Racketeers of the Range

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Racketeers of the Range
Directed by D. Ross Lederman
Melville Shyer
Screenplay by Oliver Drake
Story by Bernard McConville
Produced by Bert Gilroy
Starring George O'Brien
Chill Wills
Marjorie Reynolds
Cinematography Harry Wild
Edited by Frederic Knudtson
Music by Roy Webb
Production
company
Release date
  • May 26, 1939 (1939-05-26) [1]
Running time
62 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Racketeers of the Range is a 1939 American Western film directed by D. Ross Lederman from a screenplay by Oliver Drake, based on Bernard McConville's story. Produced and distributed by RKO Radio Pictures, the film was released on May 26, 1939. and stars George O'Brien, Chill Wills, and Marjorie Reynolds.

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Helen Lewis has inherited her father's small, independent meat packing plant; however, her attorney, Roger Whitlock, plans to sell her out to a large packing company. Barney O'Dell, the area's largest cattle ranch owner, knows if Helen is forced to sell her business, the larger company will have a monopoly and the cattle ranchers won't be able to freely market their beef. As chief creditor, Barney takes control of Helen's plant and all the local ranchers combine their livestock for Barney to ship. However, Whitlock and his gang rustle the herd. Barney and his cowhands intervene and retrieve the cattle, now piled into cattle trucks. After the cattle are transferred onto a train for shipment, Whitlock and his gang steal the train. Barney gives pursuit, boards the train, throws the rustlers off one by one during a gunfight, and subdues Whitlock who is holding Helen in the caboose. Barney frees Helen and the two sit together on the back of the caboose landing.

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References

  1. "Racketeers of the Range: Detail View". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on March 29, 2014. Retrieved September 14, 2014.