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The Arizona Ranger (1948)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Western | 15 May 1948 (USA)
Bob Morgan returns home but alienates his father by not staying at his ranch. Instead he becomes the head of the new Arizona Rangers. Matters get worse between father and son when when his ... See full summary »


John Rawlins


Norman Houston (original screenplay)


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A young aristocrat's daughter is witness to a high profile murder and the only agency trusted to bring her in is the Arizona Rangers, a task made all the more difficult by her unwillingness to get involved.



Complete credited cast:
Tim Holt ... Bob Morgan
Jack Holt ... Rawhide Morgan
Nan Leslie ... Laura Butler
Richard Martin ... Chito Rafferty
Steve Brodie ... Quirt Butler
Paul Hurst ... Ben Riddle
James Nolan ... Nimino Welch (as Jim Nolan)
Robert Bray ... Jasper Todd
Richard Benedict ... Ranger Gills
William Phipps ... Ranger Mac
Harry Harvey ... Payton - Stagecoach Agent


Bob Morgan returns home but alienates his father by not staying at his ranch. Instead he becomes the head of the new Arizona Rangers. Matters get worse between father and son when when his father catches a man he believes to be a murderer and Bob breaks up his lynching party. When the outlaw is broken out of jail by his gang, Bob is relieved of his position. Not giving up, he now heads out alone to face the gang. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Release Date:

15 May 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kvick i nyporna See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA 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?


The film takes place shortly after September 15, 1898 - the date Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders were officially disbanded - as depicted by the newspaper headline Rawhide receives in the mail. See more »


At the beginning of the film, when Rawhide receives the telegram, there is a smokey fire being used to brand calves. However, in the next shot, the fire is out. See more »


Chito Rafferty: [to Bob as his father rides away with Laura] I don't trust him. You better be careful - you're gonna have a mother instead of a wife!
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Rustlers - Rogues - Rocks - Regret.
17 August 2015 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

The Arizona Ranger is directed by John Rawlins and written by Norman Houston. It stars Tim Holt, Jack Holt, Nan Leslie, Richard Martin, Steve Brodie and Paul Hurst. Music is by Paul Sawtell and cinematography by J. Roy Hunt.

Returning home from his service with the Rough Riders, Bob Morgan falls out with his father when he announces that he does not want to work on the family ranch. He instead has signed up to become one of the Arizona Rangers, which is timely as there is a nefarious element operating in the area, the leader of which has a wife that seems to need Bob's help.

Clocking in at just over an hour in length, it's surprising to find that this "B" Western has more to offer than merely yee-haw histrionics. There's a well written and emotionally fraught father and son dynamic here, being played by real life father and son Jack and Tim Holt, while the role of lone female Nan Leslie rises well above being just a piggy in the middle romantic token - with a spousal abuse angle adding some potency to the pressure cooker atmosphere.

On the flip-side there's enough 1940s style Western staples to cheer the genre faithful. Fist-fights aplenty, hold-ups, shoot-outs, a jailbreak and a whole ream of quality horsemanship on show, both solo and via wagons and carriages. It's also got some genuine smile inducing humour, normally when Richard Martin's Chito Rafferty is involved, and Brodie as a bully boy serves further notice to what an icon of bad guy roles he was in the 40s and 50s.

With the lovely Santa Clarita backdrop helping to keep the tech credits high, and the expert use of the word lollygagging! This is a thoroughly enjoyable Oater yarn, one that's not without some screenplay smarts either. 7/10

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