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Two Marshalls in search of the Marshall...
MartinHafer6 June 2011
Warning: Spoilers
This is one of eight "Rough Riders" movies from Monogram Pictures. Despite a name that makes me giggle (don't ask), the films weren't all that interesting--mostly because the production values and energy levels were so low. But, as I am a big Tim McCoy fan, I decided to watch this film anyway.

The plot is quite confusing. It finds US Marshalls Buck (Buck Jones) and Tim (Tim McCoy) going to meet their friend, Marshall Sandy (Raymond Hatton). However, Sandy has disappeared and is accused of murder. Can Buck and Tim find their friend, sort out this mess and bring the real killer to justice? The biggest thing that surprised me was seeing McCoy's character killing several of the bad guys. None of this shooting them in the hand crap--I am talking about plugging them! This was quite practical and I liked it--too bad the rest of the film wasn't so cool. In fact, the film is VERY slow up until the finale. And, when the finale came, it was also a bit lame. In particular, I loved the battle where the baddies and the hero were all only about 10 feet apart behind tables and were shooting non-stop for about 5 minutes. The tables were totally unsplintered and no one got hurt! Yet, while this was happening, Tim was killing baddies with crazy abandon just down the street! Crazy!

I can't compare this to the Rough Rider films, as it's only about the third one I've seen. However, as a Tim McCoy film its quality is far lower and more dreary than the stuff he was making just a few years earlier. At best fair entertainment.
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More suited to a Ruritanian costume drama
bkoganbing29 January 2017
Buck Jones, Tim McCoy and Raymond Hatton saddle up for yet another adventure in Monogram's Rough Rider series in Down Texas Way. The guys are getting together for Hatton's birthday, but no mention of how old he is. But Hatton's screen credits go back to the earliest days of motion pictures.

The plot is more like one in one of those Ruritanian costume dramas. Hatton's friend Jack Daley who owns most of the town that Hatton lives in is shot down like a dirty dog. He was expecting his long estranged wife to visit. But chief villain Harry Woods has a plan to send a ringer in posing as the late man's widow and inherit all. Worse than that Lois Austin the ringer is going to pretend to be the mother of Daley's son, Dave O'Brien. Boy that's the lowest kind of cur going in any western I've watched.

This one kind of creaks. Only when Austin and Hatton are on the scene does Down Texas Way have any real life. For completists only.
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Batting 50/50 so far
fredcdobbs54 December 2015
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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