The Gun Ranger
A.W. Hackel for Republic
directed by Robert N. Bradbury
starring Bob Steele, Eleanor Stewart, John Merton, Ernie Adams, Earl Dwire, Budd Buster, Frank Bell, Horace Murphy, Horace B. Carpenter, Jack Kirk, Clyde McClary, Lew Meehan, Dick Morehead, Tex Palmer, Fred Parker, Archie Ricks, Earle Ross, Wally Wales
story by Homer King Gordon, screenplay by George H. Plympton
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Ranger Dan Larson (Bob Steele) tries to rid a small town of all
criminals, but his efforts are continuously sabotaged by attorney Mills
(John Merton), who sees to it that all local evildoers go free on legal
loopholes - evildoers like Wally Smeed (Ernie Adams), who is tried for
murder but released.
Larson though soon figures that Smeed has to be
part of a gang, and in order to get to the head of teh gang, he soon
follows one of Smeed's accomplices (Earl Dwire) to the Smeed's hideout, a
cabin somewhere in the woods - but while he listens in on a conversation
between Smeed and his boss, a masked man, he's caught ... and Smeed is
begging for a chance to kill Larson, and sends everyone away when he's
granted the opportunity, to have no witnesses - and then he lets Larson
go, because he claims he has not committed the murder he was accused of,
and he and Larson are after the same man, the masked boss of the gang.
rushes back to town, where his uneraged sweetheart Molly (Eleanor Stewart)
is about to sign over guardianship of her ranch to Mills, which Larson
succeeds in preventing, since he knows that Mills is in cahoots with the
outlaws, and he is supposed to legalise their rustling.
In the finale,
Mills, who is revealed to be the boss of the gang to no one's real
surprise, takes Molly hostage, Smeed is allowed to die a heroes' death,
and everyhting ends happily after a big shootout.
Robert N.Bradbury B-Western, successfully mixing Western mainstays with
pulp and murder mystery motives - and supported by a competent cast,
Bradbury brings the story to life, too.