Outlaws of the Range (1936)

Genres - Action, Western  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |  
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Silent screen Western hero Bill Cody co-starred with his son, Bill, Jr., in this inexpensive Western produced by Poverty Row entrepreneur Ray Kirkwood's Spectrum Pictures Corp. Cody, Sr. played Steve Hopper, a cowboy falsely accused of murdering a local rancher, Wilson (William McCall), a crime actually committed by rustler Grant (Gordon Griffith). With the help of young Jimmy Wilson (Bill Cody, Jr.), Hopper breaks out of jail, and together they overhear Grant admitting to the frame-up. The greedy villain attempts to force lovely Betty Grant (Catherine Cotter) to sign over the deed to her ranch, but the Hoppers interfere and manage to bring the entire Grant gang to justice. This was the last of eight low-budget Westerns produced by Kirkwood and starring the Codys. Increasingly gaunt and visibly in ill health, Cody, Sr. was nearing the end of his long career; he retired in 1939. Surprisingly, story and continuity for Outlaws of the Range was credited to Zarah Tazil, a Swedish-born actress who had earlier appeared in such B-Westerns as Cyclone Ranger and Six Gun Justice, both in 1935.

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bad-guy, cowboy, good-guy, outlaw [Western]