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Down Texas Way (1942)

The sixth film of Monogram's eight-film series, "The Rough Riders", has U. S. Marshals Buck Roberts (Buck Jones) and Tim McCall (Tim McCoy) coming to a Texas town to visit their friend, U. ... See full summary »

Director:

Howard Bretherton (as Howard P. Bretherton)

Writer:

Adele Buffington (original screenplay) (as Jess Bowers)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Buck Jones ... U.S. Marshal Buck Roberts
Tim McCoy ... U.S. Marshal Tim McCall
Raymond Hatton ... U.S. Marshal Sandy Hopkins
Luana Walters ... Mary Hopkins
Dave O'Brien ... Dave Dodge
Lois Austin Lois Austin ... Stella - Posing as Ann Dodge
Glenn Strange ... Sheriff Trump
Harry Woods ... Bert Logan
Tom London ... Pete
John Merton ... Steve
Silver Silver ... Silver - Buck's Horse
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The sixth film of Monogram's eight-film series, "The Rough Riders", has U. S. Marshals Buck Roberts (Buck Jones) and Tim McCall (Tim McCoy) coming to a Texas town to visit their friend, U. S. Marshal Sandy Hopkins (Raymond Hatton), only to learn that he has disappeared, and is suspected of the murder of John Dodge (Jack Daley), owner of practically the whole town, except the hotel Sandy owns and runs when he isn't on an assignment as a Marshal. The murder has been committed by the henchmen of Bart Logan (Harry Woods), who intends to take over the dead man's property and whose men are holding Sandy prisoner to make it appear that he fled after arguing with and killing Dodge. Just before the murder, Logan sent a letter to Dodge with the news that the latter's long-missing wife is returning, and in a short while, Stella (Lois Austin), a Logan accomplice, arrives posing as the missing Ann Dodge, thus establishing her right to the Dodge property. Sandy, allowed to escape, returns ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 May 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La ley del norte See more »

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Production Co:

Great Western Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecasts occurred in New York City Thursday 3 June 1948 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Los Angeles Wednesday 16 February 1949 on KNBH (Channel 4), and in Philadelphia Wednesday 2 November 1949 on Frontier Playhouse on WPTZ (Channel 3). See more »

Quotes

U. S. Marshal Buck Roberts: You know, Logan, this Mrs. Dodge doesn't look any more like your Mrs. Dodge than I look like Abraham Lincoln.
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Connections

Follows Below the Border (1942) See more »

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Batting 50/50 so far
4 December 2015 | by fredcdobbs5See all my reviews

I've only seen two of the "Rough Riders" series--this and "Dawn on the Great Divide". I was much more impressed with "Dawn" than I am with this one. Hopefully, the other entries in the series are better than this one is.

For one thing, it's as slow as molasses. Director Howard Bretherton--who also did "Dawn"--usually moves things along much faster than he does here. As mentioned by other reviewers, it's actually hard to follow, and I got tired early on of Tim McCoy's strutting and preening. I liked Buck Jones' work far better--he had a quiet authority that I found refreshing and he didn't seem to be deliberately trying to upstage or overshadow his fellow actors. as McCoy appeared to be doing. I didn't think much of Raymond Hatton--I usually don't--and he didn't give me any reason to change my mind in this picture. It had a good supporting cast--Glenn Strange, John Merton, the great Harry Woods, Tom London, Dave O'Brien--but its leaden pace, a very poorly done shootout in a saloon and its somewhat convoluted plot all work against it. It looks rushed--at one point Tom London, playing a crooked bartender, blows one of his lines and, in typical Monogram fashion, it's left in--and it just doesn't come together at all. If "Dawn on the Great Divide" was typical of the "Rough Riders" series, then I'll be looking for more of them. If "Down Texas Way" is typical, then I won't be.


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