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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Ghost Patrol (1936)

Starring Tim McCoy, Claudia Dell, Walter Miller, Wheeler Oakman, Jimmy Burtis
Directed by Sam Newfield
(actor & director credits courtesy

A cowboy working for the Department of Justice tries to track down a gang robbing mail planes who are able to knock them out of the sky with a strange invention.

Western star McCoy and his ten-gallon hat seem a little out of place in this modern-day story with technology including airplanes, short wave radios, and the electricity-sapping device of a brilliant scientist.  Nevertheless, the film's a charming bit of diverting fun, economically directed by Newfield on what must have been a tight budget.  Despite the title, there's not a ghost to be found anywhere, nor a patrol really either.

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