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The Texas Marshal (1941)

Passed | | Western | 13 July 1941 (USA)
Local "patriot's league" leader secretly kills off ranchers, buys up their estates, which are undermined with tin ore; Marshal and singing cowpoke team up to find villain and motive.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kay Leslie ...
Marge Adams
Karl Hackett ...
Ernest Moore
Sam Adams
Henchman Ray Titus
Buzz Weston
Banker Henderson
John Gorham
Wilson Edwards ...
Radio Announcer
Byron Vance ...
Deputy Bill
Rhythm Riders ...
Gene Haas ...
Rhythm Riders Band Member (as Art Davis' Rhythm Riders)
Ace Dehne ...
Rhythm Riders Band Member (as Art Davis' Rhythm Riders)
Rusty Cline ...
Rhythm Riders Band Member (as Art Davis Rhythm Riders)


Around the town of Cactus Creek a rancher has been killed and others are missing and Marshal Tim Rand has been called in. Ernest Moore has found tin ore and now holds many of the rancher's deeds. Comparing bullets leads Tim to Moore's henchman and then opening Moore's safe he finds the ore samples and the deeds. But his plan to bring in Moore and his men using Art Davis' short wave radio is thwarted when Art is captured. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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1.37 : 1
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The earliest documented telecast of this film in the New York City area was Saturday 28 August 1948 on WATV (Channel 13), which broadcast from Newark, New Jersey, and was the first independent television station in the New York City market. In Detroit it first aired Thursday 30 December 1948 on WJBK (Channel 2). See more »


Riding Down the Texas Trail
Written by Johnny Lange and Lew Porter
Performed by Art Davis and the Rhythm Riders
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25 April 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Although this film is from Alpha Video, its quality is a lot better than most of their other Tim McCoy films. While some of it's too dark and the sound is off, it's bearable.

Of all the B-western series cowboys, Tim McCoy is one of my favorites. He was a bit better actor than most (able to play various types of parts), was great with his gun, wasn't too pretty and, most importantly, did NOT sing! However, I noticed that much of the plot of this later McCoy film involves singing! Yuck. Fortunately it's not Tim singing, but some friends of his--friends who are like the Sons of the Pioneers. Could this film be a deliberate attempt by the film makers at PRC to keep up with Gene Autry and Roy Rogers and their style of film? And, if so, does this mean the series has 'jumped the shark'? Keep reading and see for yourself.

McCoy plays the Marshall in the title. Some local supposed 'do-gooders' are using their organization, the so-called 'League of Patriots' to hide their real intentions. Instead of goodness and civic-mindedness, they are really planning on hiding behind their organization to buy up local ranches, as only they realize that there's a fortune in tin hiding under the land.

What happens next is pretty much typical McCoy EXCEPT for the dopey singing. As a result, it's well worth seeing if you are a fan--but also a bit of a disappointment.

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