The Haunted Range (1926)

Genres - Action, Mystery, Western  |  
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A very young Ken Maynard stars in this his first series of westerns produced by poverty row's J. Charles Davis. To publicize his little oaters, Davis hired six former Ziegfeld chorus girls and billed them The Six Hollywood Beauties. The writers (here the dependable Frank Howard Clark) were then given the unenviable task of placing the girls in a western setting. Here they appear, a bit uneasily, as diners in a cantina scene. The story is the usual one in which the hero must solve the murder of his benefactor within six months in order to inherit a valuable ranch. Maynard being Maynard does just that, and in much less than six months. The task is made a lot easier by the presence of Tom London, a character actor almost always on the wrong side of the law. London plays a masked killer known as the "The Black Rider," and the mystery isn't very mysterious.

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conflict, cowboy, girl, horse, inheritance, investigation, killing, murder, opportunity, ranch, romance, shoot-out