Racketeers of the Range (1939)

62 mins | Western | 26 May 1939

Director:

D. Ross Lederman

Writer:

Oliver Drake

Producer:

Bert Gilroy

Cinematographer:

Harry Wild

Production Designer:

Van Nest Polglase

Production Company:

RKO Radio Pictures, inc.
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HISTORY

Modern sources add Joe Balch, Dick Hunter, Edward Peil, Sr., Frank O'Connor, Mary Gordon, Stanley Andrews, Wilfred Lucas, Harry Cording, Clint Sharp and Del Maggert to the ... More Less

Modern sources add Joe Balch, Dick Hunter, Edward Peil, Sr., Frank O'Connor, Mary Gordon, Stanley Andrews, Wilfred Lucas, Harry Cording, Clint Sharp and Del Maggert to the cast. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
25 May 39
p. 3.
Film Daily
14 Jun 39
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
25 May 39
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
29 May 39
p. 6.
Motion Picture Herald
22 Apr 39
p. 35.
Motion Picture Herald
3 Jun 39
p. 39.
New York Times
8 Jun 39
p. 31.
Variety
31 May 39
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Prod exec
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTORS
FILM EDITOR
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
SOURCES
SONGS
"Sleepy Wrangler" and "Caboose on the Red Ball Train," music and lyrics by Ray Whitley and Fred Rose.
DETAILS
Release Date:
26 May 1939
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, inc.
Copyright Date:
26 May 1939
Copyright Number:
LP8958
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Victor System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
62
Country:
United States
PCA No:
5285
SYNOPSIS

Upon the death of her father, Helen Lewis inherits his business, the last independent packing company in the West. Arriving to tend the company, Helen is blinded by promises of easy profit and duped by attorney Roger Whitlock into selling her company to his clients. Unknown to Helen, Whitlock represents a gang of big business racketeers who are plotting to corner the packing house market and thus dictate beef prices to the ranchers. Luckily, cattleman Barney O'Dell realizes what Whitlock is doing, and takes over the Lewis Packing Company as chief creditor, convincing the ranchers to turn over their cattle shipments to him. When Barney refuses Whitlock's bribe to surrender the company, the lawyer hires Larkin, Dutch and Hank to wage a campaign of terror against the ranchers. To placate the frightened ranchers, Barney offers to buy their cattle, using his own ranch as collateral. The cattlemen agree to Barney's terms, and herd their cows onto his range. On the night before the cattle are to be shipped to market, Whitlock's men steal the herd, but Barney organizes his ranch hands, and after overtaking the rustlers' trucks, they reclaim their herd. The next day, after Barney's men finish loading the cattle on the train to market, the rustlers strike once again and commandeer the train. Galloping off after the cattle, Barney and his men board the train and throw the thieves off one by one, finishing with Whitlock in the caboose. Helen then realizes her folly, and with Whitlock's plot foiled, the ranchers no longer have to worry about their ... +


Upon the death of her father, Helen Lewis inherits his business, the last independent packing company in the West. Arriving to tend the company, Helen is blinded by promises of easy profit and duped by attorney Roger Whitlock into selling her company to his clients. Unknown to Helen, Whitlock represents a gang of big business racketeers who are plotting to corner the packing house market and thus dictate beef prices to the ranchers. Luckily, cattleman Barney O'Dell realizes what Whitlock is doing, and takes over the Lewis Packing Company as chief creditor, convincing the ranchers to turn over their cattle shipments to him. When Barney refuses Whitlock's bribe to surrender the company, the lawyer hires Larkin, Dutch and Hank to wage a campaign of terror against the ranchers. To placate the frightened ranchers, Barney offers to buy their cattle, using his own ranch as collateral. The cattlemen agree to Barney's terms, and herd their cows onto his range. On the night before the cattle are to be shipped to market, Whitlock's men steal the herd, but Barney organizes his ranch hands, and after overtaking the rustlers' trucks, they reclaim their herd. The next day, after Barney's men finish loading the cattle on the train to market, the rustlers strike once again and commandeer the train. Galloping off after the cattle, Barney and his men board the train and throw the thieves off one by one, finishing with Whitlock in the caboose. Helen then realizes her folly, and with Whitlock's plot foiled, the ranchers no longer have to worry about their livelihood. +

GENRE
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Sub-genre:
with songs


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AFI Life Achievement Award

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