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The Cowboy from Sundown (1940)

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The drought-plagued ranchers of Sundown have to market their cattle at a loss in order to meet mortgage payments held by banker Cylus Cuttler. Then, Sheriff Tex Rockett is forced to ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Roscoe Ates ...
Deputy Gloomy Day
Nick Cuttler
George Pembroke ...
Cylus Cuttler (as Geo. Pembroke)
Patsy Moran ...
Prunella Wallaby
Pauline Haddon ...
Bee Davis (as Pauline Hadden)
Bret Stockton
Slim Andrews ...
Judge Hank Pritchard (as 'Slim' Andrews)
Bud Osborne ...
Pronto Parsons
Joe McGuinn ...
Rip Carter
Chick Hannan ...
Henchman Pete
Ben Varco


The drought-plagued ranchers of Sundown have to market their cattle at a loss in order to meet mortgage payments held by banker Cylus Cuttler. Then, Sheriff Tex Rockett is forced to quarantine all the cattle on the local ranches because of a hoof-and-mouth disease outbreak. Steve Davis herds his cattle to the railhead anyway, and Tex is forced to arrest him. Urged on by the banker's son, Nick Cuttler, the angry ranchers storm the jail, but Steve's sister Bee persuades them to await the trial. Steve, with Nick's help, breaks jail and is told he must kill Tex to aid the ranchers. Meanwhile, government man Bret Stockton and Tex see Nick and his men treating cattle in an unusual way. Tex finally proves that the Cuttlers have been treating the cattle with acid to give a false impression of the hoof-and-mouth disease. Written by Les Adams <>

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9 May 1940 (USA)  »

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Six Gun Galahad  »

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I've Done the Best I Can"
Written by Tex Ritter and Frank Harford
Sung by Tex Ritter
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Disagreeable Duty
28 March 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Cowboy From Sundown casts Tex Ritter as a local sheriff with some disagreeable duty to perform. He's got to quarantine various herds of cattle for hoof and mouth disease and the ranchers are already facing drought. Which is just great for banker George Pembroke, his bottom feeding son Carleton Young and their lawyer Tristram Coffin. These guys are looking to pick up ranches at a fire sale rate and they've even used their influences to prevent the ranchers from getting government loans to help them over the rough patch.

Not only that Young is making a move on Pauline Haddon who fancies Sheriff Ritter instead, but she's a cattle rancher also. In fact except for Deputy Roscoe Ates, Tex is pretty friendless through most of this film.

Monogram would have been better to put this in a modern west setting. Back in the day there were no agencies giving out government loans, but during the New Deal there certainly were. It's a major flaw in a film that was tailor made for the New Deal times.

Still it's an OK B western that I'm sure found an audience in 1940 with a plot that resonated the present.

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