Bandit Ranger (1942)

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Rancher Clay Travers finds and brings in the body of ranger Frank Mattison, murdered on the road to Trail City, where he had been sent to deal with an outbreak of cattle rustling. ... See full summary »


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5 September 2011 | bkoganbing
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| A little too clever
Although this is a Tim Holt western, the title role is played by perennial western villain LeRoy Mason who plays a killer who shoots down a Texas Ranger and steals his badge and identity. It is rancher Tim Holt who hears the shooting and comes to a dying Dennis Moore who points Holt to a moneybelt he was wearing that Mason and his henchmen didn't notice. It contains a letter of identification and some money that he was carrying for his sister Joan Barclay who was meeting him in town.

Holt does not expose Mason when he brings in Moore's body, he's hoping in some way that Mason will lead him to who's doing a lot of cattle rustling. But that proves a little too clever and Mason turns the table on him and it's Tim that's wanted for Moore's murder.

This was usually the kind of gambit you might more often find in a Roy Rogers western although usually played for a little more humor. Nevertheless Tim does carry it off.

Cliff Edwards whose career had a renaissance of sorts when he introduced When You Wish Upon A Star for Walt Disney in Pinnochio is playing the sidekick role for Tim Holt. That's another thing you would find in a Rogers western, a sidekick who was too stupid to know what was going on so Holt would have to explain his moves to him and the audience. Andy Devine was usually just such a sidekick in many Roy Rogers films of the Forties.

Again a quality B western from RKO for Tim Holt.

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