Bad Men of Thunder Gap (1943)

Passed | | Action, Music, Western | 5 March 1943 (USA)
Texas Rangers Tex Wyatt (Dave O'Brien) and Jim Steele (James Newill) arrive in Thunder Gap as undercover Rangers to investigate the hijacking of supply wagons of food for the miners. They ... See full summary »


Albert Herman


Elmer Clifton (original story and screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Dave O'Brien ... Texas Ranger Tex Wyatt (as Dave Tex O'Brien)
James Newill ... Texas Ranger Jim Steele (as Jim Newill)
Guy Wilkerson ... Texas Ranger Panhandle Perkins
Janet Shaw ... Martha Stewart
Jack Ingram ... Ed Ransom (as Jack Ingraham)
Charles King ... Henchman Pete
Michael Vallon ... John Hobbs
Lucille Vance ... Matilda Matthews
Tom London ... Hank Turner
I. Stanford Jolley ... Henchman Horne
Bud Osborne ... Henchman Clem
Jimmy Aubrey ... Frank Rand
Cal Shrum Cal Shrum ... Accordion Player
The Rhythm Rangers The Rhythm Rangers ... Musicians, Rangers
Robert Hoag Robert Hoag ... Fiddle Player (as The Rhythm Rangers)


Texas Rangers Tex Wyatt (Dave O'Brien) and Jim Steele (James Newill) arrive in Thunder Gap as undercover Rangers to investigate the hijacking of supply wagons of food for the miners. They come to town as members of a medicine-wagon troupe headed by another Ranger, Panhandle Perkins (Guy Wilkerson). Tex discovers the offices of the Hard Rock Mining Company being robbed by Ed Ransom (Jack Ingram), owner of the local freight company. One of Ransom's gang slugs Tex and kills an official of the mining company. Ransom tells the townspeople he arrived at the scene too late to stop the robbery and the killing and blames Tex. Written by Les Adams <>

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The SIX-GUN TWINS! (print ad for "Thundergap Outlaw" - mostly caps) See more »


Action | Music | Western


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Release Date:

5 March 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Thunder Gap Outlaws See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The earliest documented telecast of this film in New York City occurred Monday 16 December 1946 on WNBT (Channel 4). See more »


Followed by Border Buckaroos (1943) See more »


Ride, Ride, Ride
Written by Cal Shrum
Performed by Cal Shrum and The Rhythm Rangers
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Starved off the claims
11 May 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This film from the PRC studio's Texas Ranger series finds Jim Newill, Dave O'Brien, and Guy Wilkerson the Cal Shrum Band as Texas Rangers on yet another undercover mission.

The town of Thunder Gap is a mining community and there has been a systematic string of robberies of food supplies for the miners. If it continues on into the winter the miners will be forced off their claims.

My problem with this western is aside from the usual shoddiness of PRC films in general that if you can't figure out who's behind all this you have to be about maybe 2 years old. Obvious the second the character is introduced.

Some forgettable cowboy ballads and a goodnatured rivalry between Newill and O'Brien over the storekeeper's niece is about the remainder of this Texas Ranger western from PRC.

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