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Rhythm of the Rio Grande (1940)

Approved | | Western | 2 March 1940 (USA)
Tex Regan (Tex Ritter) arrives at the Crane ranch just as Blackie (Earl Douglas) and Pete (Chick Hannon) are preparing to burn it. He drives them off, but is accused by Ruth Crane (Suzan ... See full summary »


(as Al Herman)


(original screenplay) (as Robert Emmett)

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Complete credited cast:
Suzan Dale ...
Ruth Crane
Pablo the Bandit
Frank Mitchell ...
Shorty (Tex's Sidekick)
Mike J. Rodriguez ...
Lopez (Pablo's Rider)
Juan Duval ...
Rego (Pablo's Rider)
Jim Banister
Henchman Pete
Earl Douglas ...
Henchman Blackie
Ranger Captain Edward Crane
Sheriff Hays (as Glen Strange)
James McNally ...
Ransom - Crooked Ranger
White Flash ...


Tex Regan (Tex Ritter) arrives at the Crane ranch just as Blackie (Earl Douglas) and Pete (Chick Hannon) are preparing to burn it. He drives them off, but is accused by Ruth Crane (Suzan Dale) of being in league with Pablo, the bandit, who is blamed for most of the territory's crime. Recognizing Blackie as a henchman of Jim Bannister (Tristram Coffin), Tex starts for the Bannister ranch but is captured and imprisoned. Bannister, however, sets him free. Although Bannister has never lost any cattle to Pablo, an emblem similar to those left after every raid blamed on Pablo, is found in Bannister's house. Tex, knowing Pablo to be innocent and actually only searching for the killer of his sister, persuades the outlaw to change his hide-out and then sets out to capture Bannister, the leader of the gang. But Tex is arrested as being a member of Pablo's gang and Pablo, seeing Tex with the lawmen, believes himself double-crossed. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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TEX'S SIX-GUNS DO HIS TALKING FOR HIM...when Mexican caballeros ambush the singing cowboy and his Texas Rangers in the border badlands! See more »








Release Date:

2 March 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Al cantar de las balas  »

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The earliest documented telecast of this film occurred Sunday 19 April 1942 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). Post-WWII television viewers in New York City got their first look at it Thursday 24 February 1949 on the Chuck Wagon on WCBS (Channel 2) and in Los Angeles Monday 6 November 1950 on KTSL (Channel 2). See more »


Mexicali Moon
Written by Frank Harford
Sung by Tex Ritter
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Is Pablo really so bad?
3 August 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Someone is raiding and killing and trying to drive the ranchers out.

Those still around - along with gullible Texas Rangers captain, Forrest Taylor - believe it is the work of wicked Pablo, the well known Mexican bandit. We know better of course: didn't we see those shifty expressions flitting across Tris Coffin's face? (What do you mean, he always looks like that?).

Tex isn't fooled either. Pablo so enjoys Tex's singing that Tex wisely opines that any man who loves music and singing has a heart and can't be responsible for all the crimes he is accused of! Great songs in this one. I loved Rhythm of the Rio Grande and Pablo so enjoyed Mexicali Moon that he felt too mellow to shoot anyone. There is also a strikingly pretty heroine in Suzan Dale who, as far as I can see, only made one film. I wonder why.

Absolute nonsense but I really enjoyed it!

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