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Monday Movie Madness: The Ghost Rider

(If you want vintage posters, check out Heritage Auctions! They have some incredible items. Click the photo to go to their site.)

Hello, Posse!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and are looking forward to a great week. I have been dealing with a mess of things here. I've been trying to straighten out bank information, et things cleaned up and moved around from where the basement here flooded, trying to keep up to date on writing and social media posts. I am feeling a bit burnt out to be honest.

We have not had a vacation since before CoVid19 hit and honestly I think we need one soon! P.R. has to go out of town on a business trip soon so at least P.R. will get a change of scenery for a few day, even though it involves work. But P.R. will finally get to engage with adults other than me for a few days. I am taking a day off of everything while P.R. is gone to eat popcorn for dinner and watch scary movies, which P.R. is not fond of watching. Yes, I am like a teenager who's parents have left them home for the weekend whenever P.R. goes on business trips. I willingly own that.

And speaking of movies . . .

Today's flick is the first in The Nevada Jack McKenzie series (you know how I love serials), The Ghost Rider. There were 20 movies released in this series between 1943 and 1946. This 1943 western was released by Monogram Pictures and stars Johnny Mack Brown as Jack McKenzie. He is joined on the cast by Raymond Hatton, Harry Woods, Beverly Boyd, Tom Seidel, Edmund Cobb, Bud Osborne, George DeNormand, Bill Hunter, Artie Ortego, Charles King, Milburn Morante, Bill Nestell, Jack Daley, Horace B. Carpenter, and Ray Miller.

This first film introduces the audience to Jack McKenzie (Brown). McKenzie is a lone rider who eventually meets up with his future sidekick, Sandy Hopkins (Hatton). McKenzie is out to avenge the murder of a loved one and stumbles into more trouble along the way. He manages to bring criminals to justice and is offered a job as a Marshal. However, McKenzie still has some personal scores to settle and rides off to complete his own manhunt. This film sets up the characters for The Nevada Jack McKenzie series who continue on in other films as undercover marshals bringing the guilty to justice in the Wild West.

Movie Snack Recipe

Did you know Nevada is one of the top 10 producers of onions in the US? I just learned that today. This seems like a good reason to pair a quick, tasty, healthier version of onion rings with our movie. Check out Just a Taste's Crispy Baked Onion Rings Recipe (<--- click for recipe).

Personally, I LOVE onion rings, especially with a good spicy BBQ sauce. There are so many things you can use for dip with onion rings, ranch dressing, nacho cheese sauce, sweet chilli sauce, sriracha mayo, or just eat them plain. How do you like your onion rings?

You know what time it is now, posse! Time to grab those snacks and settle in for another great western movie! If you like today's flick, do not forget to check out other movies in The Nevada Jack McKenzie series.



The Ghost Rider (1943)


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