This was one of the earlier uses of Robert Tansey's favorite plot (only the 3rd time he had trotted it out of the stable, but he got six more films out of it in later years) in which a ... See full summary »

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Tex Randall
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Jean Reed
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Billy Reed
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Henchman Slug
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Bartender (as Snub Pollard)
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Sheriff Grey (as Edward Cassidy)
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Dad Reed (as Jack Smith)
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This was one of the earlier uses of Robert Tansey's favorite plot (only the 3rd time he had trotted it out of the stable, but he got six more films out of it in later years) in which a group of outlaws (wrongly jailed this time) are let out to join up with the good guys against a worse bunch of outlaws. And, not unusual in the B-western genre, most of the production crew wore several hats; director Robert N. Bradbury and supervisor Lindsley Parsons wrote a song for Tommy Bupp, one of the actually good kid actors of the time who proved real quick-like that singing wasn't his strong suit, while Robert Emmett Tansey worked three jobs under three names... Robert Emmett on story and screenplay, Robert Tansey as the production manager and Al Lane as the assistant director. And, for a change, music director Frank Sanucci actually earned a composers' credit as he did write a song, as opposed to the multi-times some source keeps insisting on crediting him as a composer when he was really the ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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THE HARD FIGHTIN', SMOOTH SINGIN' COWBOY STAR RIDES THE PRAIRIE PLAINS FOR THE BIG WILD HORSE ROUNDUP!...With His Pals---Little Tommy Bupp And The Marvelous Police Dog "Smokey." See more »


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3 April 1937 (USA)  »

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Hittin' the Trail for Home  »

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The earliest documented telecast of this film in New York City occurred Saturday 22 July 1950 on WABD (Channel 5). See more »

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Edited into Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch (1976) See more »

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Ridin' the Old Prairie Trail
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Written by Ray Whitley
Performed by Ray Whitley and His Range Ramblers: Norman Phelps, Earl Phelps,
Willie Phelps and Ken Card
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Hittin' the Bottom
1 July 2010 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

After shaving, horse-trader Tex Ritter (as Tex Randall) and cleaned-up partner Hank Worden (as Hank) are mistaken for outlaws. They are quickly freed, as the plot seems to forget where it's going. Mr. Ritter is framed for some illegal horsing around. There ought to be a law. The DVD sleeve claims, "Action and suspense blend perfectly in this original, exciting Western." In your dreams. There are about one-and-a-half good songs, at least. And, it's amusing to watch Mr. Worden's background facial expressions.

** Hittin' the Trail (4/3/37) Robert N. Bradbury ~ Tex Ritter, Hank Worden, Earl Dwire, Tommy Bupp


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