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The Man from Texas (1939)

Approved  |   |  Western  |  19 April 1939 (USA)
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Hall is after Dennison's land. The Marshal sends Tex to help Dennison while Hall hires the Shooting Kid to finish off Dennison. But the Kid has been helped by Tex in the past and changes ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Hal Price ...
Marshal 'Happy' Jack Martin
Charles B. Wood ...
Shooting Kid (as Charles B. 'Chuck' Wood)
Vic Demourelle ...
Jeff Hall (as Vic Demoruelle Jr.)
Henchman Drifter
Frank Wayne ...
Henchman Longhorn
Speed Dennison (as Kenneth Duncan)
Ruth Rogers ...
Laddie Dennison
Tom London ...
Henchman Slim
Chuck Baldra ...
Walter Wilson ...
Walt (posse rider)
Jim Thorpe ...
Posse Rider
Bud Pope ...
Posse Rider
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ralph Hoopes


Hall is after Dennison's land. The Marshal sends Tex to help Dennison while Hall hires the Shooting Kid to finish off Dennison. But the Kid has been helped by Tex in the past and changes sides. He, Tex, and the other hands then try to get Dennison's cattle past Hall's barricade and on to market. Written by Maurice VanAuken <>

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Release Date:

19 April 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Man from Hell's River  »

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1.37 : 1
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Written by Frank Harford
Sung by Tex Ritter
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One of Tex's Weaker Efforts
25 April 2009 | by (San Francisco, California) – See all my reviews

This is one of Tex Ritter's weaker efforts for Monogram. He sings only two songs. No real fist fights. No climactic battle between Tex and the evil villain. The potentially interesting part of the story is subordinated to the question of getting cattle through 'the short cut' on their way to market. We're left with a fairly weak western.

Tex plays a secret trouble shooter for 'the railroad' as he becomes involved in a ranch war (he pronounces it 'rainch') between the villain Hall's Circle H, and the good guy 'Speed' Dennison's cattle ranch. 'The Shooting Kid' (played by Chuck Woods in his second and last film) is introduced in the opening as the 'bad' son that Tex has promised the Kid's dying mother to guide to the path of good. Very quickly, the Kid becomes the hired gun for Hall, as Tex goes to work for Dennison. The Kid has to walk a tightrope whenever, with Hall's other henchmen, he has an opportunity to kill Dennison or Tex and has to weasel out of doing it. This dramatic thread is the most interesting part of the film but it never becomes the main focus.

As expected, the Kid finally joins up with Tex as he and Dennison's hands, and the sheriff's deputies, take the cattle through the short cut while shooting it out with Hall and his henchmen.

Kenne Duncan has a few scenes as Dennison. The female 'prairie flower' Laddie (Ruth Rogers) has a virtually non existent part. Ms. Rogers appeared in 34 mostly uncredited roles. Tom London, veteran of almost 600 westerns has a brief scene. As for Chuck Wood, two six guns and a fringed Hoot Gibson / 'Range Rider' jacket do not an actor make.

Nothing really going on here except for listening to Tex Ritter's fantastic drawl and easy going twinkling manner. The movie isn't more than a 3.

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