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Black Market Rustlers (1943)

Approved | | Crime, War, Western | 27 August 1943 (USA)
In this WW II film meant to discourage the purchase of black market beef, the Range Busters are called on to fight cattle rustlers. This time they're up against a gang that strikes fast by hauling the beef away in trucks.


S. Roy Luby


Patricia Harper (original screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Corrigan ... 'Crash' Corrigan (as Ray 'Crash' Corrigan)
Dennis Moore ... Denny Moore
Max Terhune ... 'Alibi' Terhune (as Max 'Alibi' Terhune)
Evelyn Finley ... Linda Prescott
Steve Clark ... Prescott
Glenn Strange ... Corbin (as Glen Strange)
Carl Sepulveda ... Sheriff Hanley
George Chesebro ... Slade
Hank Worden ... Slim
Frank Ellis Frank Ellis ... Henchman Kyper
John Merton ... Henchman Parry
Frosty Royce ... Ed
James Austin James Austin ... Guitar Player (as Jim Austin)
Jean Austin Jean Austin ... Yodeler (as Little Jean Austin)
Ingrid Austin Ingrid Austin ... Accordion Player


In this 23rd entry in Monogram's 24-film "Range Buster" series, the ranchers around Winston are having their cattle stolen, for black market purposes, by a gang of rustler's using trailer trucks. The government sends Range Busters Crash, Denny and Alibi to investigate and put an end to this activity. Crash comes across the body of the federal agent who had sent for him and is accused by gang-member Slade of the murder, and is turned over to Sheriff Harley. Denny takes a job on the ranch owned by Fred Prescott, and immediately falls in love with Prescott's daughter, Linda. Alibi finally convinces the sheriff that Crash is a federal agent and the sheriff agrees to let Crash work, using the jail cell as his cover. Alibi learns that Corbin, respected citizen, is actually the gang leader, and also discovers the truck used to convey the cattle to the slaughter house. Crash, Denny and Alibi secrete themselves in the truck and accompany the gang to their next raid. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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RATTLESNAKE OUTLAWS GET NO QUARTER! "Find 'em quick and shoot 'em quicker" is the code of these range-busters who battle the black market rats! (original poster) See more »


Crime | War | Western








Release Date:

27 August 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Range Busters #23 See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Range Busters See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film's earliest documented telecast in Los Angeles took place Saturday 25 February 1950 on KTTV (Channel 11). See more »


Follows Haunted Ranch (1943) See more »

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Not only illegal but unpatriotic
8 January 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This entry in Monogram's The Rangebusters series finds Dennis Moore, Ray Corrigan, and Max Terhune working for the Cattleman's Association in the modern day west of the World War II years. This was a time when rustling was not just a crime but unpatriotic as these rustlers are working with black marketeers to supply illegal beef.

Ray Corrigan has to spend a little time in stir when he's accused of murdering someone, but he turns it to his advantage. Glenn Strange owner of the local saloon and George Chesebro veteran western heavy are the villains here.

Even rounding up cattle thieves is a patriotic act to help win the war against Mr. Hitler. A little history lesson is probably needed for some viewers who don't understand wartime rationing. B western fans will like it any old way.

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