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The Phantom Rider (1946)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Western | 26 January 1946 (USA)
A reservation's new doctor masquerades as the legendary Indian god, "the Phantom Rider", to catch gang looting the reservation, unaware the leader is a phony Indian Agent.


Spencer Gordon Bennet (as Spencer Bennet), Fred C. Brannon (as Fred Brannon)


Albert DeMond (original screenplay), Basil Dickey (original screenplay) | 3 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Kent ... Dr. Jim Sterling / The Phantom Rider
Peggy Stewart ... Doris Shannon
LeRoy Mason ... Fred Carson
George J. Lewis ... Blue Feather
Kenne Duncan ... Ben Brady - Henchman
Hal Taliaferro ... Nugget
Chief Thundercloud ... Chief Yellow Wolf
Tom London ... Ceta - Medicine Man
Roy Barcroft ... The Marshal [Ch. 1]
Monte Hale ... Cowboy Cass [Ch. 1]
John Hamilton ... Sen. Williams [Chs. 7-8]
Hugh Prosser Hugh Prosser ... Keeler
Jack Kirk ... Deputy Sheriff [Chs. 1-9]
Rex Lease ... Randall - Stage Driver [Ch. 5]
Tommy Coats Tommy Coats ... Tim - Henchman [Ch. 1 & 11] / Indian [ch 12]


Indian agent Fred Carson is secretly the leader of a band of outlaws, using his official position to loot the U.S. Government if Indian allotment money. Aided by Ceta, the tribal Medicine Man, Carson directs raiding and robbing activities, both against the Indians and the local ranchers. Their hideout is on the Indian Reservation where a federal law prohibits local lawmen from following the outlaws. Carson's primary opposition is Indian Chief Yellow Wolf, who is aided by his son Blue Feather,and local doctor Jim Sterling, schoolteacher Doris Hammond and an old prospector named Nugget. They attempt to form an Indian Police Force with government backing, and draw up a petition, appealing to Congress for the authorization to enable the Indians to fight the outlaws on their own ground. After an attempt by Carson and Ceta to kill Blue Feather fails, Sterling, wearing an Indian face-mask, disguise himself as a Phantom Rider in order to wage a vigilante war against the outlaws. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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CHALLENGING! The masked rider of the plains pits his courage and daring against the ruthless outlaws of the West! (original poster) See more »


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Release Date:

26 January 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ghost Riders of the West See more »


Box Office


$138,925 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs


(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


CHAPTER TITLES: 1. The Avenging Spirit; 2. Flaming Ambush; 3. Hoofs of Doom; 4. Murder Masquerade; 5. Flying Fury; 6. Blazing Peril; 7. Gaunlet of Guns; 8. Behind the Mask; 9. The Captive Chief; 10. Beats At Bay; 11. The Death House; 12. The Last Stand. See more »


Referenced in Bowser Makes a Movie (2005) See more »

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The Phantom Rider to the rescue!
25 January 2000 | by beejerSee all my reviews

This is a routine masked hero to the rescue serial, the sort that was turned out in the 30s, 40s & 50s by Republic Pictures, masters of the cliffhanger.

In this one, The Phantom Rider of the title is a legendary Indian god who intervenes when Indian tribes are being wronged.

The plot is basically the crooked Indian Agent (LeRoy Mason) trying to prevent the establishment of an Indian Police force for their reservation. This would bring an end to Mason's raiding and robbing of stagecoaches and freight wagons on the reservation.

The hero is Robert Kent who plays a crusading doctor who takes on the role of the Phantom Rider to aid the local Indian tribe in their fight against the evil forces of the afore-mentioned crooked Indian agent. Over 12 chapters we are treated to the usual array of cliff hanging situations, wagon chases, explosions, narrow escapes et al.

As in most Republic serials the cast is competent and the stuntwork is excellent. Serial veteran Peggy Stewart plays the heroine, a (what else?) schoolmarm. George J. Lewis and Chief Thundercloud are the good Indians and Tom London (looking ridiculous in Indian make-up) is the bad Indian. In addition to Leroy Mason, his chief henchman is the veteran Kenne Duncan and there is the usual endless supply of gang members for the heroes to shoot. Rounding out the cast is the venerable Hal Taliaferro in the comic relief role as "Nugget".

Curiously, Roy Barcroft (usually the main villain) and future series star, Monte Hale are listed in the supporting cast, but only appear in Chapter 1.

The Phantom Rider, though not a great serial, is still a cut above most turned out by other studios due to the expertise available at the Republic studio. If you are a serial buff, it's worth a look.

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