When some planes are disappearing somewhere above the ghost town of Shiloh,
federal agent Tim Caverly (Tim McCoy) decides to investigate, & to that end
flies a plane over Shiloh ... & would you know it, he is shot down by some
powerful deathray, & survives only because he bails out in time.
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however then witness some gangsters ransacking his plane & secretly follow
them to their hideout.
Later he returns to Shiloh with his sidekick Henry
(Jim Burtis), & he also picks up lovely hitchhiker Nathalie (Claudia Dell) on the
way, who is looking for her inventor father Professor Brent (Lloyd Ingraham),
who has disappeared, but who has
been working on a deathray before his disappearance. So she figures, he might
be somehow involved in the
whole scheme. She, the good girl, however gets the wrong impression of Tim when
he, having met the gang in Shiloh, poses as a notorious outlaw trying to
gain access to the gang's bosses Kincaid (Wheeler Oakman) & Dawson (Walter
At first Tim's little scheme works as he is accepted into the gang
& can move somewhat freely among them - & he even finds Professor
Brent, who is held captive but treated well enough as long as he keeps the
death ray going -, but after a while the gangsters find out that he really is a
federal agent, & it all culminates in a shoot-out during which the death
ray is destroyed - which is good news since Tim's sidekick Henry has just
called for backup & they are approaching in an airplane & are arresting
all the crooks Tim has not yet shot ... now all that's left to do for Tim is to
marry Nathalie, of course ...
If you haven't noticed yet from my
synopsis, Ghost Patrol is a western, & a nice one at that since the
Western- & the sci-fi-elements are blended in a rather imaginative &
without betraying either genre (science fiction Westerns by the way were not
all that uncommon in the 1930's, when especially small studios wanted to give
their audience something extra to make their films more memorable). Also, Tim
McCoy, a popular cowboy actor of the 1920's & 30's is one of the more
charismatic b-Western-stars, & - in contrast to many of his colleagues -
has effortlessly made the transition from silent to sound thanks to his
characteristic sneering voice.
Claudia Dell's role here is overall pretty
boring, almost inactive, but she has a nice scene when she explains to Tim
the different ways of hitchhiking ... one would just wish she had more such