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Down the Wyoming Trail (1939)

Approved | | Action, Music, Romance | 14 June 1939 (USA)
Tex arrives on the Parker ranch on Christmas eve and is given the job of being Santa Claus. Also dressed as Santa Claus, Blackie robs Parker and kills a man. When Tex is arrested for the ... See full summary »


Albert Herman (as Al Herman)


Peter Dixon (story), Roger Merton (story) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Tex Ritter ... Tex Yancey
White Flash White Flash ... Tex's Horse
Horace Murphy ... Sheriff Missouri
Mary Brodel ... Candy Parker
Bobby Larson ... Jerry Parker
Charles King ... George Red Becker
Bob Terry ... Blackie
Jack Ingram ... Henchman Monte
Earl Douglas ... Henchman Silent Smith
Frank LaRue ... McClellan
Ernie Adams ... Limpy Watkins
Charles Sargent Charles Sargent ... Ted Kern
Edward Coxen ... Whiskers (as Ed Coxen)
Jean Sothern Jean Sothern ... Waitress Hilda
The Northwesterners The Northwesterners ... Musicians


Tex arrives on the Parker ranch on Christmas eve and is given the job of being Santa Claus. Also dressed as Santa Claus, Blackie robs Parker and kills a man. When Tex is arrested for the murder, he escapes and joins up with outlaw Becker and his gang. He finds Blackie's Santa Claus suit but is soon made a prisoner. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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RUSTLERS RUN FOR COVER...AS TEX'S SIX GUNS WHIP THE RANGE! (original print ad-all caps) See more »


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This film received its initial USA telecast Thursday 26 February 1942 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). Post WWII televiewers got their first look at it in Chicago Saturday 19 March 1949 on WBKB (Channel 4) and in Cincinnati Saturday 17 September 1949 on WCPO (Channel 7). See more »


As Tex is singing "There's a Valley in Wyoming" to Candy Parker in front of a process screen showing stock footage of a herd of elk, in the middle of the song the herd disappears from the background as the stock footage ends and then quickly starts up again from the beginning. See more »


In Elk Valley
Written by Johnny Lange and Lew Porter
Sung by Tex Ritter
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Kids' stuff
2 October 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This installment of the Tex Ritter franchise must have been made for kids'. After all, the plot is extremely simple, folks behave like total idiots and it has a Santa Claus angle! As a result, it's the sort of western adults would be best to avoid.

When the film begins, Tex Yancy (Tex Ritter) arrives in Wyoming right in the middle of a cattle rustling epidemic. The baddies are stampeding the elk which, in turn, cause the cattle to stampede. The locals seem to have no idea how to handle this--mostly because they turn out to be idiots. In fact, just about EVERYONE in this film is stupid! Want an example? FIrst, Blackie, the trusted foreman, turns out to be evil! What a shock...a guy named Blackie is evil!! Second, Tex is supposed to dress up as Santa and pass out presents. The baddies find out about this and one of them dresses like Santa as well. And, after the baddie kills someone, EVERYONE believes Tex is a killer. Hello folks! It was a disguise and he was wearing a beard--this is NOT definitive evidence that Tex is a murderer! And, to provide equal time to the stupidity of the baddies, when Tex escapes prison (because the locals are going to string him up), the baddies welcome him--not remembering B-western cliché #3 (when the good guy escapes from prison, he is only POSING as a bad guy). Combining all this and the Christmas and cute little kid angle (yep, there is Jerry the cute kid), it's really hard to take this film seriously at all.

The bottom line is that there were thousands (perhaps billions) of B-westerns made and because of that, there are many, many better films you should watch first. Then, after you've seen every single one of these, only then is it worth seeing this silly film.

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Release Date:

14 June 1939 (USA) See more »

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The Wild Herd See more »

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Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA See more »

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