The Kid's Last Ride (1941)

55 mins | Western | 10 February 1941

Director:

S. Roy Luby

Writer:

Earle Snell

Producer:

George W. Weeks

Cinematographer:

Robert Cline

Editor:

Roy Claire

Production Company:

Phoenix Productions, Inc.
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HISTORY

A working title for this film was Prairie Schooldays . Although copyright records list Range Busters, Inc. as the copyright claimant for this film, the onscreen credits indicate that the film was copyrighted by Phoenix Productions. Although the Var review says "songs: Harry Tobias, Jean George, Roy Ingraham," Ingraham did not appear in the onscreen credits, and his contribution to the released film has not been determined. This film was the fifth in Monogram's Range Busters series. For additional information on the series, see the entry for The Range Busters in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.3620, and consult the Series ... More Less

A working title for this film was Prairie Schooldays . Although copyright records list Range Busters, Inc. as the copyright claimant for this film, the onscreen credits indicate that the film was copyrighted by Phoenix Productions. Although the Var review says "songs: Harry Tobias, Jean George, Roy Ingraham," Ingraham did not appear in the onscreen credits, and his contribution to the released film has not been determined. This film was the fifth in Monogram's Range Busters series. For additional information on the series, see the entry for The Range Busters in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.3620, and consult the Series Index. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
5 Apr 1941.
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Hollywood Reporter
13 Dec 40
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Dec 40
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Jan 41
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald
19 Apr 1941.
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Variety
26 Mar 41
p. 18.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITER
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
SOURCES
SONGS
"The Call of the Wild" and "It's All a Part of the Game," music and lyrics by Harry Tobias and Jean George
"Home on the Range," music by Dr. Brewster M. Higley, lyrics by Daniel E. Kelly.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Prairie Schooldays
Release Date:
10 February 1941
Production Date:
mid December--late December 1940
Copyright Claimant:
Range Busters, Inc.
Copyright Date:
10 February 1941
Copyright Number:
LP10342
Duration(in mins):
55
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
6971
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Years of family feuding and lawlessness in the small Kansas range town of Canyon City have led the town's Citizens Committee to seek the aid of The Range Busters to clean things up. While riding to the town, the three Range Busters, Alibi, Crash and Dusty, find themselves in a shoot-out with some gunmen intent on "discouraging" them from entering Canyon City. The intimidation effort is led by outlaw Robert Harmon and his brother Bart, who have been engaged in a long-standing feud with the Rowell family ever since Judge Rowell sentenced their younger brother to die. Although the Harmon gang does not succeed in scaring the Range Busters away during the gunfight, they do manage to steal their horses, forcing them to walk the rest of the way. Soon after the Range Busters are sworn in as peace officers, they are put right to work breaking up a fight at the Lady Luck Saloon. The Range Busters are next called to the village schoolhouse, where they meet schoolteacher Sally Rowell, daughter of the late Judge Rowell, who requires their help in finding a skunk hiding beneath the floorboards. Meanwhile, as part of their plan to avenge the death of their brother, the Harmon brothers plan to take away land belonging to the Rowell family. Jimmy, Sally's brother and ward, gets mixed up with the outlaws when Bart coerces him into helping them rob a local rancher. The robbery attempt is foiled, however, when the Range Busters arrive and engage the Harmon gang in a shoot-out. Jimmy is injured in the gun battle, and after eluding capture by the Range Busters, ... +


Years of family feuding and lawlessness in the small Kansas range town of Canyon City have led the town's Citizens Committee to seek the aid of The Range Busters to clean things up. While riding to the town, the three Range Busters, Alibi, Crash and Dusty, find themselves in a shoot-out with some gunmen intent on "discouraging" them from entering Canyon City. The intimidation effort is led by outlaw Robert Harmon and his brother Bart, who have been engaged in a long-standing feud with the Rowell family ever since Judge Rowell sentenced their younger brother to die. Although the Harmon gang does not succeed in scaring the Range Busters away during the gunfight, they do manage to steal their horses, forcing them to walk the rest of the way. Soon after the Range Busters are sworn in as peace officers, they are put right to work breaking up a fight at the Lady Luck Saloon. The Range Busters are next called to the village schoolhouse, where they meet schoolteacher Sally Rowell, daughter of the late Judge Rowell, who requires their help in finding a skunk hiding beneath the floorboards. Meanwhile, as part of their plan to avenge the death of their brother, the Harmon brothers plan to take away land belonging to the Rowell family. Jimmy, Sally's brother and ward, gets mixed up with the outlaws when Bart coerces him into helping them rob a local rancher. The robbery attempt is foiled, however, when the Range Busters arrive and engage the Harmon gang in a shoot-out. Jimmy is injured in the gun battle, and after eluding capture by the Range Busters, takes refuge at his sister's. To protect her brother, Sally hides him in a remote cabin and lies to Crash when he comes to arrest him. While the Harmon brothers devise a plan to kill Jimmy and Sally, Crash finds the Rowells's hideout and tries to arrest Jimmy. Sally, however, points her rifle at Crash, giving Jimmy the opportunity to flee. Outside the cabin, Jimmy notices the approaching Harmon brothers and decides to protect Sally by riding away on Crash's horse, knowing that the Harmons will go after Crash before they go after him and Sally. Jimmy succeeds in diverting the Harmons' attention from the cabin, but is shot in the ensuing chase. When Bob and Bart return to the cabin, they are met with gunfire from all three Range Busters, who manage to overpower the Harmons and arrest them. Crash and Sally soon find the wounded Jimmy, but he dies in his sister's arms shortly thereafter. Having rid Canyon City of the Harmons, the Range Busters pack up and leave for their next destination. +

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