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The Renegade Ranger (1938)

Texas Ranger Jack Steele is assigned to bring in former ranch owner Judith Alvarez, now the leader of a gang who is waging war against the crooked government officials who cheated the ... See full summary »

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David Howard

Writers:

Oliver Drake (screen play), Bennett Cohen (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George O'Brien ... Capt. Jack Steele
Rita Hayworth ... Judith Alvarez
Tim Holt ... Larry Corwin
Ray Whitley ... Happy
Lucio Villegas Lucio Villegas ... Don Juan Campielo
William Royle ... Ben Sanderson
Cecilia Callejo ... Toñia Campielo
Neal Hart ... Sheriff Joe Rawlings
Monte Montague ... Monte - Henchman
Bob Kortman ... Idaho - Henchman (as Robert Kortman)
Charles Stevens ... Manuel
Jim Mason ... Hank (as James Mason)
Tom London ... Red - Henchman
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Storyline

Texas Ranger Jack Steele is assigned to bring in former ranch owner Judith Alvarez, now the leader of a gang who is waging war against the crooked government officials who cheated the ranchers out of their land. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

16 September 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El renegado See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(copyright length) (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

George O'Brien (I) said that "[Rita Hayworth] carried herself beautifully. She walked and moved with such grace! Cliche though it might be, she was poetry in motion". See more »

Connections

Remake of Come on Danger! (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

Move Slow, Little Dogie
(uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Willie Phelps
Performed by Ray Whitley, Ken Card and The Phelps Brothers
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A decent B-western
18 August 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

While the plot idea of having an evil rich boss trying to control everything out west is one of the most common themes in westerns, "The Renegade Ranger" manages to take a worn cliché of a plot and make it mildly interesting. Mind you, this is a B-movie and to really appreciate it, you should remember that it has a very modest budget and modest cast--and they did pretty well with these constraints.

The film stars a big western star of the day, the all but forgotten George O'Brien as well as an up and coming star, Tim Holt. It also offers a very rare chance to see a very young Rita Hayworth before she was reinvented by Columbia Pictures boss Harry Cohn. What I mean by this is that Cohn envisioned her as a big star and had her makeup, hair and even hairline altered to create a much more glamorous image. Here in "The Renegade Ranger", although she's pretty, she isn't yet the stunner she'd soon become.

As far as the plot goes, the only way this really differs from the 101231092312 other westerns with evil boss-men is that the leader of the opposition is a lady (Hayworth) and an ex-Ranger (Holt) is working both sides of the fence during the picture! So why, if it's so familiar do I recommend it? Well, the acting. The three leads were a good bit better than usual for such a film and they managed to carry it off--making the acting seem more natural than usual. Worth your time.


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