The sixth film of Monogram's eight-film series, "The Rough Riders", has U. S. Marshals Buck Roberts (Buck Jones) and Tim McCall (Tim McCoy) coming to a Texas town to visit their friend, U. ... See full summary »


(as Howard J. Bretherton)


(original screenplay) (as Jess Bowers)

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Complete credited cast:
Dave Dodge
Lois Austin ...
Stella (posing as Ann Dodge)
Sheriff Trump
Bert Logan
Bartender Pete
Henchman Steve
Silver ...
Silver, Buck's Horse


The sixth film of Monogram's eight-film series, "The Rough Riders", has U. S. Marshals Buck Roberts (Buck Jones) and Tim McCall (Tim McCoy) coming to a Texas town to visit their friend, U. S. Marshal Sandy Hopkins (Raymond Hatton), only to learn that he has disappeared, and is suspected of the murder of John Dodge (Jack Daley), owner of practically the whole town, except the hotel Sandy owns and runs when he isn't on an assignment as a Marshal. The murder has been committed by the henchmen of Bart Logan (Harry Woods), who intends to take over the dead man's property and whose men are holding Sandy prisoner to make it appear that he fled after arguing with and killing Dodge. Just before the murder, Logan sent a letter to Dodge with the news that the latter's long-missing wife is returning, and in a short while, Stella (Lois Austin), a Logan accomplice, arrives posing as the missing Ann Dodge, thus establishing her right to the Dodge property. Sandy, allowed to escape, returns ... Written by Les Adams <>

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Buck, Tim and Ray "take on" a gang of Texas killers... who know every outlaw trick... and stop at nothing!


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Release Date:

22 May 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La ley del norte  »

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1.37 : 1
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This film's earliest documented telecasts occurred in New York City Thursday 3 June 1948 on WCBS (Channel 2) and in Los Angeles Wednesday 16 February 1949 on KNBH (Channel 4). See more »


U. S. Marshal Buck Roberts: Boy, and to think we came down here to give this old buzzard a birthday party... and to think it almost became a necktie party!
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Follows Arizona Bound (1941) See more »


The Rough Rider's Song
Written by Edward J. Kay
Sung over opening and closing credits by a male chorus
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Pretty poor all around
4 December 2015 | by (California) – See all my reviews

I've only seen two of the "Rough Riders" series--this one and "Dawn on the Great Divide". I was much more impressed with "Dawn" than I am with this one. Hopefully, the other entries in the series are better than this one is.

For one thing, it's as slow as molasses. Director Howard Bretherton--who also did "Dawn"--is usually a much faster-paced director than this film would indicate. As previously mentioned, it's actually hard to follow, and I got tired early on of Tim McCoy's strutting and preening. I liked Buck Jones' work far better--he had a quiet authority that I found refreshing and he didn't seem to be deliberately trying to upstage or overshadow his fellow actors. as McCoy appeared to be doing. I didn't think much of Raymond Hatton--I usually don't--and he didn't give me any reason to change my mind in this picture. It had a good supporting cast-- Glenn Strange, John Merton, the great Harry Woods, Tom London, Dave O'Brien--but its leaden pace, a very poorly done shootout in a saloon and its somewhat convoluted plot all work against it. It looks rushed--at one point Tom London, playing a crooked bartender, blows one of his lines and, in typical Monogram fashion, it's left in--and it just doesn't come together at all. If "Dawn on the Great Divide" was typical of the "Rough Riders" series, then I'll be looking for more of them. If "Down Texas Way" is typical, then I won't be.

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