Land of Hunted Men (1943) Ray Corrigan, Dennis Moore, Max Terhune, Elmer, Phyllis Adair Movie Review

Land of Hunted Men (1943)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Land of Hunted Men (1943)

Land of the Range Busters

Whilst returning to the shack Denny, one of the Range Busters, comes across a stagecoach robbery and when he tries to stop it he not only ends up injured but being chased by a gang claiming to be vigilantes but in fact are part of the gang. Fortunately for Denny Crash and Alibi are at the shack and not only tend to his injury but deal with the vigilantes. But the guys find themselves drawn in to the mess when they win a load of money at the saloon and it turns out to be the stolen money from the stagecoach. It is then they spot someone entering the offices of the stagecoach and realise there is something crooked going on between businessmen when it comes to the stagecoach.

I wonder if anyone who is a fan of these old 60 minute westerns have come up with the idea of doing a comedy around them being made. I say that because it feels like every series of these short westerns featured the same storylines and were filmed on the same sets often using the same cast. So you could have a nice confusion comedy surrounding directors jostling for sets whilst wrong actors appear in the wrong western franchise and so on. Although as I have pointed out before when it comes to the Range Busters series of westerns they do have their own USP in that a ventriloquist dummy was a character in all 24 of their movies.

Anyway with "Land of Hunted Men" we are in familiar territory with are good guys ending up getting caught up in some corrupt business dealings when it comes to the stagecoach carrying a payroll being robbed. You can almost see how things will play out before the movie really gets going because "Land of Hunted Men" runs to the formula and never strays from the path. It doesn't stop it from being entertaining but sadly it isn't one which makes you stop and think too much about what is going on.

What this all boils down to is that "Land of Hunted Men" is just another, completely typical Range Buster western. Maybe for those who are bigger fans of the Range Busters and have watched all the previous movies will pick up on the nuances but for lovers of westerns it is ordinary.