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The Texas Tornado (1932)

Passed | | Romance, Western | 1 April 1932 (USA)
Tex Robbins, a Texas Ranger, posing as "Wolf" Cassidy, a notorious Chicago gangster, works his way into the rustling gang and hideout of "Three-Star" Henley, but his plans go wrong and he has to fight his way to victory.



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Cast overview:
Tex Robbins - Posing as Wolf Cassidy
Ruth O'Byrne
Texas Ranger Shorty Walker
Three Star Henley
Fanner Durkin
Jackson - Henchman
Bartlett A. Carre ...
Slim - O'Byrne Ranch Cook (as Bart Carre)
Wes Warner ...
Pete - Henchman
Fred Burns ...
Mike Brand ...
Wolf Cassidy

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Texas Ranger Tex captures a Chicago gangster who headed west and uses his letter of introduction to get into a gang of rustlers. He learns of their operation and is about to round them up but is in trouble when the gangster escapes and arrives to reveal Tex's true identity. Written by Maurice VanAuken <vanauken@ comcast.net>

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Romance | Western






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1 April 1932 (USA)  »

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Ranch Dynamite  »

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1.37 : 1
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Deja vu all over again.Reel Two.

There are very few westerns that one can watch without getting the feeling that it has all been seen before(the possible exception might be "Dead Man", and the pigs following the wagons out of South Texas in "Lonesome Dove") but this one mostly had been seen before if one saw the Willis Kent production of "Wyoming Whirlwind." The plot lines and character roles differ greatly, but four segments from "Wyoming Whirwind" reappear in "Texas Tornado." The first is a chase scene;the second is a rustling scene with Yamima Canutt and Bob Roper;the third is a water-hole scene with Lane Chandler, Canutt and Slim Whitaker , and the finale is a rustler's cave shootout.Since only one or two of the six Willis Kent-produced films starring Lane Chandler are still around on video with all of the original titles and credit frames intact,the question was once asked of Oliver Drake, who was involved on all six films as either the writer or director or both, if perhaps the people who originally made 16mm prints of these six films for the television markets of the 1950's hadn't possibly dropped a few reel cans and mixed them up.Drake's first response was one of amazement that the films had ever been sold to television stations("somebody paid money for those...twice?), and then he said if the question is about many scenes from one of the films showing up in some of the other films, the answer is that they did indeed do so, and did so on purpose because old man Kent didn't want to waste time or spend any money on shooting new footage when they already had footage shot for a previous film, and most of the same male actors were involved in all of the films anyway.According to Drake,Kent said "we already got stuff with Chandler and Yak fighting, use it again." Drake protested that they were playing different characters and were wearing different costumes."So, they can't change clothes" between the first and last reels?" was the response.Or middle reels as it turned out.Drake went on to add that film editor Roy Luby should have gotten a director's credit on the last three since he was the one who had to patch in the old footage with the new.Stuntman/actor Yakima Canutt, on the same interview and involved in all six films, said it was okay with him , as star Lane Chandler was too tall, bumbly and clumsy for a good fight scene and once around with Chandler was enough for him anyway.

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