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Texas to Bataan (1942)

Approved | | Western, War | 16 October 1942 (USA)
In the 17th of the 24 films in Monogram's "Range Buster" series, Texas ranch owner Conroy returns from Washington with an order for horses to be shipped to the Philippines. The Range ... See full summary »


Robert Emmett Tansey (as Robert Tansey)


Arthur Hoerl (story), Arthur Hoerl (screenplay)

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Complete credited cast:
John 'Dusty' King ... 'Dusty' King
David Sharpe ... Davy Sharpe
Max Terhune ... 'Alibi' Terhune (as Max 'Alibi' Terhune)
Elmer Elmer ... Elmer Sneezeweed - Alibi's Dummy
Marjorie Manners ... Dallas Conroy
Steve Clark ... Tom Conroy
Budd Buster ... Tad Kelton
Escolastico Baucin Escolastico Baucin ... Cookie
Frank Ellis Frank Ellis ... Ken Richards
Kenne Duncan ... Captain Anders (as Kenneth Duncan)
Guy Kingsford Guy Kingsford ... Miller
Carl Mathews Carl Mathews ... Engel
Tex Palmer ... Grub
Tom Steele ... Lemac-Truck Driver
Al Ferguson Al Ferguson ... Cafe Henchman


In the 17th of the 24 films in Monogram's "Range Buster" series, Texas ranch owner Conroy returns from Washington with an order for horses to be shipped to the Philippines. The Range Busters, Dusty, Davy and Alibi, are selected to take the horses there but, before leaving, they capture three spies who are trying to steal the horses and also learn that the ranch cook, Cookie, is a Japanese spy, but he manages to escape. In the Philippines, they go to a café for dinner and see Cookie and Miller, a German spy. Eavesdropping, they learn that Ken Richards, a neighboring Texas rancher, is the Axis contact back in the states. They capture Cookie and break up the spy ring in the Phillipines, and then return to Texas intent on settling matters with Richards. They do so and are honored by the U.S. Government just as the radio blares forth the December 7, 1941 announcement of the Pearl Harbor bombing. They head for the nearest enlistment station. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Blasting Their Way to Fame and Glory on Dangerous Bataan! (original print ad) See more »


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16 October 1942 (USA) See more »

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O cow-boys sto Bataan See more »

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Range Busters See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Followed by Cowboy Commandos (1943) See more »


Me and My Pony
Words and Music by John 'Dusty' King (as John King)
Sung by John 'Dusty' King (uncredited)
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Beware evil Axis--Elmer is coming to get you!
14 June 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The Range Busters were a series of films similar to the Three Mesquiteers films. And, like this other series, the makeup of the three characters changed quite a bit. In this case, the usual star of the films, Ray Corrigan, is gone and is replaced by the young stuntman, David Sharpe (who, frankly, looked like a high school kid). In addition, you have Max Terhune with Elmer (huh?!) and Dusty King. As for King, he sings a lot--something which I never particularly loved in these B-westerns. On top of that, his songs all are about horses. The first is REALLY weird (and a bit disturbing) as he sings on and on about his love for his horse! But what is even weirder is the plot. This one has to do with the Axis infiltration of the west--yes, the Axis!! Japanese and German spies abound and it's up to the trio to fight them with good 'ol Americanism! In addition to fighting the evil Axis out west, the Range busters inexplicably end up in the Philippines!! And, the Philippines soon were to fall to the Japanese meaning that apparently the Range Busters just weren't enough to thwart the entire Japanese Imperial Navy and Army.

Now pretty much all of the Range Buster films were silly and had little to do with the old west. In fact, many (like this one) were set in the present day, many were not. Add on top of that there's the goof-ball Terhune who walks about with a ventriloquist dummy, King singing and spies, it's all a completely bizarre and silly hodgepodge. In fact, it's about the silliest western I've ever seen--apart from "The Terror of Tiny Town". Amazingly dumb and bad, this film is STILL worth watching for its kitsch value. It's so ridiculous and so perplexing to watch that it somehow is entertaining.

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