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Bandit Ranger (1942)

Rancher Clay Travers finds and brings in the body of ranger Frank Mattison, murdered on the road to Trail City, where he had been sent to deal with an outbreak of cattle rustling. ... See full summary »


Lesley Selander


Bennett Cohen (story) (as Bennett R. Cohen), Bennett Cohen (original screenplay) (as Bennett R. Cohen) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Tim Holt ... Clay Travers
Cliff Edwards ... Ike (as Cliff 'Ukulele Ike' Edwards)
Joan Barclay ... Sally Mattison
Kenneth Harlan ... Mark Kenyon
LeRoy Mason ... Ed Martin (as Leroy Mason)
Glenn Strange ... Frank Curtis
Jack Rockwell ... Joe - Stage Driver
Frank Ellis Frank Ellis ... Henchman
Bob Kortman ... Henchman
Bud Geary ... Henchman
Dennis Moore ... Frank Mattison
Russell Wade ... Tex - Clay's Ranchhand


Rancher Clay Travers finds and brings in the body of ranger Frank Mattison, murdered on the road to Trail City, where he had been sent to deal with an outbreak of cattle rustling. Businessman Art Kenyon, who has hired gunman Ed Martin to impersonate Mattison to further his rustling schemes, quickly changes Martin's story and has Travers framed for the ranger's murder. Managing to escape, Travers must come up with proof to clear his name and bring the true killers to justice. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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FISTS FLY....AND BULLETS WHINE! (original print ad-all caps) See more »


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Release Date:

25 September 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Singing Guns See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was the first of six movies hurriedly made by RKO between May 1942 and July 1942, before 'Tim Holt' went into military service. See more »


In the first six minutes of the film, the Ranger Frank Mattison is being chased by bandits and is shot off his horse. While on his horse, he was wearing all black clothing. When shown on the ground, however, he is wearing all white clothing. See more »


Remake of The Fighting Legion (1930) See more »


Move Along Little Dogie
Written by Fred Rose and Ray Whitley
Performed by Cliff Edwards
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Tim Holt does it again
20 June 2008 | by kmoh-1See all my reviews

Very shortly after doing the Magnificent Ambersons, Tim Holt was making Bandit Ranger, one of his innumerable and indistinguishable Westerns. They were all pretty enjoyable, and short enough not to outstay their welcome, and this is no exception. Holt is very young for a rancher, but has the screen presence to overcome this handicap.

The plot is absolutely routine: Holt uncovers a murder, for which he is blamed, and has to clear his name while simultaneously keeping a pretty girl out of danger. The girl, as is traditional in this plot, doesn't know Holt, and so he has to win her trust ... and maybe love? This is the plot of dozens of Holt films; here the part of the idiot sidekick is played, not by Richard Martin who came along later, but Cliff Edwards - more of a clown in his Ukelele Ike role, and he has a couple of nice musical numbers. The baddies are bad and plausible. The girl (Joan Barclay) is a bit dim. The twist where the bad guys turn the tables on Tim Holt is a clever one.

All in all, very entertaining in its lower case way.

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