Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Glenn Strange, John "Dusty" King, Julie Duncan, Dave Sharpe, Max "Alibi" Terhune
This is not a Ken Maynard Movie
Prometheus | USA | 09/01/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is not a Ken Maynard Movie. It was not made in 1926. It was made in 1943, and is a Dust King movie."
"Range Busters Series ... Haunted Ranch (1943) ... Monogram"
J. Lovins | Missouri-USA | 04/12/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Monogram Pictures presents "HAUNTED RANCH" (19 February 1943) (54 mins/B&W) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) -- With the success of Republic's Three Mesquiteers, several forces came together around 1940 to develop a new 'trigger trio' for the screen --- The star was Ray 'Crash' Corrigan, a producer named George W. Weeks and Monogram Pictures --- With a character of his own name. Ray starred in 20 of the 24 films in this series between 1940 and 1943 --- The Range Busters was clearly a lower budget copy of the Mesquiteers --- Big, muscular Ray 'Crash' Corrigan was the lead, the second lead was John 'Dusty' King, a big band singer (Ben Bernie Orchestra) with a reasonably good baritone, who would vocalize a tune or two in each film --- And comic relief was in the hands of ventriloquist Max 'Alibi' Terhune (and his wise-cracking dummy Elmer --- Monogram would distribute the Range Busters but not be directly involved in the productions --- The deal gave Corrigan a substantial share of the film profits (in an interview years later, Ray said he received 50%).
Under the production staff of:
Robert Emmett Tansey - Director
George W. Weeks - Producer
Elizabeth Beecher - Screenwriter
Arthur Hoerl - Short Story Author
The story line and plot, Our heroes Dusty (John King), Davy (David Sharpe) and Alibi (Max Terhune) members of the Range Busters have something in common with an outlaw gang, they're both looking for stolen gold bullion --- To scare people away from the Triangle W Ranch where the gold is hidden, Rance Austin (Glenn Strange) has his man imitating ghosts --- The gold is in a steel cased organ but a certain combination of organ stops need to be pulled to obtain the gold --- This was the 20th entry in the series --- the returning Ray "Crash" Corrigan, Dennis Moore, and Max Terhune, the latter, as always, joined by his ventriloquist dummy, Elmer Sneezeweed --- Nice to see some B-Western character actors on the scene Charles King, Rex Lease, Budd Buster, Steve Clark, Hank Bell, Ben Corbett and Fred "Snowflake" Toones.
the cast includes:
John 'Dusty' King ... 'Dusty' King
David Sharpe ... Davy Sharpe
Max Terhune ... 'Alibi' Terhune (as Max 'Alibi' Terhune)
Elmer ... Elmer, Alibi's dummy
Julie Duncan ... Helen Weston
Glenn Strange ... Rance Austin (as Glen Strange)
Charles King ... Henchman Chuck
Bud Osborne ... Henchman Ed
Rex Lease ... Deputy Rex Lease
Fred 'Snowflake' Toones ... Sam - the handyman (as Snowflake)
Budd Buster ... Sheriff
Tex Palmer ... Henchman Danny
Steve Clark ... Marshal Hammond (as Steve Clarke)
Hank Bell ... Army Enlistee
Ben Corbett ... Army Enlistee
1. John 'Dusty' King (aka: Miller McLeod Everson)
Date of Birth: 11 July 1909 - Cincinnati, Ohio
Date of Death: 11 November 1987 - San Diego, California
2. David Sharpe
Date of Birth: 2 February 1910 - St. Louis, Missouri
Date of Death: 30 March 1980 - Altadena, California (Lou Gehrig's disease)
3. Max Terhune
Date of Birth: 12 February 1891 - Anderson, Indiana
Date of Death: 5 June 1973 - Los Angeles, California
If you crave action, drama and plenty of adventure check out other western double features --- Ask Amazon.Com to carry the volumes as they are not available on Amazon as of yet --- you can order and pick up your copy now from VCI Entertainment
RANGE BUSTERS WESTERN DOUBLE FEATURE FROM VCI ENTERTAINMENT
VOL 1 -- WRANGLER'S ROOST & SADDLE MOUNTAIN ROUNDUP - (VCI #7243)
VOL.2 -- FUGITIVE VALLEY & THE KID'S LAST RIDE - (VCI #7349)
Hats off and thanks to Les Adams (collector/guideslines for character identification), Chuck Anderson (Webmaster: The Old Corral/B-Westerns.Com), Boyd Magers (Western Clippings), Bobby J. Copeland (author of "Trail Talk"), Rhonda Lemons (Empire Publishing Inc) and Bob Nareau (author of "The Real Bob Steele") as they have rekindled my interest once again for B-Westerns and Serials --- If you're into the memories of B-Westerns with high drama, this is the one you've been anxiously waiting for --- please stand up and take a bow --- all my heroes have been cowboys!
Total Time: 54 min on VHS/DVD ~ Monogram Pictures ~ (3/01/2001)"