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Along the Rio Grande (1941)

Passed | | Action, Music, Western | 7 February 1941 (USA)
When Jeff, Smokey, and Whopper try to help their boss Pop Edwards, they find themselves in jail for robbery and Pop murdered. They know Doc Randall is the culprit and when Doc's men break ... See full summary »


Edward Killy


Arthur V. Jones (screenplay), Morton Grant (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Tim Holt ... Jeff
Ray Whitley ... Smokey
Betty Jane Rhodes ... Mary Loring
Emmett Lynn ... Whopper
Robert Fiske ... Doc Randall
Hal Taliaferro ... Sweetwater Sheriff
Carl Stockdale ... Joe Turner
Slim Whitaker ... Henchman Pete
Monte Montague ... Henchman Kirby
Ruth Clifford ... Paula
Harry Humphrey ... Pop Edwards


When Jeff, Smokey, and Whopper try to help their boss Pop Edwards, they find themselves in jail for robbery and Pop murdered. They know Doc Randall is the culprit and when Doc's men break one of his henchman out of jail the three go with him. They join Doc's gang across the border and their objective now is to get Doc to re-cross so he can be arrested. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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GUNS AND FISTS FIGHT FOR RIGHT...WHERE ROMANCE AND ACTION MEET! (original poster- all caps) See more »


Action | Music | Western


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Release Date:

7 February 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A través de Río Grande See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ray Whitley had been playing the loyal sidekick to Tim Holt even before Holt became a major cowboy star. See more »


Featured in Invasion (1969) See more »


Gwine to Rune All Night
("De Camptown Races")
Written by Stephen Foster (1850)
Played by a piano as background music in the cantina
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RKO's own three Mesquiteers
3 September 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Taking a cue from the successful Three Mesquiteers series at Republic Pictures, RKO teamed their cowboy B picture star Tim Holt with two sidekicks, singing and guitar strumming Ray Whitely and in the cussed old timer role Emmett Lynn.

The man the trio works for is kidnapped and held for ransom and the trio are forced into robbing a bank for the ransom money. They're too late with it and the man is killed by outlaw leader Robert Fiske.

But a peculiar chain of events allow Holt, Lynn, and Whitley to infiltrate Fiske's gang. The three act like a fifth column to bring in the outlaw gang.

Fiske is a particularly vicious villain who's not a fool by any means. Can't say as much for his outlaw gang, but I guess he just couldn't get good help.

Emmett Lynn's character is named 'Whopper' for the tall tales he'll spin at the drop of a hat and at the wrong time. He's funny, but he does get on Holt's nerves a bit. But in the end he does pull off a really neat trick to capture the whole band.

Along The Rio Grande is a nicely paced B western as Tim Holt westerns always were. Holt was one of the better B cowboy heroes and this film is typical of what RKO cast him in before his World War II service.

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