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Sing, Cowboy, Sing (1937)

Passed | | Action, Drama, Music | 22 May 1937 (USA)
Kalmus is after the freight contract held by Summers. When his gang kill Summers, Tex and Duke step in to help Madge keep the freight line going. When they foil the gang's further attempts, Kalmus gets the Judge to jail the two.


Robert N. Bradbury (as R.N. Bradbury)


Robert Emmett Tansey (screenplay) (as Robert Emmett)

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Complete credited cast:
Tex Ritter ... Tex Archer
White Flash White Flash ... White Flash
Louise Stanley ... Madge Summers
Al St. John ... Duke Evans
Charles King ... Red Holman - Henchman
Karl Hackett Karl Hackett ... Kalmus
Robert McKenzie ... Judge Roy Dean
Horace Murphy ... Marshal Tinker
'Snub' Pollard ... Prisoner (as Snub Pollard)
Hank Worden ... Henchman (as Heber Snow)
Chick Hannan ... Joe - Henchman (as Chick Hannon)
Milburn Morante ... Zeke (as Milt Morante)
Oscar Gahan ... Townsman
The Texas Tornadoes The Texas Tornadoes ... Saloon Musicians (as Tex Ritter's Tornadoes)


After a cowardly raid on Dad Summers' freight-wagons, in which Summers is killed and his freight shipment burned, Tex Archer and his sidekick, "Duke" Evans, arrive on the scene in time to save Madge Summers from plunging over a cliff in one of the runaway wagons. Kalmus, a competitor of Summers, staged the raid to destroy Summers franchise,which calls for a daily trip over the wagon route. Kalmus orders his henchman, "Red" Holman, to get rid of Tex. When Holman attacks Tex, his own gun goes off during a clinch in the fight and he falls, apparently dead. Tex is charged with murder and jailed. Kalmus incites his gang to storm the jail and lynch Tex. Meanwhile, Duke has discovered that Holman is alive and well. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

22 May 1937 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Kernville, California, USA See more »

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1.37 : 1
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A strand of several hairs is visible in the upper right corner of the screen for the first few minutes of the film. The hairs blow in the wind in front of the camera while Tex Ritter is singing and riding to open the film. See more »


Kalmus: By the way, what brings you to Tonto?
Tex Archer: Well...
Duke Evans: We're-we're looking for work. Done some entertainin' in our time and folks say not bad... I'm considered the best mandolin picker in Arizona and Tex here, he hits mighty few sour notes on the vocal chords.
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Like most Tex Ritter films, this one pales in comparison with many other westerns.
9 January 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Over the last couple years I have watched a huge number of B-westerns--such as the films of Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Tim McCoy, Bob Steele and many others. As a result, I have noticed that although these films were very quickly and cheaply made, some tend to be a lot better than others--and some tend to be a lot worse. While it might sound a bit cruel, Tex Ritter's films are among my least favorites. While he might have been a nice person in real life, his career was hindered by the incredibly poor production values of his films. Quite bluntly, the writing, budgets and acting were all strictly bargain basement compared to most of his contemporaries. "Sing, Cowboy, Sing" in no way changes my opinions.

The film begins with Ritter and his sidekick (Al St. John) come upon a group of incredibly bad shots who are begin slaughtered by a gang of equally well-armed and equal number of men! The pair arrive too late, though one member of the party is still alive--the rancher's daughter. Why were they attacked? Well, eventually it turns out that there is a freight business and the local baddie wants that franchise for himself--and killing off the rancher and his workers would normally do the trick. However, Tex and his friend decide to stay and help the woman with her business. Unfortunately, it will be tough, however, as the local judge is THE dumbest man in the history of westerns. Through most of the film, he just seemed corrupt and in the pocket of the baddie--but it turns out he's just an idiot! Can the boys defeat the idiot and the big baddie boss-man? While I enjoyed watching Snub Pollard and Al St. John since they were silent comedy stars, there isn't a lot to recommend this film. The plot is very derivative and predictable. The acting rather suspect. And, while Ritter sings a whole lot better than I ever could, he isn't even close to being the equal of Roy Rogers or Gene Autry in this regard. And, on top of that, he sings too much--including once when he's in jail! Overall, a weak film but pretty typical of what I've seen of the Tex Ritter films.

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