RANGLE RIVER (aka Men with Whips)

RANGLE RIVER (aka Men with Whips)

This curious western based on a story by prolific writer of westerns, Zane Grey, and adapted for the screen by Charles and Elsa Chauvel, was filmed on locations in Gloucester and The Burragorang Valley and directed by an imported Hollywood veteran. It follows the formula of thirties westerns with a ranch manager, well played by American character actor Victor Jory, struggling to protect his boss's family ranch from the machinations of a villainous neighbour. Critics were impressed by the professionalism of the production (“decidedly the best film produced in Australia so far”), but best of all, this curious film has a secret: underneath a somewhat corny heterosexual romance, a homo-erotic subtext lingers. It’s hilariously intriguing at times, with long lingering stares between the cowboys at un-called for moments and, wait for it, a delicious, directorially expert, prolonged and violent whip fight between the lonesome cowboys to finish the film with a flourish. (GR)

RANGLE RIVER (aka Men with Whips)

  • Director: Clarence Badger
  • Year: 1936
  • Run Time: 86 mins
  • Country: Australia
  • Rating: G