The Range Busters (1940)

Genres - Western  |   Run Time - 55 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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In emulation of Republic's "Three Mesquiteers" western series, Monogram launched its own three-star sagebrush property, "The Range Busters"-which was also the name of the first film in the series. Former Mesquiteers Ray "Crash" Corrigan and Max Terhune comprised two-thirds of the Range Busters, with John "Dusty" King completing the trio. 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.

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killing, bad-guy, cowboy, good-guy, investigation, murder, phantom, range