Little Joe, the Wrangler (1942)

A mining executive is framed for murder and must convince the local sheriff of his innocence before bringing a gang of gold looters to justice.


Lewis D. Collins


Sherman L. Lowe (story), Elizabeth Beecher (screenplay)


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Director: Mike Allison


Complete credited cast:
Johnny Mack Brown ... Neal Wallace
Tex Ritter ... Sheriff Bob Brewster
Fuzzy Knight ... Little Joe Smith
Jennifer Holt ... Janet Hammond
Florine McKinney ... Mary Brewster
James Craven James Craven ... Lloyd Chapin
Hal Taliaferro ... Ben Travis
Glenn Strange ... Jeff Corey
Jimmy Wakely Trio Jimmy Wakely Trio ... Musicians, Ranch Hands
Jimmy Wakely ... Jimmy Wakely (as Jimmy Wakely Trio)
Johnny Bond ... Johnny - Guitar & Concertina Player (as Jimmy Wakely Trio)
Scotty Harrel Scotty Harrel ... Scotty - Guitar Player (as Jimmy Wakely Trio)


Sheriff Bob Brewster (Tex Ritter) is unable to halt the outlaw activity in the mining community of Lamplight. To mask their depredations, the outlaws, pretending to be miners, bring in a stranger, Neal Wallace (Johnny Mack Brown), accusing him of the murder of their latest victim. Befriended by Little Joe Smith (Fuzzy Knight), Neal is saved from a lynching and reveals that he is actually an officer of the Monarch Mine. At Bob's ranch, Neal meets Janet Hammond (Jennifer Holt, who refuses to believe his innocence. Neal, however, receives a telegram confirming his identity. Meanwhile, Neal prepares to roundup the gang members who made the false accusation. Learning of the telegram, the gang imprisons Janet, loads some stolen gold and attempts a getaway. Neal, Bob and Little Joe ride to rescue Janet while the leader of the miners organizes a posse. Besieged at the ore smelter, the outlaws are overcome in a gun battle. Janet is safe again while the outlaw leaders are caught and subdued in ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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DRAW QUICK -- OR DIE QUICK! That was the law...when crashing Colts smashed ruthless renegade rule! See more »


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Release Date:

13 November 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I symmoria exontothi See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Little Joe Smith: I'm sick and tired of bein' a square peg out of water... or is it a fish in a round hole?
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Edited from Law of the Range (1941) See more »


I'll Saddle My Pony
Written by Jimmy Wakely
Performed by the Jimmy Wakely Trio
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