King of the Forest Rangers

King of the Forest Rangers (1946) is a Republic film serial.

King of the Forest Rangers
Directed bySpencer Gordon Bennet
Fred C. Brannon
Produced byRonald Davidson
Written byAlbert DeMond
Basil Dickey
Jesse Duffy
Lynn Perkins
StarringLarry Thompson
Helen Talbot
Stuart Hamblen
Anthony Warde
LeRoy Mason
Scott Elliott
CinematographyBud Thackery
Distributed byRepublic Pictures
Release date
  • April 27, 1946 (1946-04-27) (U.S. serial)[1]
Running time
12 chapters (167 minutes) (serial)[1]
6 26½-minute episodes (TV)[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$134,948 (negative cost: $137,320)[1]



King of the Forest Rangers was budgeted at $134,948 although the final negative cost was $137,320 (a $2,372, or 1.8%, overspend). It was the cheapest Republic serial of 1946.[1]

It was filmed between 27 September and 25 October 1945.[1] The serial's production number was 1595.[1]

Republic liked calling their heroes "King" in order to use the title "King of..." The studio had found success with this naming scheme following the adaptation of Zane Grey's King of the Royal Mounted.[2][3]


Special effects

Special effects created by the Lydecker brothers.



King of the Forest Rangers' official release date is 27 April 1946, although this is actually the date the sixth chapter was made available to film exchanges.[1]


In the early 1950s, King of the Forest Rangers was one of fourteen Republic serials edited into a television series. It was broadcast in six 26½-minute episodes.[1]

Chapter titles

  1. The Mystery of the Towers (20min)
  2. Shattered Evidence (13min 20s)
  3. Terror by Night (13min 20s)
  4. Deluge of Destruction (13min 20s)
  5. Pursuit into Peril (13min 20s)
  6. Brink of Doom (13min 20s)
  7. Design for Murder (13min 20s)
  8. The Flying Coffin (13min 20s) - a re-cap chapter
  9. S.O.S. Ranger (13min 20s)
  10. The Death Detector (13min 20s)
  11. The Flaming Pit (13min 20s)
  12. Tower of Vengeance (13min 20s)


See also


  1. Mathis, Jack (1995). Valley of the Cliffhangers Supplement. Jack Mathis Advertising. pp. 3, 10, 90–91. ISBN 0-9632878-1-8.
  2. Harmon, Jim; Donald F. Glut (1973). "11. New Masks for New Heroes "Get That Masked Trouble Maker"". The Great Movie Serials: Their Sound and Fury. Routledge. p. 283. ISBN 978-0-7130-0097-9.
  3. Cline, William C. (1984). "2. In Search of Ammunition". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 23. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X.
  4. Cline, William C. (1984). "Filmography". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. pp. 242–243. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X.
Preceded by
The Phantom Rider (1946)
Republic Serial
King of the Forest Rangers (1946)
Succeeded by
Daughter of Don Q (1946)
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