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Trouble in Texas (1937)

Approved | | Action, Comedy, Musical | 6 March 1937 (USA)
Rodeo stars are being killed with poisoned needles, and Tex Ritter is next on the list.


(as R.N. Bradbury)


(screenplay) (as Robert Emmett)

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Complete credited cast:
White Flash ...
Carmen Serano (as Rita Cansino)
Henchman Squint Palmer
Henchman Pinto
Rodeo Announcer (as Tom Cooper)
Federal Officer
Middleton Sheriff
Jack C. Smith ...
Bix (as Jack Smith)
The Texas Tornadoes ...
Musicians (as Tex Ritter's Tornadoes)


Tex is on the rodeo circuit looking for the men that killed his brother and he finds them in Middleton. Barker expects his man Squint to win the prize money but when Tex starts winning all the events, they put the poisoned needle in his halter rope, planning to have him mysteriously die just as the others did. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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6 March 1937 (USA)  »

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Amazona do Texas  »

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Did You Know?


From "Weekly Variety" magazine: "Perhaps the best looker of any of the girls working in hoss pics to date is Grand National's latest recruit, Rita Cansino (Rita Hayworth). She was on the Fox lot for a while, and classes up the company she's on here." See more »


Middleton Sheriff: What's going on here?
Tex Masters: Why, me and this hombre were just going to settle a little argument - that is, if they have a private room that they don't value too highly.
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Remake of The Man from Utah (1934) See more »


A Cowboy's Lament
Sung by Tex Ritter with Rudy Sooter and Texas Tornados Band
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Tex vs. the terrible trio
22 May 2011 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

If you like your villains straightforward and straight-faced, then this is a fun little B western. Tex Ritter is given the unenviable task of taking on the baddie trio of Earl Dwire, Yakima Canutt and Charles King. (If you're familiar with these fellows, you will have no trouble guessing who is the brains of the gang and who is simply brawn.)

Luckily, Tex's character is not named "Tex Masters" for nothing. Besides competing for rodeo prizes and singing a handful of catchy tunes, he suspects that the crooks in town are indeed the villains who killed his brother years ago, and are thus the gang he has been seeking all this time on the rodeo circuit. He also annoys Yakima to the point of uttering a classic threat: "All right, you guitar-playin' songbird, if you got anything to say, say it fast!"

Rita Cansino (Hayworth) is fine as an undercover government agent also after the same gang. And Horace Murphy is mildly amusing as Lucky, Tex's sidekick. I am not familiar with his work, but if IMDb's filmography is to be believed, he was busy in 1937--this was one of over 30 movies he appeared in that year!

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