Cattlemen's Protective Association agent Tom Wade and his partner Happy are assigned to look into the disappearance of rancher John Carroll, who has been abducted by Carson, who wants to ...
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Cattlemen's Protective Association agent Tom Wade and his partner Happy are assigned to look into the disappearance of rancher John Carroll, who has been abducted by Carson, who wants to use his out-of-the-way ranch as a base for his smuggling operations. Complications arise as Carrol's daughter, Rita, looking for him, has an unfriendly run-in with Wade, then later is herself kidnapped by Carson.Written by
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This film is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-1946. Because of poor documentation (feature films were often not identified by title in conventional sources) no record has yet been found of its initial television broadcast. It's earliest documented telecast occurred Saturday 6 May 1944 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). Its first post-WWII airings took place In St. Louis Saturday 7 February 1948 on KSD (Channel 5), in Chicago Saturday 19 June 1948 on WGN (Channel 7), in Baltimore Sunday 26 June 1949 on WMAR (Channel 2), and in Los Angeles Monday 23 January 1950 on KLAC (Channel 13). See more »
In 1937, the small producers were trying, desperately, to adapt to the changes in B westerns introduced, most notably, by Republic.
Thus, we have, here, Tom Tyler "singing" - I suspect the voice is someone else's - and riding with a sidekick called Happy (Howard Bryant) who wears a hat rather like Smiley Burnette's and also sings, albeit in a "funny" voice.
The homage to Autry movies continues with the familiar plot line of two girls from "back East", one pretty and independently minded (Jeanne Martel) and the other moderately pretty but very dizzy, motoring across the prairie, evading the bad guys and wondering whether or not to trust Tom and Happy.
Lafe McKee plays Martel's kidnapped father with many despairing looks and much hand wringing - in other words, he's an old ham! - and Forrest Taylor, cast against type as the leader of the crooks smiles in sinister fashion and appears to relish the change.
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