The Ghost Rider (1943)

Genres - Horror  |   Sub-Genres - Hybrid Western, Supernatural Horror  |   Run Time - 58 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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In his first of 20 "Nevada McKenzie" Westerns for Monogram Pictures, brawny Johnny Mack Brown plays the title role, a drifter happening upon the dying owner of a local abattoir (Jack Daley). The latter, with his dying breath, warns our hero about Lash Edwards (Harry Woods, a cattle rustler turned empire builder who is terrorizing the local businessmen. Using the assumed name of Jack Mckenzie, Nevada, aka The Ghost Rider, befriends the dead man's son (Tom Seidel), hoping through him to get the goods on Edwards, whom he suspects of having murdered his own parents. Working alternately with and against Nevada is Sandy Hopkins (Raymond Hatton), an undercover U.S. marshal. Although Nevada refuses Sandy's offer to join the marshals in the last scene of The Ghost Rider, insisting on "carrying out his crusade alone," the two are both lawmen when reunited for the second film in the series, The Stranger from Pecos (1943).

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cowboy, evil, ghost, outlaw [Western], supernatural, countryside, phantom, range, search, terror