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The Phantom Cowboy (1935)

Approved | | Action, Romance, Western
Bill Collins meets up with his look-alike the Phantom and is soon involved in his fight with Buck Houston. Houston has a big robbery planned but the Phantom beats him to it. Bill fights off... See full summary »


Robert J. Horner


Carl Krusada (story)




Cast overview:
Ted Wells ... Bill Collins
Doris Brook ... Ruth Rogers
George Chesebro ... Buck Houston / The Phantom
Jimmy Aubrey ... Ptomaine Pete
Richard Cramer ... Hank Morgan
Lew Meehan ... Mason - Crooked Foreman
Frank Clark Frank Clark ... Sheriff
James Sheridan James Sheridan ... Jack Rogers (as Cherry Tausie)
Rosamond Wagman Rosamond Wagman ... Rancher's Daughter


Bill Collins meets up with his look-alike the Phantom and is soon involved in his fight with Buck Houston. Houston has a big robbery planned but the Phantom beats him to it. Bill fights off Houston's men only to find the Phantom shot and dying and unaware that Houston is about to finish him off also. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Aywon Film See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The same stretch of road is used repeatedly, for example during the runaway stagecoach scenes at the beginning of the film. See more »

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Ptomaine Pete---the Jar-Jar Binks of the 1930s!
5 January 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Many people have felt that Jar-Jar Binks was one of the most awful and annoying sidekicks in movie history. While I definitely agree, memories of Jar-Jar were conjured up as I watched an old B-western--"The Phantom Cowboy". Why? Well, because Pete (Jimmy Aubrey) was so incredibly loud, over-acted and just plain irritating!! In a way, however, he is a blessing as his horrible acting makes the rest of the horrible acting a little less obvious.

As for the leading man, Ted Wells, he had a minor handicap that soon became apparent--he simply could not act. Again and again, he delivers his dialog like he's reading it off cue cards. There is practically no emotion behind it and his delivery is completely flat. As a result, he has the charisma of a Kleenex. To make things worse, he plays dual roles--so you get a double-dose of incompetent acting. Even for a super low-budget B, his and the rest of the acting is simply dreadful--and worse than an Ed Wood film! As far as the plot goes, I actually had a hard time paying attention to it because I was just fixated on the bad acting. However, the story is about some idiot (Ted Wells) riding around with a cape wrapped around his face and robbing stages. The way he looked was actually pretty funny--and reminiscent of the dentist who pretended he was Bela Lugosi in "Plan 9 From Outer Space" when Lugosi died part-way through the production! Later, he meets a cowboy (also Ted Wells) and his moronic friend (Aubrey) and they have some sort of dull adventure or whatever...

The bottom line is that I am apparently a person that will watch almost anything (with almost 10000 reviews to my credit) and love low-budget B-films. So, if I think it's a dreadful film than that should say something! Frankly, I can't think of anything positive to say about this full film make by rank amateurs. Well, other than it's great for the laughs it unintentionally elicits! For example, watching characters reading their lines poorly and the fake mustache at about 13 minutes into the film--they are pretty hilarious!

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