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The Whispering Skull (1944)

Passed | | Western | 29 December 1944 (USA)
A mysterious night rider, who wears a mask and rides a horse that makes no hoof-beat sounds, has been terrorizing the countryside. The locals call him "The Whispering Skull." Texas Rangers ... See full summary »


Elmer Clifton


Harry L. Fraser (original screenplay) (as Harry Fraser)




Cast overview:
Tex Ritter ... Tex Haines
Dave O'Brien ... Dave Wyatt
Guy Wilkerson ... Panhandle Perkins
Denny Burke Denny Burke ... Ellen Jackson
I. Stanford Jolley ... Duke Walters
Henry Hall ... Judge Polk
George Morrell ... Sheriff Marvin Jackson
Ed Cassidy ... Doc Humphrey (as Edward Cassidy)
Bob Kortman ... Henchman Joe Carter (as Robert Kortman)
Wen Wright Wen Wright ... Mike Coram


A mysterious night rider, who wears a mask and rides a horse that makes no hoof-beat sounds, has been terrorizing the countryside. The locals call him "The Whispering Skull." Texas Rangers Tex Haines and Dave Wyatt are sent to solve the mystery. On the way, they witness the shooting of rancher Lafe Jeffers by the Skull. When they arrive at the shooting-scene they find an odd-shaped rock clenched in Jeffers' hand. Ranger Panhandle Perkins is accosted by Sheriff Jackson and a posse, and accused of being the mystery rider. Duke Walters and his henchmen,Joe Carter, Eilers, and Jake, attempt to lynch Perkins but Dave and Tex arrive in time to prevent the hanging. Later, Sheriff Jackson is mysteriously shot and his body taken to an empty-store building. Dave and "Doc" Humphrey discover he is still alive, but unconscious, and take him to a secret location. Ellen, the Sheriff's daughter, arrives and says she had received a letter from her father stating he knew the identity of The Whispering ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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MYSTERY STALKS THE NIGHT...As an Unknown Masked Killer Rides the Range! See more »




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29 December 1944 (USA) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Followed by Enemy of the Law (1945) See more »


In Case You Change Your Mind
Written by Tex Ritter and Bonnie Dodd
Sung by Tex Ritter
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Rangers Try to Find the Mystery Rider
8 December 2004 | by Mike-764See all my reviews

Texas Rangers Tex, Dave, and Panhandle arrive in Piyoute to apprehend the Whispering Skull, a night rider who wears a leather mask with a skull design and whose horse makes no noise and leaves no trail. The Skull has just murdered Lafe Jeffers, who was holding a strange brown rock that the Rangers seem to think must be a motive for the murder. In town, Duke Walters, resident bad guy, plan to commit a series of crimes and be able to pin them all on the Skull. Sheriff Jackson (who sent for the Rangers) swears out a warrant for the Skull and says he knows who he is and will able to serve the warrant out to him before the night is over. He is mysteriously shot in the back of Walters' saloon, but manages to live (known only by Tex, Dave, and Doc Humphrey) and is attended to so that he can reveal the Skull's identity. Panhandle, in the meantime, is made marshall of the town by Walters with the job of rounding up the Skull, but is called by his fellow Rangers to stop Walter's intended holdup of the stage, which the Skull would also like to rob. Another of the Texas Rangers series which sounds good on paper, but doesn't quite live up to expectations. The Skull is only in the beginning and end scenes, so he really isn't that imposing a villain, but the Skull suspects are good red herrings. The revelation doesn't reveal how the Skull's horse was able to noiseless and trackless which disappointed me. Tex Ritter's two songs were pretty good for the cheapie western. Rating, based on B westerns, 6.

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