Synopsis by Hal Erickson
In keeping with its up-to-date title, the 1939 George O'Brien western Racketeers of the Range is set in "contemporary" Arizona. The villains are a band of brigands who've infiltrated the meat-packing industry. Cattle rancher O'Brien certainly has his hands full in this one, attempting to find out who's responsible for the wholesale rustling of his stock and contending with modern gangster methods. The climax is an incredible but somehow believable chase involving a horse and a high-speed train, with O'Brien leaping from his mount and landing on the hurtling locomotive with nary a hair out of place. Even more enjoyable is an early scene in which our stalwart hero is seen dancing the jitterbug with heroine Marjorie Reynolds.
bad-guy, cowboy, good-guy, ranch