Cast & Crew
Australian Marion Hastings has been living the good life abroad while her father, a rancher at the Rangle River station, has had a difficult time. Tough foreman Dick Drake takes it upon himself to write Marion and tell of her father's hardships. Marion and her amusing Aunt Abbie fly home, meeting silly Reginald Mannister along the way. Reggie, an Oxford flyer, invites himself to join them. Although Dick falls in love with Marion, she takes an immediate disliking to him. Conditions deteriorate at the ranch as a drought looms, and Reggie discovers that rival rancher Lawton has constructed a dam across the river to deprive them of water, in the hopes of forcing the Hastings out of business. Following a gun fight and a duel with whips, the dam is blown up and the ranch is saved. Marion is caught in the ensuing flood, but Dick rescues her and the couple realize that they are meant for each other.
Although the Variety review notes a December 1936 opening of the film in Sidney, Australia, contemporary sources indicate that the film did not open in the United States until mid-1939. Although modern sources claim that Rangle River was released in the United States in 1939 as Men with Whips, information contained in the NYSA suggests that no such title change was registered with that state. It is possible that the film is based on a published short story, as opposed to an original story for the screen, however, no information has been located to determine this. A July 1936 Daily Variety news item noted that Nance O'Neil was originally set to play the female lead. Variety indicates that director Clarence Badger assisted with the editing, and that the film was the first picture made in Australia by an American organization in association with a local studio. Modern sources list the following additional credits: Co-photog Damien Parer; Adaptation Elsa and Charles Chauvel; Art Director Harry Whiting; Music Alfred Lawrence; Production Manager Bert Fontanella; Assistant Director George Hughes; and Sound Denis Box. Rangle River was voted the country's second best film of the year by the Australian Film Critics Guild. According to modern sources, filming took place in Gloucester and at the Burragrang Valley in Australia.