The Phantom Rider (Republic serial)

The Phantom Rider is a 1946 Republic Movie serial starring Robert Kent and Peggy Stewart. It was later re-released under the new title Ghost Riders of the West.

The Phantom Rider
Directed bySpencer Gordon Bennet
Fred C. Brannon
Produced byRonald Davidson
Written byAlbert DeMond
Basil Dickey
Jesse Duffy
Lynn Perkins
Barney Sarecky
StarringRobert Kent
Peggy Stewart
LeRoy Mason
George J. Lewis
Kenne Duncan
Hal Taliaferro
Chief Thundercloud
Roy Barcroft
CinematographyBud Thackery
Distributed byRepublic Pictures
Release date
  • January 26, 1946 (1946-01-26) (U.S. serial)[1]
  • October 11, 1954 (1954-10-11) (U.S. re-release)[1]
Running time
12 chapters (167 minutes)[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$140,207 (negative cost: $138,925)[1]

Plot summary

Dr Jim Sterling attempts to create a police force on the Big Tree Indian Reservation. However, his efforts face sabotage, secretly directed by the apparently friendly Indian Agent Fred Carson, whose gang is currently able to rob stagecoaches wagons without opposition. In order to defeat his enemies, Sterling adopts the name and costume of the legendary "Phantom Rider."



The Phantom Rider was budgeted at $140,207 although the final negative cost was $138,925 (a $1,282, or 0.9%, under spend).[1] It was filmed between 25 July and 22 August 1945.[1] The serial's production number was 1499.[1]


Special effects

All special effects by the Lydecker brothers.



The Phantom Rider's official release date is 26 January 1946, although this is actually the date the sixth chapter was made available to film exchanges.[1] The serial was re-released on 11 October 1954, under the new title Ghost Riders of the West, between the first runs of Man with the Steel Whip and Panther Girl of the Kongo.[1]

Chapter titles

  1. The Avenging Spirit (20min)
  2. Flaming Ambush (13min 20s)
  3. Hoofs of Doom [sic] (13min 20s)
  4. Murder Masquerade (13min 20s)
  5. Flying Fury (13min 20s)
  6. Blazing Peril (13min 20s)
  7. Gauntlet of Guns (13min 20s)
  8. Behind the Mask (13min 20s) - a re-cap chapter
  9. The Captive Chief (13min 20s)
  10. Beasts at Bay (13min 20s)
  11. The Death House (13min 20s)
  12. The Last Stand (13min 20s)


See also


  1. Mathis, Jack (1995). Valley of the Cliffhangers Supplement. Jack Mathis Advertising. pp. 3, 10, 88–89. ISBN 0-9632878-1-8.
  2. Cline, William C. (1984). "Filmography". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 242. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X.
Preceded by
The Purple Monster Strikes (1945)
Republic Serial
The Phantom Rider (1946)
Succeeded by
King of the Forest Rangers (1946)
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