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Roll Wagons Roll (1940)

Approved | | Western | 16 August 1940 (USA)
Oregon fur traders are attempting to keep pioneers migrating westward out of the territory by inciting the Indians to attack their wagon trains. The U.S. Army sends Tex Masters (Tex Ritter)... See full summary »


(as Al Herman)


(story and screenplay), (story and screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Tex Masters
Rawhide (Lucky in credits)
Nolan Willis ...
Henchman Slade
Henchman Trigger
Henchman Matt Grimes
Steve Coleman
Captain Clay (as Kenneth Duncan)
Pioneer Rider
White Flash ...


Oregon fur traders are attempting to keep pioneers migrating westward out of the territory by inciting the Indians to attack their wagon trains. The U.S. Army sends Tex Masters (Tex Ritter) to uncover who is supplying the Indians with Army rifles. He and his pal Rawhide (Nelson McDowell) ---called "Lucky" in the credits and pressbook---join up with the wagon train headed by Benson (Frank LaRue) and his daughter Ruth (Muriel Evans). When a staged "accident" almost kills Benson, Tex discovers it was the work of Matt Grimes (Tom London), the train scout, but can't prove it. He and Grimes have a row when Tex insists that the train take a different route from the one Grimes recommends, and Grimes quits the train and goes off the set the Indians on Benson's outfit. Tex saves the train, but Ruth and her father now believe that Tex is in league with the Indians, and they fire him. In town, Tex and Rawhide see Grimes conferring with Steve Coleman (Reed Howes), a fur trader. That night, Tex ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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WAR WHOOPS ON THE PRAIRIE!...Hot lead against flaming Indian arrows...as a two-gun singing Texan blazes a bloody trail to Oregon! See more »




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16 August 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Roll Covered Wagon  »

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1.37 : 1
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The earliest documented telecast of this film occurred Friday 3 April 1942 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). Post-WWII television viewers got their first look at it in New York City Sunday 19 September 1948 on WCBS (Channel 2) and in Los Angeles Monday 4 December 1950 on KTSL (Channel 2). See more »


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"I thought I saw a snake!"
16 July 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

To which our hero replies, "You must have been looking in a mirror then," to one of the villain's henchmen. Tex Ritter is probably best know for singing the theme song to classic western 'High Noon.' But he made quite a few westerns of his own, none,sadly in the same class as the aforementioned High Noon and all of them distinctly very low-budget.I suspect that a lot of the action scenes involving indians on the rampage are stock footage from other westerns.

Just the same,Ritter is an amiable hero with his trademark soft Texas drawl which underlies a quick temper when trouble rears it's head.Here it's in the form of crooked trader wanting to stop wagon trains settling in his area.

There's action along the way,a bit of romance,a couple of songs from Tex and it all ends well in less than an hour. Nothing startling but it passed the time quite nicely on a sunny summer evening.

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