Code of the Range (1936)

Genres - Action, Western  |   Run Time - 58 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Having settled a feud between ranchers and homesteaders in his initial Western for Columbia Pictures, handsome Charles Starrett got himself involved in yet another B-Western perennial in his fourth: the fight between cattle ranchers and sheepmen. Lee Jamison (Starrett) and his friend Ed Randall (Edmund Cobb are the only cattlemen not opposed to sheepherders sharing their grazing land. Saloonkeeper Barney Ross (Albert J. Smith, takes umbrage to this decision and attempts to form an opposing vigilante. Blackmailing bank clerk Quigley (Ralph McCullough) into foreclosing on Jamison's ranch, Ross then purchases the place and forbids the sheepmen to enter. When Jamison protests, Ross has him framed in a bank robbery. But at the trial, Quigley is made to reveal his own part in the treachery and Ross is arrested. With the feud settled, Jamison is free to marry rancher's daughter Janet Parker (Mary Blake). Having signed a contract with Columbia in late 1935 (at a reported $400 a weak), Starrett went on to make 131 Westerns, the longest run by any cowboy star for a single studio.

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bad-guy, cattlemen, cowboy, good-guy, killing, range-war, sheepmen, witness