Range Busters (distributed by Monogram Pictures Corp.)
The 24th and final western in the independently produced Range Busters series starring Ray Corrigan. An okay oater typical of its stablemates. IMDB rating 6.1.
Directed by Anthony Marshall. Released in 1943. Complete print. a.k.a. "Vengeance in the Saddle" (UK)
CAST NOTE: Besides acting in matinee serials and numerous B-westerns Ray "Crash" Corrigan is remembered for inhabiting gorilla suits in more than a dozen films such as "The White Gorilla" which is available here at IA in the Picfixer Feature Film Collection.
Typical and enjoyable "Range Busters" movie with Ray "Crash" Corrigan, singing cowboy Denny Moore and ventriloquist Max "Alibi" Terhune as the stars. The usual plot, bad guy saloon owner, here well acted by Glen Strange wants everybody's ranch and doesn't mind rustling, killing and burning down houses in his ruthless attempt to get what he wants. He is aided and abetted by perennial evil eyed henchmen John Merton (Mike Phelps), plus Steve Clark (Blair) and Joe Garcia (Butch). The beautiful Julie Duncan (Laura Craig) is the love interest: between 1940-44 she made 17 films/shorts and was credited in 14. She doesn't get a chance to ride a horse here but, under the name Marjorie Manning, she was a national champion in the steeplechase. A little extra spice is added by Rose Plumer (Mother Craig), the feisty and clever head of the family. Terhune gets to use his dummy "Elmer" just enough that it doesn't become tiresome, while Denny Moore sings a song or two and plays harmonica. Alog the way there is enough action - gun play, fist fights and fast riding - to keep things moving along. Enjoy a pleasant journey.