Ghost Patrol (1936)

Article #360 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 3-10-2002
Posting date: 7-27-2002

Tim “big-hat” McCoy is an agent for the Department of Justice hunting down crooks who are using a machine that downs airplanes carrying bonds.

Despite the title, this is not a horror western (unless you’re scared of guys in big hats). There are no ghosts in this movie (and if there were, I wonder if they would also wear really big hats). It is, however, a science fiction western, due to the existence of a machine that can short out the electrical systems of airplanes (and perhaps a secret machine our hero uses to keep his really big hat on his head). It stars Tim “My-hat-is-bigger-than-yours” McCoy. It gets a little tedious about the half-way point, but one of the benefits of watching B-westerns is that they’re over before you know it, so you’ll pull through (and you can always distract yourself by trying to figure out how many beans would fit into Tim McCoy’s big hat).

I’ll give you one guess as to what aspect of this movie made the biggest impression on me.

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