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The Utah Trail (1938)

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Tex and his sidekicks arrive to help out his friend Jeffers, a railroad owner, only to find that he has been killed. They quickly run into trouble with an outlaw gang in their attempt to ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
White Flash ...
Horace Murphy ...
Pee Wee (as Peewee Pollard)
Pamela Blake ...
Sally Jeffers (as Adele Pearce)
Karl Hackett ...
Hiram Slaughter
Charles King ...
Ed Cassidy ...
Sheriff Clayton (as Edward Cassidy)
Dave O'Brien ...
Mason - Bookkeeper (as David O'Brien)
Bud Osborne ...
Henchman Hank
Lynton Brent ...
Henchman Cheyenne
Rudy Sooter ...
Bandleader / Singer
The Texas Tornadoes ...
Saloon Band (as Tex Ritter's Tornadoes)


Tex and his sidekicks arrive to help out his friend Jeffers, a railroad owner, only to find that he has been killed. They quickly run into trouble with an outlaw gang in their attempt to find the mysterious ghost train that supposedly runs on Jeffer's line. Written by Maurice VanAuken <>

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Romance | Western






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Utah Trail
Written by Bob Palmer
Sung by Tex Ritter
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Enjoyable fluff.
19 October 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I've seen quite a few B-westerns during the last year--featuring many different old-time stars. The Tex Ritter films I've seen are a bit like lower budget Gene Autry or Roy Rogers films. Tex sings and fights for good just like the other two--but the films are also a bit rougher and cheaper in comparison--like a poor man's imitation of the original. I think I prefer Ritter's singing (the songs are just more fun) but his acting was a tad rough--with a delivery that seemed a bit amateurish. Now this does NOT mean I disliked the films--they just lacked the polish and standards of the Republic westerns.

When the film began, I was surprised to see that Tex had TWO sidekicks--not the usual one. And, I was even more surprised to see one billed as 'Pee Wee' Pollard--as it was actually the silent film comic, Snub Pollard. Seeing him in a western was weird as well as hearing his faint Australian accent in the American west. He and the other comic relief were actually pretty good, however--so I am not criticizing their use in the film.

The plot finds Tex investigating a so-called 'Ghost Train' that he been riding the rails of a railroad owned by a friend...a recently deceased friend. While the concept is a little bit unique (and I really prize plots in these films that are unique), the problem is that it's obvious to anyone watching the film who the baddies and the evil boss-man are--so there really isn't much of a mystery here. In addition, Ritter's character seemed like he could have used some psychotherapy or medication, as he seemed so gosh-darned mad all the time--and shouted many of his lines! Still, overall the film is worth seeing if you like the genre. Otherwise, I doubt if this will appeal much to the average viewer today.

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