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Down the Wyoming Trail (1939)

Approved | | Action, Music, Romance | 14 June 1939 (USA)
Tex arrives on the Parker ranch on Christman eve and is given the job of being Santa Claus. Also dressed as Santa Claus, Blackie robs Parker and kills a man. When Tex is arrested for the ... See full summary »

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White Flash ...
Mary Brodel ...
Candy Parker (as Mary Brodell)
Bobby Larson ...
Jerry Parker
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George Red Becker
Bob Terry ...
Blackie
Horace Murphy ...
Sheriff Missouri
Jack Ingram ...
Henchman Monte
Earl Douglas ...
Henchman Silent Smith
Frank LaRue ...
McClellan
Ernie Adams ...
Limpy Watkins
Charles Sargent ...
Ted Kern
Edward Coxen ...
Whiskers (as Ed Coxen)
Jean Sothern ...
Waitress Hilda
The Northwesterners ...
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Tex arrives on the Parker ranch on Christman eve and is given the job of being Santa Claus. Also dressed as Santa Claus, Blackie robs Parker and kills a man. When Tex is arrested for the murder, he escapes and joins up with outlaw Becker and his gang. He finds Blackie's Santa Claus suit but is soon made a prisoner. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Your two-fisted Texas troubadour joins an outlaw band...and serenades a killer..with flaming 45's! (original print ad) See more »


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14 June 1939 (USA)  »

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The Wild Herd  »

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This film received its initial USA telecast Thursday 26 February 1942 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). See more »

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As Tex is singing "There's a Valley in Wyoming" to Candy Parker in front of a process screen showing stock footage of a herd of elk, in the middle of the song the herd disappears from the background as the stock footage ends and then quickly starts up again from the beginning. See more »

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In Elk Valley
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Written by Johnny Lange and Lew Porter
Sung by Tex Ritter
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A Secret Everybody Knows
27 March 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Tex Ritter rides into Elk Valley where a gang of rustlers has been operating in the dead of winter. These varmints are even getting the elks in on it, using them to break a trail in the snow they can drive the stolen cattle. He saves the herd one time earning the gratitude of Mary Brodel and her little brother Bobby Larson.

He's even drafted into playing Santa Claus at Christmas, but the ranch payroll is rubbed and someone killed by a man wearing a Santa Claus outfit. Tex is almost lynched and even his friend sheriff Horace Murphy is at a loss. Still he escapes to find the real killer.

Which you know he will do since he is the cowboy hero. The plot here took a far turn as the outlaw leader has a terrible secret over Brodel and Larson. Everyone else and his brother knows, but the idea is to keep it from them. It got a little ridiculous in my opinion.

Tex escapes the outlaw's clutches with a little skill at a winter sport. This one was way too far fetched and at times got downright maudlin. I don't think the Saturday matinée crowd was too crazy about this one.


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