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Alias the Bad Man (1931)

Passed | | Romance, Western | 15 July 1931 (USA)
A ranger joins the outlaw gang whose boss he believes is a murderer.


Phil Rosen


Earle Snell (scenario), Ford Beebe (original story)


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Complete credited cast:
Ken Maynard ... Ranger Ken Neville - posing as Red River Gantz
Tarzan Tarzan ... Tarzan (as Tarzan the Wonder Horse)
Virginia Brown Faire ... Mary Warner
Frank Mayo ... Rance Collins
Charles King ... Black - Henchman
Robert Homans ... Silas Warner
Irving Bacon ... Ranger Repeater
Lafe McKee ... Clem Neville (as Lafe M. Kee)
Ethan Allen Ethan Allen ... Sheriff


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Romance | Western


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Release Date:

15 July 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alias Bad Man See more »

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Production Co:

Tiffany Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film's earliest documented telecasts occurred in Los Angeles Tuesday 20 January 1948 on KTLA (Channel 5), in Chicago Saturday 22 May 1948 on WGN (Channel 9), in Cincinnati Saturday 20 November 1948 on WLW-T (Channel 4), in Syracuse Sunday 27 February 1949 on WHEN (Channel 8), in Philadelphia Thursday 15 September 1949 on WCAU (Channel 10), and in Cincinnati Friday 16 September 1949 on WCPO (Channel 7); in New York City telecasts were postponed in order to protect theatrical bookings of the 1948 re-release by Albert Dezel, which were still in progress. See more »

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Another Undercover Ranger
7 July 2010 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In Alias: The Bad Man a really nasty villain played by Frank Mayo gets a range feud going between Ken Maynard's father and Virginia Brown Faire's daughter adjoining ranchowners. Each is having cattle rustled and each thinks the other might be responsible. But when Mayo shoots them both and makes it look like they shot it out with each other, that calls for intervention.

Which is what Maynard had planned in any event. Maynard is a Texas Ranger and he gets a summons from his father, but arrives too late to prevent his father's demise. So not being known in the area, Maynard pretends to be a wanted desperado to find out who's behind it all.

With Mayo's intentions on the girl as well as stealing cattle and Maynard getting interested as well, Mayo performs his villainy in the best Snidely Whiplash tradition.

Long time character actor Irving Bacon plays the sidekick role and Roscoe Ates must not have been available because he's supposed to be a stutterer. Irving is called 'Repeater' by his fellow Ranges including Maynard.

Nothing new here, but enjoyable enough for B western fans.

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