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Enemy of the Law (1945)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Music | 7 May 1945 (USA)
To get the money hidden by Gray before he was caught, the Rangers send Perkins to prison to become his friend. When the two get out, Perkins is unaware that Gray has printed the map to the loot on the bottom of his foot.


Harry L. Fraser (as Harry Fraser)


Harry L. Fraser (original screenplay) (as Harry Fraser)




Complete credited cast:
Tex Ritter ... Tex Haines
Dave O'Brien ... Dave Wyatt
Guy Wilkerson ... Panhandle Perkins
Kay Hughes ... Ruby Lawson (Ruby Martin in credits)
Jack Ingram ... Steve Martin
Charles King ... Charley Gray (as Charles King Jr.)
Frank Ellis Frank Ellis ... Henchman Red
Kermit Maynard ... Henchman Mike
Henry Hall ... Sheriff


Charley Gray is about to be released from the state penitentiary after serving a long term for the robbery of a government gold shipment. The gold was never recovered, so the Texas Ranger chief has Ranger Panhandle Perkins planted in the prison as Charley's cell-mate in the hopes Charley will tell him where the loot is buried. Charley has a map of the location but is afraid it may be discovered so, while Panhandle is asleep, he draws a copy of it on the sole of Panhandle's foot. Charley then destroys the map but intends to keep "Panhandle" close to him upon their release from prison. Charley makes Panhandle accompany him back to the town where the rest of the hold-up gang is holed up. They go to the saloon owned by Steve Martin, also a member of the hold-up gang, but Charley was the one who buried the loot before he was captured and Charley has no intentions of divulging the location of the gold. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The earliest documented telecasts of this film occurred in both New York City and Baltimore Sunday 13 February 1949 on WCBS (Channel 2) and on WMAR (Channel 2), and in Los Angeles Monday 14 February 1949 on KTTV (Channel 11). See more »


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Tex Ritter And The Case Of The $250,000 Dirty Sock!
15 April 2010 | by FightingWesternerSee all my reviews

The Texas Rangers send agent Guy Wilkerson to prison in order to get close to armed robber Charles King and discover the whereabouts of $250,000 in stolen loot. Once paroled, the duo meet up with King's gang, followed soon after by Tex Ritter and Dave O'Brien, who's attempts to get close to the outlaws prove to be a bit harder.

This entry in Producers Releasing Corporation's Texas Rangers series has less of Tex and O'Brien than usual, but proves to be a good showcase for sidekick Wilkerson, who spends most of the movie with a treasure map inked on the bottom of his foot, as well as prolific bad guy King, who seems a little more sympathetic than usual, that is until he commits murder!

A fairly entertaining picture, this has an interesting story and a few good fistfights. It's too bad though, that PRC had a habit of skimping on the music, leaving Tex with only a couple of brief songs.

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