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The Ranger and the Lady (1940)

While Sam Houston in in the nation's capital trying to get Texas into the Union, his aide is trying to impose a self-serving tax on the use of the Santa Fe trail. The lady owner of a wagon ... See full summary »

Director:

Joseph Kane

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Gerald Geraghty (screenplay), Stuart Anthony (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Roy Rogers ... Texas Ranger Captain Roy Colt
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Texas Ranger Sergeant Gabby
Julie Bishop ... Jane Tabor (as Jacqueline Wells)
Harry Woods ... Kincaid
Henry Brandon ... General Augustus Larue
Noble Johnson ... Lobo
Si Jenks ... Hank Purdy
Ted Mapes ... Kramer - Henchman
Yakima Canutt ... Mack
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While Sam Houston in in the nation's capital trying to get Texas into the Union, his aide is trying to impose a self-serving tax on the use of the Santa Fe trail. The lady owner of a wagon train is using the trail, and a Texas Ranger comes to her assistance. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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A roaring Texas Ranger and an untamed girl...sweethearts of the dangerous young West!

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Music | Western

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Cowboy e a Dama See more »

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Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The map in Larue's office shows "New Mexico" and "Colorado Territory", however in the time of this movie these areas still belonged to Mexico. Several characters in the movie even refer to those areas as Mexico. See more »

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As Long As We're Dancing
Written by Peter Tinturin
Sung by Roy Rogers
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Made watchable by Gabby and Purdy
3 October 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I think if it hadn't been for the characters of Gabby (Gabby Hayes) and Purdy (Si Jenks), this film wouldn't have been very watchable. After all, the plot didn't always make sense. Another thing that didn't make sense was how the old Roy Rogers films were hacked to pieces to shorten them for TV slots. In this particular case, it was worse than usual in this regard, as Roy Rogers and the lady (Julie Bishop) begin hating each other for no reason--because their first meeting was cut out of the film! Seeing her suddenly treating him like dirt made her seem insane to say the least.

The story is set in the Republic of Texas in the 1830s. The President, Sam Houston, is away in Washington. In his place, an crooked despot is ignoring the law and exploiting the masses. And, this jerk hopes to kill Houston when he's returning and make himself the leader of Texas. So, it's up to Roy to defeat him and restore justice.

Does all this sound very familiar? Well, it should. It's the plot to Robin Hood and Ivanhoe re-worked (just a tiny bit) along with an irrelevant and difficult to believer plot involving Biship. It's all quite silly but the film has one thing going for it--the repartee between Gabby and Purdy. I am not trying to be a jerk for saying it, but they seemed just like a couple the way they bickered. And, in the end, when Gabby saw that Roy got the girl, he responds "...better off dead!"--convincing me once and for all that Purdy and Gabby, indeed, had a STRONG gay subtext. I find it hard to believe this was unintentional. But this alone isn't enough reason to seek out this film--it's just not all that good.

By the way, accuracy was never a strong point in Roy Rogers films. In this case, the cowboys all use guns circa 1870 (give or take)--firing bullet after bullet after bullet. For the most part, guns were all single-shot back then. A few RARE revolvers did exist but had to be hand-loaded--a very slow process--especially since a percussion cap needed to be affixed to each chamber as well. So, such gun fights simply weren't possible at that time--not that that ever stopped a B-western! guns were NOT period


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