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Arizona Stage Coach (1942)

The Range Busters help a young man framed as the leader of an outlaw gang that has been holding up stage coaches.


S. Roy Luby


Oliver Drake (story), Arthur Hoerl (adaptation)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Corrigan ... Crash Corrigan (as Ray 'Crash' Corrigan)
John 'Dusty' King ... Dusty King
Max Terhune ... Alibi Terhune (as Max 'Alibi' Terhune)
Elmer Elmer ... Elmer, Alibi's dummy
Nell O'Day ... Dorrie Willard
Charles King ... Tim Douglas
Riley Hill ... Ernie Willard (as Roy Harris)
Kermit Maynard ... Strike
Carl Mathews Carl Mathews ... Henchman Ace
Slim Whitaker ... Henchman Red
Slim Harkey Slim Harkey ... Henchman Panhandle
Steve Clark ... Stage Driver Jake
Frank Ellis Frank Ellis ... Stage Guard Dan
Jack Ingram ... Sheriff
Stanley Price ... Tex Laughlin


In the midst of some friendly horseplay on their "Flying R" ranch, the Range Busters, Crash Corrigan, Dusty King and Alibi Terhune, are sobered by the arrival of a buckboard bearing their old friend Larry Meadows and his niece Dorrie Willard. Meadows seeks their aid against a gang of outlaws terrorizing his town. Ernie Willard, Dorrie's brother, has been taken in by Tex Laughlin who is using the Willard ranch as an undercover for his real occupation as a member of a gang of outlaws led by Tim Douglas, a supposed friend of the Willards. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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THE RANGE BUSTERS SHOOT STRAIGHT...BUT TO KILL (original poster - all caps) See more »


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Release Date:

4 September 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arizona Stagecoach See more »

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Range Busters See more »
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1.37 : 1
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This film's earliest documented telecast occurred Thursday 5 July 1945 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). Post-WWII television viewers got their first look at it in New York City Saturday 26 March 1949 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Los Angeles Saturday 14 May 1949 on KTTV (Channel 11), in Philadelphia Sunday 27 November 1949 on Frontier Playhouse on WPTZ (Channel 3), in Chicago Monday 5 December 1949 on WGN (Channel 9), and in Cincinnati Tuesday 20 December 1949 on WKRC (Channel 11). See more »


Elmer, Alibi's dummy: Alibi, come here.
Alibi Terhune: What's bothering you, Elmer?
Elmer, Alibi's dummy: Who's going to take that money to the stage office?
Alibi Terhune: Well, I am, I reckon.
Elmer, Alibi's dummy: That's what I was afraid of. You better take me along to protect you.
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Follows The Range Busters (1940) See more »


Red River Valley
Music by James Kerrigen
Sung by John 'Dusty' King (as John King)
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Imagine....a lynch mob rushing to judgment!
27 May 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

During the 1930s and 40s, Republic Pictures had a lot of success with their Three Mesquiteers western series. However, after a dispute about money, the Mesquiteers left for Monogram Studios. And, unlike the Mesquiteers, had a much more stable lineup of heros, with Ray Corrigan, John 'Dusty' King, Max Terhune appearing in most of the films in the series. I generally enjoyed the films though there was one odd thing about all of them...Terhune. It seems that in addition to being a hero, he was also a ventriloquist and often took his dummy, Elmer, with him on adventures....which, if you think about it, is really stupid!

The Range Busters have been asked to head to Stoney Creek, as there have been a string of stage coach robberies there. And, it's very fortunate they've headed there, as Ernie Willard has been accused of the crimes...though he was just trying to give the stolen money back after he caught one of the gang members with it. The dumb posse wouldn't listen and was about to string up Ernie...so Ernie skidaddled to save his skin. The Range Busters meet with Ernie and convince him to stay in hiding while they investigate the case.

This is pretty much what you'd expect from a Range Busters film except for one thing....Elmer acts in the film WITHOUT Max in one scene. In other words, he talks with Corrigan and King and you see no Max anywhere....and the scene played like Elmer was alive...which is very creepy...hence I deducted a point. Apart from this creepy scene, the usual production values and acting are in the film and the story pretty decent for a B-western.

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