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Wild Horse Phantom (1944)

A lawman stages a prison break so a gang of imprisoned robbers will lead him to their hidden loot.


Sam Newfield


George Wallace Sayre (original story and screenplay) (as George Milton), Milton Raison (original story and screenplay) (as George Milton)


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Cast overview:
Buster Crabbe ... Billy Carson
Falcon Falcon ... Billy's Horse
Al St. John ... Fuzzy Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John)
Janet Warren ... Marian Garnet (as Elaine Morey)
Kermit Maynard ... Link Daggett - Gang Leader
Budd Buster ... Ed Garnet
Hal Price ... Banker Clipp Walters
Robert Meredith Robert Meredith ... Tom Hanlon
Frank Ellis Frank Ellis ... Kallen - Henchman
Frank McCarroll ... Moffett - Henchman
John Cason ... Lucas - Henchman (as Bob Cason)
John Elliott ... Prison Warden


Billy Carson gets the Governor to let Daggett and his gang escape from prison in hopes that they will lead him to the money they got when they robbed the bank. Billy and Fuzzy trail the gang to an old mine, but it looks like Billy's plan will fail when Daggett is unable to remember where he hid the money. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Release Date:

28 October 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Gespenst des wilden Pferdes See more »

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1.37 : 1
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The earliest documented telecasts of this film took place in both New York City and Baltimore Sunday 27 February 1949 on WCBS (Channel 2) and on WMAR (Channel 2). See more »


Although four men break out of prison, stock footage of five riders is used for the getaway sequence. See more »


References The Devil Bat (1940) See more »

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The loot's in the mine
6 June 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Wild Horse Phantom which incidentally has nothing to do with wild horses opens in what you would think is a modern setting in a prison. Some stock footage from a prison picture is used showing Kermit Maynard and his gang escaping. But it's all part of a plan set up by Buster Crabbe so that Maynard will lead the gang to the loot he stashed from his last job.

For some reason some kid is forced to come along even though he's not part of the gang and he's shot when he wants to go back. As he's a friend of Crabbe's sidekick Al St. John that makes it personal.

At the same time a skinflint banker is trying to foreclose on ranches in the area. It was his bank that got robbed and the depositors were those said ranchers. They can't pay on their mortgages so he's cleaning up.

All the action takes place in an old mine where Maynard stashed the loot and where everybody's looking for it.

The inconsistencies of time and place are really bad even for a poverty row PRC release. At the same time the comedy of Al St. John truly redeems this film somewhat. Fuzzy's fight with Bela Lugosi's Devil Bat also a PRC release is hilarious. Might be worth tuning in for that alone.

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