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The Phantom Rider (1946)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Western | 26 January 1946 (USA)
A reservation's new doctor masquerades as the legendary Indian god, "the Phantom Rider", to catch gang looting the reservation, unaware the leader is a phony Indian Agent.


Spencer Gordon Bennet (as Spencer Bennet), Fred C. Brannon (as Fred Brannon)


Albert DeMond (original screenplay), Basil Dickey (original screenplay) | 3 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Kent ... Dr. Jim Sterling / The Phantom Rider
Peggy Stewart ... Doris Shannon
LeRoy Mason ... Fred Carson
George J. Lewis ... Blue Feather
Kenne Duncan ... Ben Brady - Henchman
Hal Taliaferro ... Nugget
Chief Thundercloud ... Chief Yellow Wolf
Tom London ... Ceta - Medicine Man
Roy Barcroft ... The Marshal [Ch. 1]
Monte Hale ... Cowboy Cass [Ch. 1]
John Hamilton ... Sen. Williams [Chs. 7-8]
Hugh Prosser Hugh Prosser ... Keeler
Jack Kirk ... Deputy Sheriff [Chs. 1-9]
Rex Lease ... Randall - Stage Driver [Ch. 5]
Tommy Coats Tommy Coats ... Tim - Henchman [Ch. 1 & 11] / Indian [ch 12]


Indian agent Fred Carson is secretly the leader of a band of outlaws, using his official position to loot the U.S. Government if Indian allotment money. Aided by Ceta, the tribal Medicine Man, Carson directs raiding and robbing activities, both against the Indians and the local ranchers. Their hideout is on the Indian Reservation where a federal law prohibits local lawmen from following the outlaws. Carson's primary opposition is Indian Chief Yellow Wolf, who is aided by his son Blue Feather,and local doctor Jim Sterling, schoolteacher Doris Hammond and an old prospector named Nugget. They attempt to form an Indian Police Force with government backing, and draw up a petition, appealing to Congress for the authorization to enable the Indians to fight the outlaws on their own ground. After an attempt by Carson and Ceta to kill Blue Feather fails, Sterling, wearing an Indian face-mask, disguise himself as a Phantom Rider in order to wage a vigilante war against the outlaws. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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ACTION-PACKED ADVENTURE...as a fearless daredevil outwits a gang of treacherous outlaws in the serial thrill of the year! (original poster) See more »


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Release Date:

26 January 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ghost Riders of the West See more »


Box Office


$138,925 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs


(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


CHAPTER TITLES: 1. The Avenging Spirit; 2. Flaming Ambush; 3. Hoofs of Doom; 4. Murder Masquerade; 5. Flying Fury; 6. Blazing Peril; 7. Gaunlet of Guns; 8. Behind the Mask; 9. The Captive Chief; 10. Beats At Bay; 11. The Death House; 12. The Last Stand. See more »


Referenced in Bowser Makes a Movie (2005) See more »

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26 April 2007 | by tomwalSee all my reviews

As serials go, this one has the usual exciting cliffhangers and excellent stunt work found in most Republic Pictures cliffhangers. The plot is standard with a phony Indian agent making a lucrative living raiding and stealing from the Indians. When the Indians decide ,with the aid of the local doctor , to form the Indian police and protect their land, the gang led by LeRoy Mason and Kenne Duncan turn up the heat. The doctor played by Robert Kent and the chiefs son Blue Feather,played by George J.Lewis take on the gang.To rally the Indians cause, the schoolteacher played by Peggy Stewart and the doctor re-create a legendary Indian God ,The Spirit Rider to fight the gang. For twelve chapters, The Rider manages to second guess Mason and his gang. Ably directed by Brannon and Bennett; Kent, Stewart, and Lewis head a good supporting cast. Not an outstanding serial, but still an entertaining two hours of cliffhanger viewing.

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