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Law of the Ranger (1937)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Western | 11 May 1937 (USA)
Working undercover, Rangers Bob and Wally arrive to take up ranching. Out to stop them is Bill Nash and his men. When Bob plans to file on a ranch, Nash finds out and heads for the Registrar ahead of him.


Nate Gatzert (screenplay), Jesse Duffy (story) (as Jesse A. Duffy) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Robert Allen ... Bob Allen (as Bob Allen)
Elaine Shepard ... Evelyn Polk
John Merton ... Bill Nash
Hal Taliaferro ... Wally Hood
Lafe McKee ... Mr. Polk
Tom London ... Henchman Pete
Slim Whitaker ... Henchman Steve (as Charles Whittaker)
Ernie Adams ... Zeke (as Ernest Adams)
Lane Chandler ... Cal Williams


Gateway Valley is of inestimable value to Bill Nash, owner of the local water company and big boss of the town. The valley is land-locked with the exception of a bottle-neck pass, making it idea for the construction of a reservoir by Nash to gain control of all water-rights in the surrounding country. In order to intimidate the settlers, Nash and his gang have secretly carried on a reign of terror ending with the murder of Baldwin, who claimed the bottle-neck property. Crusading newspaper editor Polk and his daughter, Evelyn, have done their best to stir up indignation against Nash, but they are helpless. Nash is in the newspaper office threatening Polk when Bob Allen and his partner, Wally Hood, enter and announce they are strangers looking for a homestead. Polk tells them about the Baldwin property and Nash advises them to keep away. Later, Nash does an about face by urging Allen to stake a claim but doesn't tell him that the claim registrar is out of town for two weeks. Evelyn sets... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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BOB'S FISTS SMASH THE TERROR RIDERS OF THE PLAINS! (original lobby card-all caps) See more »


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Release Date:

11 May 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Terror da Vila See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (R.C.A. Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of over a hundred Columbia features, mostly Westerns, sold to Hygo Television Films in the 1950s, who marketed them under the name of Gail Pictures; opening credits were redesigned, with some titles misspelled, the credit order of the players rearranged, some names misspelled, and new end titles attached, thus eliminating any evidence of their Columbia roots. Apparently, the original material was not retained in most of the cases, and the films have survived, even in the Sony library, only with these haphazardly created replacement opening and end credits. See more »


Two-gun ranger Bob Allen whips out both pistols and level them on Bill Nash and his owlhoots. After a quick cutaway, Bob draws his right gun from its holster again. See more »

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Water Rights
23 October 2009 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

You know it would stand to reason that if one were going undercover, one would not dress like the typical B western hero. But that's not what the movie-going public expected of their cowboy heroes like Ranger Bob Allen.

Law Of The Ranger was part of the Ranger Bob series of B westerns that Columbia was doing at the time, every studio had its B film cowboys and Republic had hardly anything else. Robert Allen and Hal Taliaferro play a couple of Texas Rangers going undercover as homesteaders to find out why a lot of people keep getting dead in Rainbow Valley.

This one's about the water rights and Allen and Taliaferro settle on an abandoned homestead coveted by villain John Merton. Also Allen finds time for a little romance with Elaine Shepherd who helps run the newspaper whose editorial policy against claim jumping Merton doesn't like.

One really annoying device this film's plot had was to have flannelmouth Ernie Adams be constantly given confidences and promptly spilling them for a small handout for booze. I mean, really hero or villain, would you trust this guy?

I shouldn't be too harsh with Law Of The Ranger it was made for the Saturday matinée kiddie trade, but even a 9 year old might find some problems with the plot.

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