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The Range Busters

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The Range Busters
Directed byS. Roy Luby
Screenplay byJohn Rathmell
Produced byGeorge W. Weeks
StarringRay "Crash" Corrigan
John "Dusty" King
Max "Alibi" Terhune
Luana Walters
LeRoy Mason
Earle Hodgins
CinematographyEdward Linden
Edited byS. Roy Luby
Production
companies
Phoenix Productions, Inc.
Distributed byMonogram Pictures
Release date
  • August 22, 1940 (1940-08-22)
Running time
56 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

The Range Busters is a 1940 American Western film directed by S. Roy Luby and written by John Rathmell. The film is the first in Monogram Pictures' "Range Busters" series, and it stars Ray "Crash" Corrigan as Crash, John "Dusty" King as Dusty and Max "Alibi" Terhune as Alibi, with Luana Walters, LeRoy Mason and Earle Hodgins. It was released on August 22, 1940.[1][2][3]

The "Range Busters" series ran from 1940 to 1943 and encompassed 24 films, with the first 16 starring Corrigan, King and Terhune.[3]

Plot

The Circle T Ranch is terrorized by a series of murders, culminating in the death of the ranch owner, Homer Thorp. His daughter, Carol, is being pressured into selling the ranch by the villainous Torrence. The three Range Busters—Crash, Dusty and Alibi—ride into town and save Carol from the bully. She offers them a job on the ranch, and they learn from Carol's friend Doc Stengle that the ranch is cursed, haunted by a Phantom. Torrence's gang of gunrunners are hiding in an abandoned mine on the property, and the Range Busters are kept busy rounding up the gang and discovering the true identity of the mysterious Phantom.

Cast

Reception

Hal Erickson wrote on Allmovie.com, "The initial entry was as much a whodunit as a western, with the heroic triumvirate trying to ascertain the identity of The Phantom, a mysterious murderer. The revelation of the culprit will be a surprise to anyone who hasn't caught on to the clues planted in Reel One. Boasting good performances and well-chosen, unfamiliar outdoor locations, The Range Busters was an auspicious start to one of Monogram's most lucrative series."[2]

See also

The Range Busters series:

References

  1. ^ "The Range Busters (1940) - Overview". TCM.com. Retrieved February 1, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Hans J. Wollstein. "The Range Busters (1940) - Roy Luby". AllMovie. Retrieved February 1, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "The Range Busters". Catalog.afi.com. Retrieved February 1, 2020.

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