the mysterious boss (2/5th of the way into the film), but now Trigger is cutting himself into the deal, which does not include Fabian in the deal. The Rangers now have to get the money back, while preventing the three outlaws, as well as Benson, who is searching for the money to clear himself of conspiracy in the theft. Okay entry in the PRC Texas Rangers series, with back and forth interaction with Fabian, Benson, and Trigger's gang which at times seems to be going nowhere. The comedy relief with Wilkerson and Harvey gets tired quickly. Fabian's nervousness around guns was a good quirk for the villain, but it would have been better for the film to have the mystery villain angle played further. Thank goodness the film was saved by a well done action packed finish. Other than that, the film may be of interest only to B western fans. Rating, based on B westerns, 5.

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