Phantom Valley (1948)

Genres - Action, Western  |   Release Date - Feb 19, 1948 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 53 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Hans J. Wollstein

Someone is stirring things up between the ranchers and the homesteaders in Phantom Valley and Marshal Steve Collins (Charles Starrett) is assigned to look into matters. The situation becomes even more critical when one of the nesters, Jim Durant (Sam Flint), is abducted after having withdrawn the group's money from the local bank. But who is behind the crimes? Is it elderly attorney Sam Littlejohn (Joel Friedkin), whose cane has a highly unusual double purpose? Or is the secret menace Bob Reynolds (Robert Filmer), the head of the ranchers' association? Despite the unwanted assistance by correspondence-course detective (Smiley Burnette), Steve, alias The Durango Kid, manages to get goods on the mystery villain. In between muddling up the investigation and feuding with young apple-munching Chips (Teddy Infuhr), Smiley Burnette performs "I'll Be Glad to See You" while Ozie Waters and His Colorado Rangers take care of "Streets of Laredo (The Cowboy's Lament)" and "The Big Corral".