Trail Riders (1942)

55 mins | Western | 4 December 1942

Cinematographer:

Robert Cline

Editor:

Ray Curtiss

Production Company:

Range Busters, Inc.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Dead Men Don't Ride . Writer Frances Kavanaugh's name is misspelled "Francis" in the onscreen credits, which note that the song "Oh! Susanna" was performed by John King. Although copyright records list Mickey Harrison (later known as Sunset Carson) in the cast as "Hammond, Jr.," Kenneth Duncan is credited onscreen and appears in the role. Modern sources include in the cast Frank LaRue, Bud Osborne, Tex Palmer, Richard Cramer and Frank Ellis. For further information on the "Range Busters" series, see the entry for The Range Busters in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.3620, and consult the Series ... More Less

The working title of this film was Dead Men Don't Ride . Writer Frances Kavanaugh's name is misspelled "Francis" in the onscreen credits, which note that the song "Oh! Susanna" was performed by John King. Although copyright records list Mickey Harrison (later known as Sunset Carson) in the cast as "Hammond, Jr.," Kenneth Duncan is credited onscreen and appears in the role. Modern sources include in the cast Frank LaRue, Bud Osborne, Tex Palmer, Richard Cramer and Frank Ellis. For further information on the "Range Busters" 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
Daily Variety
28 May 43
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Sep 42
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Sep 42
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
28 May 43
p. 3.
The Exhibitor
18 Nov 42
p. 1154.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A George W. Weeks Production; William L. Nolte in charge of production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOURCES
SONGS
"Oh! Susanna," music and lyrics by Stephen Foster.
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Dead Men Don't Ride
Release Date:
4 December 1942
Production Date:
early September 1942
Copyright Claimant:
Range Busters, Inc.
Copyright Date:
30 October 1942
Copyright Number:
LP11678
Duration(in mins):
55
Length(in feet):
4,989
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
8825
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When marshal Hammond Jr. is murdered during a bank robbery in Gila Springs, Arizona, his father Jim, head of the border marshals, sends for the vacationing Range Busters to determine who is behind his son's murder and the recent rash of robberies. The Range Busters, comprised of Dusty King, Alibi Terhune and Dave Sharpe, are angered by their friend's death and eagerly ask Jim to swear them in as marshals. When they ride into Gila Springs, Cole, head of the local vigilante group that acts as a cover for the outlaws, insists that they leave because the town has no room for strangers. The Range Busters decide to go to the ranch of Mike Rand, a friend of Jim, where they know they will be welcome, but Cole sends his underling, Mike's son Jeff, to follow them. On the way, the Range Busters rescue Mike's daughter Mary from her runaway buckboard, but she accuses them of being bandits and demands to be "freed." After they release her, Jeff fires at the marshals, and while Dave pursues Jeff, Mike's ranch hand, Tiny, takes Dusty and Alibi hostage. Jeff escapes from Dave, and after their identities are determined, the Range Busters reveal their mission to Mike. When Jeff finally comes in, Dave pretends not to know him, then sends Alibi to follow Jeff when he rides back to town. Alibi sees Jeff conferring with Cole about the presence of the Range Busters, and Cole later appears to welcome them. When Ace, a former convict incarcerated by the Range Busters and the leader of Cole's hold-up gang, picks a fight with the Range Busters, a brawl ... +


When marshal Hammond Jr. is murdered during a bank robbery in Gila Springs, Arizona, his father Jim, head of the border marshals, sends for the vacationing Range Busters to determine who is behind his son's murder and the recent rash of robberies. The Range Busters, comprised of Dusty King, Alibi Terhune and Dave Sharpe, are angered by their friend's death and eagerly ask Jim to swear them in as marshals. When they ride into Gila Springs, Cole, head of the local vigilante group that acts as a cover for the outlaws, insists that they leave because the town has no room for strangers. The Range Busters decide to go to the ranch of Mike Rand, a friend of Jim, where they know they will be welcome, but Cole sends his underling, Mike's son Jeff, to follow them. On the way, the Range Busters rescue Mike's daughter Mary from her runaway buckboard, but she accuses them of being bandits and demands to be "freed." After they release her, Jeff fires at the marshals, and while Dave pursues Jeff, Mike's ranch hand, Tiny, takes Dusty and Alibi hostage. Jeff escapes from Dave, and after their identities are determined, the Range Busters reveal their mission to Mike. When Jeff finally comes in, Dave pretends not to know him, then sends Alibi to follow Jeff when he rides back to town. Alibi sees Jeff conferring with Cole about the presence of the Range Busters, and Cole later appears to welcome them. When Ace, a former convict incarcerated by the Range Busters and the leader of Cole's hold-up gang, picks a fight with the Range Busters, a brawl erupts in the saloon and the Range Busters sneak out carrying Jeff. At the ranch, Jeff confesses his involvement with Cole, who took over the vigilantes and corrupted the group. Mike is shocked to hear about his son's duplicity, but they all agree to work together and entrap Cole and his gang by spreading a rumor that the bank has taken in a large amount of money. Ace and the bandits attack the bank that night and are surprised by an immediate response from the Range Busters. During the ensuing gunfight, Jeff tries to prevent Cole, who killed Hammond, from doing the same to the Range Busters, but Cole knocks him down. Dusty and Alibi then round up the robbers while Dave beats up Cole, repaying him for his crimes with punches. The outlaws are arrested and the Range Busters return to vacationing. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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