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Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch (1976)

The "Rattler", head of an outlaw band have been terrorizing the residents of Peaceful Valley with a crimewave of rustling, killing, robbing. The Federal Government has sent for its best 25 ... See full summary »


Richard Patterson




Cast overview, first billed only:
Rex Allen ... Rex (archive footage)
Gene Autry ... Gene Autry (archive footage)
Don 'Red' Barry ... (archive footage) (as Don Barry)
Robert Blake ... Little Beaver (archive footage)
William Boyd ... Hopalong Cassidy (archive footage)
Johnny Mack Brown ... (archive footage)
Smiley Burnette ... Smiley (archive footage)
Buster Crabbe ... (archive footage)
Eddie Dean ... (archive footage)
Bill Elliott ... (archive footage)
Hoot Gibson ... (archive footage)
Monte Hale ... (archive footage)
Raymond Hatton ... (archive footage)
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... (archive footage) (as Gabby Hayes)
Tim Holt ... Jim Drummond (archive footage)


The "Rattler", head of an outlaw band have been terrorizing the residents of Peaceful Valley with a crimewave of rustling, killing, robbing. The Federal Government has sent for its best 25 agents to clean up the valley. These 25 are to drift into town and meet at the Dirty Dog Saloon. Written by Carol Johnson <crj1@cornell.edu>

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Comedy | Western



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Release Date:

May 1976 (USA) See more »

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Curtco, RCR Productions See more »
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Film historian Packy Smith and director Richard Patterson created this western spoof by cobbling together clips from over 75 B-western films into a new film where 25 of the greatest sagebrush heroes were called to battle scores of crooks and henchmen and protect the lives of property of peaceful ranchers and their beautiful daughters. See more »


Narrator: Well, you can read about it in them history books, hear about it in songs, but, if you really want to know how it happened, you better come and ask Pat Buttram. I know, because I was there. In fact, I was the one who sent for them 25 hard-ridin', two-fisted troubleshooters. I'd have took care of The Rattler myself single-handed, man-to-man, 'cept I didn't want to jeopardize the lives of innocent townspeople. They was already in trouble clear up to their suspenders.
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Edited from The Gun Ranger (1936) See more »


You Are the One
Music and Lyrics by Peter Tinturin
Sung by Pauline Moore
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A Real Frankenstein Picture
13 August 2018 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch (1976)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

This here is a rather interesting tribute to the countless "B" Westerns that were so popular back in the day. The gimmick of this film by Robert Patterson is that he took clips from dozens of movies and edited them together into one movie so that the various cowboy heroes of the past could be in one movie, working together to get the bad guys.

John Wayne, Rex Allen, Gene Autry, Don Barry, William Boyd, Johnny Mack Brown, Buster Crabbe, Eddie Dean, Hoot Gibson, Tim Holt and Monte Hale are just some of the stars that are show here and we also get some famous sidekicks too.

MEANWHILE BACK AT THE RANCH is a film that I respected more than I really enjoyed. I say that because it was pretty fascinating seeing them do a Frankenstein type of picture meaning that they took clips from dozens of other movies and made their own out of them. There's some new narration that is meant to help us know what's going on and I thought this was an interesting way to tell a story.

With that said, the film simply doesn't work because the footage is obviously from different movies and it just never really flows as one movie. Again, on a technical level I thought they did a good job but it was just impossible to really get a flow to the picture when you know you're watching one movie this second and then another the next. The gimmick was an interesting one but I just don't think it fully worked in the end.

I will say that fans of these "B" movies will want to check it out as a curio but that's about it.

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